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Ian Rapoport: Patriots not counting on Josh Gordon but 'would certainly welcome him back'

Ian Rapoport: Patriots not counting on Josh Gordon but 'would certainly welcome him back'

Josh Gordon is still a member of the New England Patriots, but he is currently suspended indefinitely by the NFL for violating their substance abuse policy. And per usual, few know exactly if and when he'll have a chance to return to the field.

In a recent appearance on WEEI's Dale & Keefe Show, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport was asked about the potential return of Gordon to the Patriots. Rapoport indicated that he wasn't sure about Gordon being reinstated but said that while the talented but troubled receiver is not a guy the Patriots are counting on, they "would certainly welcome him back" if reinstated.

Josh Gordon, I don't know. I know that for the Patriots, it's not something that they're talking about every day. It's not a guy who's in their plans right now. I think that they would certainly welcome him back if he showed that he's going to be a better version -- as a person, I'm talking about -- a better version of the one they got last year. I just don't know that he's actually going to get reinstated, prove to the Patriots that he has turned the corner, that he's a different person, show that he's in the right frame of mind.

As always with Josh Gordon, the talent is incredible. We've seen probably one-tenth of it, honestly. But there's always so much that goes into it. I think the Patriots know better than to say this is a guy we're counting on for next season.

Rapoport is right that the Patriots aren't counting on Gordon, but they could certainly use him to add talent to their receiving corps.

At the moment, the Patriots are a bit thinner than usual in terms of receiving weapons. Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman and first-round pick N'Keal Harry should be the two of the top pass catchers, but aside from that, the team has a handful of veterans fighting for spots in the pecking order. And at tight end, the team is missing Rob Gronkowski and doesn't have a suitable replacement for him.

If Gordon could somehow get reinstated, he would help the team out and give them a true No. 1 receiver. After all, he did have 40 catches for 720 yards and three scores in just 11 games with the Patriots in 2018. And with more time to build chemistry with Tom Brady, he could be even better.

Gordon's status may become a hot-button issue in the next week, especially in the wake of the NFL's decision not to suspended Kansas City Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill at all despite allegations of child abuse. But for the time being, Gordon will remain suspended and it's unclear exactly what his chances of being reinstated are.

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WATCH: Rob Gronkowski loses WWE 24/7 title to R-Truth

WATCH: Rob Gronkowski loses WWE 24/7 title to R-Truth

Rob Gronkowski's run as WWE 24/7 champion has come to an end.

The former New England Patriots tight end, who has been the 24/7 champ for the last 58 days, was defeated by R-Truth in his backyard while filming a TikTok video. Yes, that's a lot to process, so we'll just let you watch the clip below:


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What that means for Gronk's WWE future is uncertain, but it looks like it's officially time for No. 87 to shift his focus to the upcoming season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Gronk initially won the 24/7 championship at WrestleMania 36, where he pinned Mojo Rawley.

Dante Scarnecchia hints at new Patriots offensive line coaching structure

Dante Scarnecchia hints at new Patriots offensive line coaching structure

Dante Scarnecchia reportedly helped the New England Patriots at this year's NFL Scouting Combine, but he's not coming out of retirement a second time.

How do we know this? Because the former Patriots offensive line coach has already named his successors.

In a recent interview with ESPN's Mike Reiss, Scarnecchia all but confirmed that Patriots assistants Cole Popovich and Carmen Bricillo will coach the offensive line in tandem this season.

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"They're both really good coaches and both really good people. Very, very smart guys," Scarnecchia told Reiss. "I know no one has been named, and there are reasons for that, but clearly those are the two guys that are going to do it, and I think they'll do an outstanding job.

"The other thing is they know the players. It's not like they're new, coming in from the outside. They've both been around there -- especially Cole, who has been in the system for five years. Carm for one."

The Patriots' official website (which has never been heavy on details) still lists Scarnecchia as the team's offense line coach. Popovich is listed as New England's assistant running backs coach, while Bricillo is labeled a "coaching assistant."

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Both assistant coaches have experience on the offensive line, though: Popovich was the offensive line coach at Minot State for two seasons until joining the Patriots in 2015, while Bricillo spent nine years as Youngstown State's offensive line coach before coming to New England in 2019.

The Patriots went outside the organization to replace Scarnecchia the first time he retired, naming Dave DeGuglielmo their offensive line coach in 2014. DeGuglielmo lasted just two seasons in New England, though, and it appears the Patriots are promoting from within this time to replace the legendary Scarnecchia -- who, to be clear, is not coming back in 2020.

"I've done it for 48 years. I think that's plenty," Scarnecchia told Reiss, "and I'm really, really grateful for every day, every year of those 48, and all the things it's provided us."