The Patriots tight end situation is in a state of flux as Rob Gronkowski contemplates retirement. Another Patriots tight end who was thinking about retirement, Martellus Bennett, wants to continue playing, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
Bennett, who turns 31 next month, had a short second stint with the Patriots last season. He rejoined them after a controversial departure from Green Bay but only played in two games and caught six passes before he was placed on injured reserve with a hamstring injury in November. In 2016, he played in all 16 games for the Patriots and caught 55 passes for 701 yards (12.7 yards per catch).
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Rob Gronkowski has jumped up eight spots in the NFL Network's Top 100 rankings - going from 23rd in 2017 to 15th this year.
Gronkowski was limited to eight games and 25 catches because of back surgery in 2016. The five-time Pro Bowl selection played in 14 games last season with 69 catches for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns in the regular season and 16 catches, three for TDs, in three postseason games.
Players ranked 11th through 20th were revealed Monday night.
Gronk is the first Patriot and highest-ranked tight end in the 2018 Top 100, which is voted on by players. Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce checked in at No. 24.
They'll probably be a Patriot quarterback somewhere in the top 10 when it's revealed next week. There was one ranked No. 1 last year.