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Gronkowski still working with Guerrero at TB12, not impacted by Guerrero restrictions

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Gronkowski still working with Guerrero at TB12, not impacted by Guerrero restrictions

FOXBORO -- Rob Gronkowski is healthy and playing as well as he ever has 16 weeks into his eighth NFL season.

It could be a coincidence that he's been working with Tom Brady's "body coach" Alex Guerrero this season since undergoing his most recent back surgery. He's been good late in seasons in the past, of course, with 2014 and 2015 serving as prime examples. He performed well in the postseason in both those years and was named a First Team All-Pro after each. 

On the flip side, an emphasis on pliability and balance -- both hallmarks of the "TB12 Method," which Guerrero helped developed -- could certainly be benefiting him. So has Guerrero's restricted access at Gillette Stadium, reported this week by the Boston Globe, impacted Gronkowski's preparation at all?

"It hasn't impacted my preparation at all," he said. "I don't know much at all about that. I didn't read anything about it. I saw that there's stuff. That's between Tom and the team. I don't know. I have no clue. But I'm just preparing. Worrying about the Bills."

Gronkowski acknowledged that he still works with Guerrero "up there," meaning at the TB12 Sports Therapy Center at Patriot Place -- not at Gillette Stadium. Maybe that's why he was flexible enough to make a critical fourth-quarter catch that was directed at his feet last weekend against the Steelers. Maybe not. He wouldn't say.

"I just made that catch because that's where Tom finally threw it," he said with a smile. "Had a bad ball for once."

That 617 Life Podcast: Who made who? Bill Belichick or Tom Brady

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That 617 Life Podcast: Who made who? Bill Belichick or Tom Brady

The people's court is now in session. The topic of debate: Who made who, Bill Belichick or Tom Brady?

The two New England Patriots greats will always be inextricably linked for the success they've had in creating the Patriots dynasty. Together, the duo has won six Super Bowl titles and has overseen the most dominant two-decade stretch in NFL history.

Still, the question of who is chiefly responsible for the team's success has long been a debate among the New England faithful. And this week, Shanda, Cerrone, and Leroy take a deeper dive into the case for both sides on the latest episode of "That 617 Life Podcast".

Cerrone kicks off the "trial" by defending Brady, arguing that his on-field play and his arrival to the team snapped the Patriots out of the funk that they were in for most of the early part of their franchise's existence.

[The Patriots] were the team that nobody wanted to use in TecmoBowl. Now, for everybody in America, you're cheating if you use Tom Brady in Madden.

Furthermore, from Cerrone:

There's teams in the NFL over the past 20 years that still haven't defeated Tom Brady. Still, over 20 seasons. There are organizations and fan bases that still have not seen a victory in front of Tom Brady.

As for the case for Belichick, Leroy laid out a simple case for Belichick and called him "possibly the greatest coach in sports history."

Hear more of the trial and thoughts on the latest Boston sports stories on the latest episode of the "That 617 Life Podcast", which drops every Friday as part of the NBC Sports Boston podcast network.

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Report: Patriots expected to re-sign Nick Folk on Saturday

Report: Patriots expected to re-sign Nick Folk on Saturday

It's no longer a mystery who will kick for the New England Patriots vs. the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

The Patriots are expected to officially re-sign Nick Folk on Saturday, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Folk was released by the team and replaced with Kai Forbath prior to last week's game vs. the Houston Texans after undergoing an appendectomy.

In three games with the Patriots this season, Folk has made seven of nine field goals and all three extra-point attempts. 

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