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Report: Patriots make Texas TE Andrew Beck highest paid UDFA

Report: Patriots make Texas TE Andrew Beck highest paid UDFA

After the Patriots opted to not select a potential Rob Gronkowski replacement in the 2019 NFL Draft, it appears they have made a noteworthy investment in an undrafted tight end. 

According to Ben Volin, former University of Texas tight end Andrew Beck has the highest guaranteed salary of all the Patriots' undrafted free agents with $115,000, while the next highest guarantees are safety Malik Grant and linebacker Terez Hall at $85,000. 

Beck missed all of 2017 with a foot injury, but returned in 2018 to catch 28 passes for 281 yards and two touchdowns in 14 games for the Longhorns, earning himself a First-Team All-Big 12 selection. Texas primarily used Beck as a blocker, so not much should be expected out of him as a pass catcher.

No roster spots for tight ends have been set in stone yet. Following Gronkowski's retirement and the Patriots' trade of Jacob Hollister to Seattle, the tight end group consists of Austin Sefarian Jenkins, Beck, Ryan Izzo and Stephen Anderson. 

Beck should have plenty of opportunities to earn a spot in training camp, and the amount of money the Patriots are investing in him as an UDFA should say something about their confidence in his ability to do so. 

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Rob Gronkowski reunites with David Ortiz, calls him his 'new trainer'

Rob Gronkowski reunites with David Ortiz, calls him his 'new trainer'

Two of Boston's most beloved sports figures in the city's history did some reuniting on Monday.

Rob Gronkowski and David Ortiz joined forces for an Instagram video that certainly will add to the speculation about a possible comeback for the retired Patriots tight end.

“Big Papi’s my new trainer,” Gronkowski says in the video while flexing. “We are reunited.”

Watch below:

Don't get too excited though, Patriots fans. Gronk has pretty much already shut down the idea of a comeback this season and is preoccupied with some new television responsibilities. He has, however, left the door open to return to the gridiron one day.

If Gronk does decide to help out the Pats' current tight end situation, he has until Nov. 30 to make up his mind.

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This surprising Patriots trend doesn't bode well for Eagles matchup

This surprising Patriots trend doesn't bode well for Eagles matchup

The New England Patriots have opened as 3.5-point road favorites for their Week 11 matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles.

That should surprise no one: The Patriots have been favorites in their previous 38 road games dating to Nov. 2014 and generally are favored against any opponent they play. That's what happens when you win 11 or more games in nine consecutive seasons.

What may surprise you, though, is that New England isn't all that great as a road favorite.

Here are the results from the Patriots' last 13 regular-season games as road favorites since the beginning of the 2018 campaign, courtesy of the "Boston Sports Info" Twitter account:

2019
Week 9 at Baltimore: 20-37 LOSS
Week 7 at New York Jets: 33-0 WIN
Week 5 at Washington: 33-7 WIN
Week 4 at Buffalo: 16-10 WIN
Week 2 at Miami: 43-0 WIN

2018
Week 15 at Pittsburgh: 10-17 LOSS
Week 14 at Miami: 33-34 LOSS
Week 12 at New York Jets: 27-13 WIN
Week 10 at Tennessee: 10-34 LOSS
Week 8 at Buffalo: 25-6 WIN
Week 7 at Chicago: 38-31 WIN
Week 3 at Detroit: 10-26 LOSS
Week 2 at Jacksonville: 20-31 LOSS

The Patriots have lost six times as road favorites since the beginning of last season and are 7-6 in those contests. 

As you may have gathered, that's the same number of regular-season games they've lost overall in that span, meaning all of their losses in their last 25 regular-season games have come as road favorites.

New England had better hope that 3.5-point line doesn't waver, either. According to Boston Sports Info, quarterback Tom Brady actually has a losing record (10-15) in his career when the Patriots are favored by three points or fewer.

That stat makes sense when you get past the sticker shock: It's hard for any club to beat good teams on the road, and New England's incredible run of success under Brady and Bill Belichick means it's favored in virtually every game, even on the road versus quality opponents.

The Patriots are coming off one of those losses in Baltimore earlier this month, and the Eagles will present another tough test in Sunday's Super Bowl LII rematch.

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