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Mohamed Sanu will be very dependable guy for Tom Brady, Patriots

Mohamed Sanu will be very dependable guy for Tom Brady, Patriots

The New England Patriots acquired Mohamed Sanu from the Atlanta Falcons Tuesday, and he's going to fit right in.

D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution joined Tom Curran's Patriots Talk Podcast to discuss Sanu's tenure in Atlanta. The message was clear from Ledbetter -- Sanu is a very dependable receiver. 

"They're getting a wide receiver who is very productive on third downs," Ledbetter told Curran. "I understand they offered a fourth, and then a third and they finally came back and gave them a two. But, he's a guy that has been able to get open, play some gadget plays for the Falcons, throw the ball on some wild cat type stuff, and a guy who has been very dependable since the Falcons signed him in free agency in 2016."

Although Sanu isn't known for racking up the yards, he's a player Brady can turn to in third down situations.

"I think he'll be a dependable guy. I don't think he can run those crossers like Edelman or that fast of them, but he definitely can get down into the soft spots of the zone and he's going to be on the third or fourth cornerback to get some space and get open. Also a big-bodied guy that can turn around and block the defender from the ball with very good, strong hands. Not a lot after the catch running, but he does run strong with it for a couple yards. He's a guy that can get it and turn it up the field and get you a couple extra yards."

In 110 career games, Sanu has 377 receptions for 4,300 yards and 25 touchdowns. His talent has been overshadowed by Julio Jones in Atlanta, but through seven games with the Falcons this season, he has 33 receptions for 313 yards and one touch down. 

He'll be an asset to Tom Brady's offense, and will provide a sense of stability in New England's offensive lineup.

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Say it ain't so: Rob Gronkowski, in Lakers gear, dances in halftime show in L.A.

Say it ain't so: Rob Gronkowski, in Lakers gear, dances in halftime show in L.A.

Could Rob Gronkowski rub it in a little more?

In the morning, Gronk's "big announcement" was that he'll be going to the Super Bowl - not with the Patriots, but as the host of "Gronk Beach" in Miami, the site of SB54. Thus ends the comeback, at least for this season.

He later joked that Pats were just "missing some 6-6, 260 [pound] guy...They're missing that guy for sure."

To top it all off, at night, Gronk donned Lakers purple and gold and was part of a halftime dance show with the Laker Girls at the Staples Center in Los Angeles where New England's least favorite NBA team was taking on the Oklahoma City Thunder. 

Gronk showed off his moves with talk show host James Corden and tennis great Venus Williams.

Enjoy your retirement, big guy. Think he'll stick around and rock some Celtics green Wednesday night at Staples when the C's face the Clippers? 

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Should we read anything into Tom Brady 'liking' Antonio Brown's Instagram apology?

Should we read anything into Tom Brady 'liking' Antonio Brown's Instagram apology?

So, Tom Brady (and other Patriots) "liked" an apology post from former-teammate-for-11-days Antonio Brown on Instagram?

What's it mean?

That was the subject of a heated debate on Boston Sports Tonight among DJ Bean, Tom Curran, Michael Holley and Danielle Trotta.

It was Curran and Holley who were at odds over whether we should be reading anything into the social media vagaries on any athlete.

Holley: "For whatever reason, lots of players get into it. Lots of celebrities get into it...not because we [the media] are broken, but because that's how they communicate. And we would be reckless if we didn't follow it."

Curran: "It's reckless to vest any perception or presumption into it."

Watch the full discussion here:

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