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Did 2019 NFL Draft prospect send message to Patriots after Rob Gronkowski retirement?

Did 2019 NFL Draft prospect send message to Patriots after Rob Gronkowski retirement?

The New England Patriots currently have a massive hole at tight end after Rob Gronkowski decided to retire from the NFL on Sunday.

The Patriots' top two tight ends from last season, Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen (released before free agency), are gone. The question now is how will the Patriots add enough talent and depth at this position going into the 2019 campaign.

Next month's 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville seems like the best place to start, and one of the top tight end prospects in this year's class, Alabama's Irv Smith Jr., hinted at a potential spot on the Patriots with the following tweet from Sunday night.

Who wouldn't want to catch passes from Patriots quarterback Tom Brady?

Smith has been projected as a late first-round pick and someone who could be of interest to the Patriots at No. 32 overall. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick attended Alabama's pro day last week, which is where the photo in the tweet above comes from.

Smith tallied 44 receptions for 710 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior for the Crimson Tide last season.

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Goodell: No NFL discipline of Kraft until court case resolved

Goodell: No NFL discipline of Kraft until court case resolved

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters at the league's spring meetings on Wednesday that the NFL will take no disciplinary action against Robert Kraft until the Patriots owner's solicitation of prostitution case is resolved.

Also Wednesday, Judge Leonard Hanser indefinitely postponed Kraft's trial until the appeal by prosecutors of Hanser's decision to suppress the use of video evidence obtained at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida. Police say those videos show Kraft paying for sex when he the spa twice in a 24-hour period in January.

Kraft issued a public apology after the arrest and has pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor counts of solicitation.

The appeal over the videos won't be heard until at least Sept. 4. The Patriots open their season Sept. 8 against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Gillette Stadium, meaning Kraft will likely still be waiting for the resolution of his court case and any discipline from the NFL when the team's sixth Super Bowl championship banner is raised in a ceremony before that "Sunday Night Football" opener.

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Patriots treat fans to video of Julian Edelman's best mic'd up moments

Patriots treat fans to video of Julian Edelman's best mic'd up moments

The last few days have been fun for Julian Edelman.

The New England Patriots wide receiver agreed to a much-deserved two-year contract extension with the team Tuesday, and on Wednesday he celebrated his 33rd birthday.

The Patriots gave fans a treat Wednesday by posting a video to Twitter of Edelman's best mic'd up moments, including footage from multiple Super Bowl wins.

Check out the highlights and laughs in the video below:

Edelman has one of the best personalities on the Patriots, and with him signed through 2021 as a result of his extension, fans should expect many more great mic'd moments from the Super Bowl LIII MVP.

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