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NFL Rumors: Tom Brady, Michael Bennett skip Patriots voluntary workouts

NFL Rumors: Tom Brady, Michael Bennett skip Patriots voluntary workouts

UPDATE (12:15 p.m. ET): Tom Brady and Michael Bennett both weren't in attendance Monday for Day 1 of the New England Patriots' voluntary offseason workout program, ESPN's Field Yates reported.

Brady wasn't expected to attend, while Bennett, acquired in March in a trade from the Philadelphia Eagles, typically spends his offseasons working out in Hawaii.

ORIGINAL STORY: To the surprise of no one, Tom Brady won't be showing his face at Gillette Stadium this week.

The New England Patriots begin their voluntary offseason workouts Monday, and the 41-year-old quarterback isn't expected to attend, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported.

Rapoport also added that Brady plans to "bulk up" this offseason, a strange development that our Tom E. Curran expanded on Monday.

Brady skipped both offseason workouts and organized team activities last year, drawing criticism before he led the Patriots to their sixth Super Bowl title.

Considering his success in 2018, few expected Brady to attend this year's workouts, and ESPN's Mike Reiss reported a few weeks ago that the veteran QB likely will follow the same plan to "focus more on family time."

Brady's teammates already are streaming into Foxboro, though, as players begin preparation for organized team activities starting May 20.

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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."