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Rob Gronkowski recalls one 'Gronk Spike' Bill Belichick was unhappy with

Rob Gronkowski recalls one 'Gronk Spike' Bill Belichick was unhappy with

Rob Gronkowski racked up 91 total touchdowns during his nine-year tenure in New England. That's a lot of "Gronk Spikes".

But when looking back at all of his trademark TD celebrations, there are a couple in particular that immediately come to mind for the former Patriots tight end.

During his appearance on Barstool Sports' "Pardon My Take," Gronk was asked to name his favorite spike of all time. First, Gronk mentioned the unforgettable "changing of the guard" spike from the 2012 London game vs. the St. Louis Rams. But as an honorable mention, he recalled Bill Belichick yelling at him for another spike in that same game.

“I got yelled at the booty-shaking one that day,” Gronkowski said. “Just shaking my booty around. (Belichick) is like, the first one was fine, but you gotta shake your booty on the second one?’ ”

Never change, Gronk.

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Patriots promote FB Jakob Johnson off practice squad to replace injured Pat Develin vs Jets

Patriots promote FB Jakob Johnson off practice squad to replace injured Pat Develin vs Jets

The Patriots promoted fullback Jakob Johnson off their practice squad Saturday to replace the injured James Develin in Week 3 against the Jets. 

Develin missed all three of the Patriots' practices this week with a neck injury and was listed out on Friday. 

Johnson, an undrafted rookie out of the University of Tennessee and former German Football league player, will dress for his first game in the NFL. 

Johnson was originally recruited as a linebacker out of high school, but he made the transition to tight end while with the Volunteers. The Patriots turned him into a fullback, so the 24-year-old has shown a fair share of versatility over the course of his career. 

The Patriots usually find creative ways to utilize Develin in the passing game while sometimes giving him opportunities to punch in touchdowns on the goal line. There's a small chance Johnson gets that chance on Sunday, but who knows since the game will most likely be over by halftime. 

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Tom E. Curran's Patriots vs Jets Preview

Tom E. Curran's Patriots vs Jets Preview

TGIF. Thank God it’s football. The Patriots and their fanbase spent 11 days holding their collective nose, hoping the on-field magnificence of Antonio Brown would offset his toxicity off of it. Didn’t work. As O.J. Simpson so eloquently said on Twitter, “In any event, I don’t have to worry about that anymore. He’s gone.” 

So the Patriots are back where they were on the Friday before their season opener. Incredibly deep and talented on defense. Shallow at wideout and tight end. The wrinkle injected this weekend as they take on the Jets? The offensive line is banged up and they are missing their fullback. Will it matter to the bottom line? Doubtful. But the product may not look as omnipotent offensively as it did. Defensively? The Patriots can be the first team in the modern era to stop opponents from scoring a touchdown in the first three games.

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