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Former Patriots UDFA Kenny Moore signs four-year extension with Colts

Former Patriots UDFA Kenny Moore signs four-year extension with Colts

A former Patriot signed a deal to become one of the highest-paid slot cornerbacks in the NFL on Thursday.

Kenny Moore joined the Patriots as an undrafted free agent in May 2017, but the 5-foot-9, 185-pounder was waived by the team during final cuts in September. Two years later, he inked a four-year extension with a max value of more than $36 million, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Moore tallied 76 tackles with 1.5 sacks, three interceptions, 11 passes defensed and a forced fumble in 2018. It was the 23-year-old's first season as the Colts' primary nickel cornerback.

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Cowboys ahead of Patriots? Madden NFL 20 team ratings may cause a stir

Cowboys ahead of Patriots? Madden NFL 20 team ratings may cause a stir

EA Sports released full player and team ratings for its "Madden NFL 20" video game Monday, and you know what that means: It's time for everyone to get angry about them.

The New England Patriots actually fared pretty well in the player rating department, as "Madden" gave Tom Brady the second-highest rating among NFL quarterbacks and assigned high grades to cornerback Stephon Gilmore, wide receiver Julian Edelman and a few others.

So, surely the defending Super Bowl champions would have one of the highest (if not the highest) team grades, right?

You would think, but "Madden" gave New England an 87 overall rating ... tied with three other teams for third in the NFL.

Here's the top five:

1. Philadelphia Eagles: 89
2. Dallas Cowboys: 88
T-3. New Orleans Saints: 87
T-3. Green Bay Packers: 87
T-3. New England Patriots: 87

This a video game, remember, so a team's overall rating doesn't necessarily correlate to its projected record. The Patriots have proven time and again you can win Super Bowls without having the most "talent."

... But the Cowboys ahead of the Patriots? Seriously?

"Madden" makes a compelling case for the Eagles, who boast a talented roster with five players ranked 90 overall or better and should be an NFC contender if Carson Wentz stays healthy.

The Cowboys are coming off a 10-6 season, though, and haven't made it past the Divisional Round since quarterback Dak Prescott took over the offense. We're guessing EA Sports is blinded by Dallas' star power with big names like Amari Cooper and Ezekiel Elliott on offense and DeMarcus Lawrence and Sean Lee on defense.

The Patriots' offense did get some love, earning a 91 rating that trailed only the Saints at 92. But their defense rating of 84 appears to have knocked them down a few pegs in the virtual world, where Aaron Rodgers and the Packers (who went 6-9-1 last season) are somehow on the same plane as the reigning champs.

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Zolak: Rob Gronkowski 'hasn't lifted' since retirement, feels like 'a different guy'

Zolak: Rob Gronkowski 'hasn't lifted' since retirement, feels like 'a different guy'

Will Rob Gronkowski return to the New England Patriots?

In the absence of any other news, that's been the main obsession of Patriots fans this summer. And Scott Zolak offered another clue Monday.

During Monday's episode of "Zolak & Bertand," Zolak shared some insights into Gronkowski's retirement workout regimen, courtesy of the ex-tight end's girlfriend, Camille Kostek.

"I talked to his girlfriend, Camille Kostek, down at that cheerleading thing. He hasn't lifted anymore," Zolak said, as aired on NBC Sports Boston. "And it's not like he hasn't lifted since he retired. She goes, 'He has not been putting weight on his back for a while now.' He's been doing the band training, and he feels like a different guy."

Gronk's appearance seems to confirm Zolak's intel, as the 30-year-old has looked considerably slimmed-down in his various public appearances this summer.

It makes sense why Gronkowski would avoid heavy lifting, too: He's had multiple back surgeries and dealt with a bulging disc in his back last season that may have played a role in his decision to retire. Gronk also has a good resistance band training regimen to follow in Tom Brady's "TB12 Method," which he adopted later in his Patriots career.

But would band training be enough to prepare Gronk for an NFL comeback, which he may or may not consider later this season? Zolak actually believes so, suggesting Gronk could add some traditional lifts to his current regimen some time in the fall to put on a few pounds and "get back into game shape."

Of course, this is all speculation, as Gronk seems determined to keep Patriots fans guessing about whether he's really done playing football.

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