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QUICK SLANTS THE PODCAST: Steve Palazzolo breaks down the QBs in this year’s draft, what player could fit the Patriots needs?

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QUICK SLANTS THE PODCAST: Steve Palazzolo breaks down the QBs in this year’s draft, what player could fit the Patriots needs?

Steve and Phil discuss several different quarterbacks that the Patriots may look at in this year's NFL Draft.

 

Rams' Anderson says Gurley was more injured than anyone thought in Super Bowl

Rams' Anderson says Gurley was more injured than anyone thought in Super Bowl

How were the Patriots able to limit the Rams' Todd Gurley in the Super Bowl?

His teammate, C.J. Anderson shed some light on it Tuesday.

Gurley led the NFL in combined rushing and receiving TDs in 2018 with 21, yet his usage in the NFC Championship Game and Super Bowl was curious - if he was truly healthy. 

Gurley had 10 carries in the 13-3 loss to the Patriots after having just four in the NFC title win over the Saints. Rams coach Sean McVay had said "knee inflammation" had slowed Gurley after he was injured Dec. 16 against the Eagles and Gurley and the team insisted he was healthy for the postseason.

Gurley's teammate, C.J. Anderson, whom the Rams signed to back up Gurley before Week 16, told FS1's "Undisputed" of his teammate,  “He was more hurt than what we thought,” Anderson said. “The injury was a little bit more than what everybody in the building thought, including himself.”

“Yeah, he’d never really tell me,” said Anderson, who added Gurley never was specific about the injury but indicated it was a sprained knee.

“It was tough. I would say sprained knee. Obviously, I had surgery on my meniscus and once you have a knee, you always have a knee. So it aggravates and if he was getting a lot of touches earlier in the year — obviously him being one of the best backs, that probably was the case."

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NFL rumors: Rob Gronkowski told teammates after Super Bowl LIII he wanted another ring

NFL rumors: Rob Gronkowski told teammates after Super Bowl LIII he wanted another ring

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski still hasn't announced if he will retire or return for a 10th NFL season, but could he be leaning toward coming back?

Gronkowski's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said Tuesday on ESPN show "NFL Live" that the Patriots star's decision on his future could come within the next few weeks. NFL Media's Mike Giardi provided another tidbit of information on Gronkowski's future with a tweet Tuesday.

It's certainly possible the emotions of winning another Super Bowl led to Gronkowski making these comments to teammates. If true, who could blame him?

Gronk endured a difficult 2018 campaign, one that included a dip in performance, inconsistency and three missed games due to injuries. The 29-year-old star did play better in the playoffs, however, and he made one of the most important plays of New England's Super Bowl LIII victory against the Los Angeles Rams.

If the Patriots want Gronkowski back, it would make sense for him to return for another season if he feels he can withstand the physical toll of 16-plus games (including the playoffs). The Patriots, barring major injuries to key players, figure to be among the top contenders for the Super Bowl again next season. A healthy Gronk would give New England a strong chance to become the first team since the Buffalo Bills in the 1990s to reach the Super Bowl four years in a row.

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