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Did Rob Gronkowski tell Drew Brees about NFL comeback at ESPYs?

Did Rob Gronkowski tell Drew Brees about NFL comeback at ESPYs?

Rob Gronkowski was all over the place at the 2019 ESPY Awards. And the retired New England Patriots tight end almost made it through the night without stirring up any NFL comeback drama...

... Until he stopped for a quick chat with New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.

The NFL on ESPN Twitter account posted a video of their interaction, and you can hear Gronk's part of the exchange. Have a listen:

Let's toss it to the Twitter detectives:

To channel Captain Obvious (who's randomly standing in the background), we have zero context for this conversation. But Gronk clearly tells Brees, "That's what I'm hoping for," before saying something slightly less audible that sounds a lot like, "I'm coming back."

Could Gronk and Brees be talking about something completely unrelated to football? Sure. Could Gronk be telling Brees he's hoping the Patriots are in contention again this season so he can return late in the year for their playoff push, as some have reported? It's possible.

It's also possible the 30-year-old ex(?) tight end was speaking sarcastically. Or maybe he told Brees he's planning to come back but will change his mind later. We have no idea.

But you'll forgive Boston fans for over-analyzing videos of star athletes' supposedly private conversations. Just look at where Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant ended up after their February hallway chat.

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Five Patriots plays among Top 30 on NFL 100 list

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Five Patriots plays among Top 30 on NFL 100 list

Last week, the NFL released all but the Top 30 of its 100 greatest plays as part of its 100th-anniversary celebration. Seven plays involving the Patriots cracked that list.

This week, it was a countdown of plays 30 to 1 and the Pats found themselves well-represented again. 

The list was selected by a panel of 50 voters (the same panel that votes for the NFL Awards and the All-Pro team), including our own Tom E. Curran, who listed his Top 20 plays earlier this summer, here. Voters were given a ballot of 100 plays and asked to rank 50.

The rest of the countdowns on NFL Network continue next week with Greatest Games (Sept. 27 & Oct. 4), Characters (Oct. 11 & Oct. 18), Game-Changers (Oct. 25 & Nov. 1) and Teams (Nov. 8 & Nov. 15).

The No. 1 play was Franco Harris' "Immaculate Reception" touchdown in the Pittsburgh Steelers' December 1972 playoff victory over the Oakland Raiders.

 

 

Report: Antonio Brown's latest incident 'enraged' Robert Kraft

Report: Antonio Brown's latest incident 'enraged' Robert Kraft

The Patriots gave Antonio Brown a shot at redemption when they signed him earlier this month, then another when they kept the wide receiver amid allegations of sexual assault.

But on Friday, enough was enough. When intimidating text messages sent by Brown to one of his accusers leaked to the public, that was the final straw.

Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft came to the conclusion cutting ties with Brown was in the best interest of the team. According to Jeff Howe of The Athletic, the decision stemmed from Kraft being "enraged" upon hearing about Brown's latest incident.

Howe writes:

Kraft, who was on a business trip, became enraged Friday when he heard the details of Brown’s most recently reported incident of text messaging harassment of a former female acquaintance. Kraft and Belichick spoke and decided together to officially release Brown just 11 days after the Patriots signed the controversial star receiver, according to sources.

Shortly before the release was announced, Belichick walked off the podium in the middle of his press conference following a flurry of questions related to Brown. He did note, however, “There are some things that we’re looking into.”

Brown's tenure in New England lasted only 11 days and one game -- last Sunday's 43-0 win over the Dolphins. Now, he's again a free agent faced with hoping another team will be willing to give him yet another chance.

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