On the latest episode of Quick Slants: The Podcast with Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry . . .
4:02 - Ryan Clark says that Tre'Davious White texted him that 'the whole hood wants Gronk'. What happens the next time Patriots play the Bills?
7:00 - What's the best way to control and limit late hits and cheap shots? Do the refs need to do a better job or do the coaches need to get to their players more?
9:00 - Why Rob Gronkowski, George Iloka, JuJu Smith-Schuster were all initially suspended the same amount of games.
11:53 - Should Gronk play in the December 24th rematch vs. Bills? Should there be any concern about late hits and player safety?
14:12 - Chris Hogan is back at practice. How effective can Hogan be after his injury? If he plays, can he help with the loss of Gronk?
17:00 - What to expect from the Dolphins down in Miami, where the Patriots have had a tough time playing.
19:00 - The latest on Malcolm Mitchell and if all hope is lost that he will come back this season.
20:05 - The Tom Brady-Josh McDaniels yelling match on the sideline. Is Brady treated differently than other players who have had outbursts like Odell Beckham and Dez Bryant?
24:18 - Is the New York Giants opening at head coach the perfect spot for Josh McDaniels?
It's been over six months since the Patriots and Eagles squared off in Super Bowl LII, but fans on their way to Gillette Stadium for the teams' week two preseason matchup will have trouble getting the memory out of their heads.
According to Sports Illustrated, Eagles fan Gina Lewis, who lives in Massachusetts, placed a bet with her coworker over the amount of traction one of her tweets could get. The reward for surpassing her mark? A billboard outside Gillette Stadium reminding Patriots fans of their defeat at the hands of Nick Foles and the Eagles.
After launching a GoFundMe page to pay for the billboard, Lewis had a Philadelphia-based artist named Jordan Spector design it, which is now up at the intersection of Route 1 and North Street.
While the billboard will surely draw the ire of New England fans, it's hard to be too mad knowing that five is greater than one.
Tom Brady shed some light -- a little, at least -- on his future plans this morning.
In the first of this season's scheduled interviews on WEEI's Kirk and Callahan Show, the Patriots quarterback said his long-term plan to continue playing into his 40s -- which he himself cast doubt upon with nebulous comments about the future on his Tom vs. Time show after the Super Bowl -- remains in place:
And, as usual, he wouldn't be drawn into any potential controversy about his contract:
As for the reported back injury he suffered earlier in camp?
Which means we'll probably see him in action Thursday:
Another talking point this offseason has been Brady's relationship with coach Bill Belichick, which has been speculated to be frayed. On the first of Belichick's weekly WEEI interviews, on Ordway, Merloni & Fauria, Monday night, Belichick downplayed any friction:
Brady himself followed that same path today: