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Curran: Patriots in horrible position without Rob Gronkowski

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Curran: Patriots in horrible position without Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski's retirement from the game of football is bittersweet.

On one hand, Gronk enjoyed a Hall-of-Fame career and couldn't have gone out on a better note after winning his third Super Bowl with the Patriots. On the other, his retirement means the Pats offense loses another key contributor and the team's pass-catching depth gets even thinner.

So just how much does Gronk's decision to retire affect the Patriots for next season? NBC Sports Boston's own Tom E. Curran joined Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk to discuss Gronk's retirement and why the Patriots currently are in a horrible position without him.

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Tom Brady's apparent workout video with Josh Gordon has Patriots fans fired up

Tom Brady's apparent workout video with Josh Gordon has Patriots fans fired up

We don't know when (or if) Josh Gordon will play his next game for the New England Patriots, but it seems he's not straying far.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady posted a brief Instagram video/GIF on Wednesday morning of him throwing a pass to someone who looks a lot like Gordon.

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Practice makes perfect.

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Brady's Instagram story features some still photos from the workout, one of which gives us a better look at Gordon.

The veteran wide receiver was suspended indefinitely in December for violating the terms of his reinstatement after multiple NFL drug policy violations, and there's no still timetable for his return.

Gordon signed his restricted tender with the Patriots in April, though, ensuring that if he plays anywhere in 2019, it will be with New England.

The former first-team All-Pro seemingly working out with Brady is a good sign that the Patriots are still keeping him in the mix. And as is the case with any remotely positive Gordon news, Pats fans in the Instagram comments couldn't contain their excitement.

Gordon joins rookie receiver N'Keal Harry and Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman among the wideouts to join Brady for his now-famous Instagram workout sessions this offseason.

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Shawne Merriman's hilarious Father's Day tweet will make Patriots fans smile

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Shawne Merriman's hilarious Father's Day tweet will make Patriots fans smile

Shawne Merriman is no fan of the New England Patriots, but his son's allegiances seems to differ a bit.

The former Los Angeles Chargers star posted a Father's Day tweet Sunday with a photo of his son getting ready to buy a Tom Brady Patriots jersey with a Super Bowl LI patch, and the three-time Pro Bowler's reaction is priceless. 

A Brady jersey probably is the last piece of NFL apparel that Merriman would want his son to buy, given his history with the Patriots.

Merriman still hasn't forgotten about the Patriots coming into San Diego and defeating the 14-2 Chargers in the 2006 AFC Divisional Round. It was the Chargers' best team in a long time, and after the Patriots won in dramatic fashion, some New England players mocked Merriman's sack dance during the on-field celebrations. Chargers players weren't happy at all.

But hey, props to Merriman's son, he knows greatness when he sees it. And he's not alone, evidenced by Brady once again leading all NFL players in royalties from sales of items including jerseys.

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