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Rob Gronkowski replacement with Hall of Fame bloodlines? LSU tight end Thaddeus Moss, Randy’s son, declares for NFL Draft

Rob Gronkowski replacement with Hall of Fame bloodlines? LSU tight end Thaddeus Moss, Randy’s son, declares for NFL Draft

The Patriots never really filled the void left behind by Rob Gronkowski’s retirement last offseason. But by the time the draft rolls around in April, they’ll have an opportunity to replace one Hall of Famer with the son of another.

Fresh off two touchdowns for LSU in the National Championship Game earlier this week, tight end Thaddeus Moss — Randy’s son — has declared for the NFL Draft. 

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“I have loved being a part of something as legendary as this 2019-2020 football team,” Moss said in a statement. “I believe that God is presenting me with an alternative path.”

Moss, a junior, caught 47 passes for 570 yards and four touchdowns this season. He scored three times — catching nine passes for 135 yards — in the LSU’s semifinal and final games en route to a national title.

The Patriots have two tight ends under contract for 2020, Matt LaCosse and Ryan Izzo, and addressing the position figures to be one of the team’s priorities this offseason. 

Moss, 6-foot-3, 249 pounds, isn’t considered one of the top options at the position in this year’s draft class, but that could change as the pre-draft process plays out. He only has two seasons of college football under his belt, having played sparingly at North Carolina State in 2016. Transferring to LSU the following year, he had to sit out due to NCAA rules. He was then red-shirted by the Tigers, making the 2019 action he saw his first in three years. 

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The Patriots might have some more in-depth scouting information on Moss than other teams as his father played for Bill Belichick from 2007-10. Moss was traded in the middle of the 2010 season, but he and Belichick seem to have maintained a good relationship given their interactions when they appeared together on-set for the NFL Network’s All-Time Team special that aired this season. Belichick has called Moss one of the smartest players he’s ever coached. 

Experts have pegged Notre Dame underclassman Cole Kmet, who recently announced he was going pro, as the draft’s top tight end and a first-round possibility for New England. 

Patriots DE Chase Winovich pleads for Tom Brady to stay in New England

Patriots DE Chase Winovich pleads for Tom Brady to stay in New England

Chase Winovich is all of New England right about now.

The Patriots defensive end clearly isn't a fan of the idea that Tom Brady may suit up for a new team in 2020. On Wednesday, he took to Instagram to beg Brady to re-sign with the Pats, and he did so in hilarious fashion.

"'To stay or to stay... 🤔' #pleaseDad #NotAllowedtoLeave #goat #shakespeare," Winovich wrote.


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The "Shakespeare" is a nice touch, but history tells us Brady may not be amused. Winovich may be on to something with the "#pleaseDad" hashtag, though.

Winovich, drafted out of Michigan 19 years after his favorite QB and fellow Wolverine, will have to wait impatiently like the rest of us until Brady makes his much-anticipated decision. The 42-year-old officially becomes a free agent March 18 if he and the Patriots can't agree on a contract extension before then.

The Tennessee Titans, Los Angeles Chargers, and Las Vegas Raiders each have been named as potential suitors for Brady in free agency.

Ex-Patriots star Rob Gronkowski reveals where he wanted to go in 2010 NFL Draft

Ex-Patriots star Rob Gronkowski reveals where he wanted to go in 2010 NFL Draft

Rob Gronkowski envisioned beginning his NFL career in Arizona.

Gronkowski played two seasons at the University of Arizona and was one of the best tight end prospects entering the 2010 NFL Draft. His initial preference was to make the 2-hour trip from Tuscon to Glendale and play for the Arizona Cardinals. The Kurt Warner era in Arizona had just ended and the team needed a tight end. On paper, the Cardinals and Gronkowski were a perfect match.

“I loved being in the state of Arizona … I was praying that they would take me because I wanted to go there,” Gronkowski said Tuesday on Arizona radio station 98.7 FM's "Doug & Wolf" show. “I felt like they needed a tight end and they brought me in for a little visit.”

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The visit didn't go very well.

“I took a visit there and everything, I could tell they had no interest in me,” Gronkowski said. “I could tell, the people that brought me in, they were just bringing me in to bring me in.”

Concerns over Gronkowski's back played a part in him dropping to the second round, where the Patriots took a chance on him with the 42nd overall pick. Gronkowski played nine years for the Patriots and became arguably the greatest tight end in pro football history.

He also played a part in three Super Bowl-winning Patriots teams, including a Super Bowl LIII triumph over the Los Angeles Rams in February of 2019 that turned out to be his last NFL game. He retired in March of last year.

The Cardinals are still searching for an elite tight end 10 years later. The position has been an area of weakness for Arizona throughout the last decade. According to USA TODAY, Gronkowski's 80 career receiving touchdowns are 54 more than every Cardinals tight end combined (26 TDs) from 2010 through 2018. 

The Cardinals did take a tight end in the 2010 draft with the selection of Jim Dray in the seventh round. He played in 56 games (and tallied just two receiving touchdowns) for the Cardinals over a seven-year career that also included time with three other teams.

Gronkowski would've been great for the Cardinals, and he was right in their backyard.

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