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Rob Gronkowski retires from Patriots with amazing list of NFL records

Rob Gronkowski retires from Patriots with amazing list of NFL records

It's time to fire up the debate: Is Rob Gronkowski the greatest tight end in NFL history?

The New England Patriots star announced his retirement Sunday on Instagram, leaving a huge hole in the team's offense. Gronk wasn't the same dominant pass-catcher in 2018 that we have seen in recent seasons, but he still was able to come up clutch when needed -- look no further than Super Bowl LIII.

Gronkowski leaves pro football as arguably the best tight end ever to play. Some people will argue Tony Gonzalez or Antonio Gates, and if Gronkowski didn't miss so many games with injuries, he might have  posted the same career stats as those two legends and others.

Still, Gronkowski exits with a lengthy and most impressive list of NFL records. Check them all out in the tweet below:

Few players have a list of records that long. This kind of résumé is only seen from the best to every play the game. 

Would anyone be shocked if Gronkowski came back late in the 2019 season or in time for another deep playoff run? Even if he doesn't, his stats make an extremely strong case for a first-ballot Hall of Fame honor in the near future.

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Patriots Talk Podcast: What can Mohamed Sanu do for New England?

Patriots Talk Podcast: What can Mohamed Sanu do for New England?

Between the Patriots' Week 7 drubbing of the Jets and the team's trade for WR Mohamed Sanu, there's plenty of ground to cover in the latest episode of Tom E. Curran's Patriots Talk Podcast.

1:48 — Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News joins Tom Curran to talk about what exactly went wrong for Sam Darnold in the Jets' 33-0 loss to the Patriots. Is he to blame? Is he broken? Does he still have a chance to be an above-average signal-caller in the league?

11:03 — Tom goes deep into the analytics behind Mohamed Sanu's success as a receiver, quantifying his production out of the slot, his ability to separate from his defender and his sure-handedness.

16:42 — D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution joins Tom to discuss what exactly the Patriots will be getting in Sanu and what makes him so dependable on the field.

23:07 — Phil Perry gives his take on the addition of Sanu: "The Patriots were perilously thin at receiver." How does the increased depth at the position affect guys like Julian Edelman, Phillip Dorsett or Jakobi Meyers? Would he have preferred Emmanuel Sanders?

34:25 — The only negative takeaway from the Patriots' win over the Jets was the continued lack of production from Sony Michel and the running back position. Should Belichick make a change or ride it out?

38:34 — Who popped and who dropped from the victory over the Jets?

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NFL rumors: Patriots to release safety Jordan Richards amid roster changes

NFL rumors: Patriots to release safety Jordan Richards amid roster changes

Jordan Richards' second stint with the New England Patriots lasted three weeks.

ESPN's Field Yates reported Tuesday the Patriots are releasing the 26-year-old defensive back

Richards was selected by the Patriots in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft and didn't earn a second contract with New England after the 2017 season. He played for the Atlanta Falcons in 2018 before being signed by the Patriots earlier this month. He primarily served in a special teams role for New England over the last three weeks.

The Patriots reportedly are signing special teams ace Justin Bethel, who visited the team Tuesday. He has earned two All-Pro first team selections and three Pro Bowl nods as a special teams star. Bethel is an upgrade over Richards in that phase of the game. 

New England also traded for Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu in exchange for a 2020 draft pick Tuesday. The additions of Sanu and Bethel, combined with Richards' release still leaves one more roster spot that must be opened by the Pats. Stay tuned.

Tom E. Curran's takeaways from the Mohamed Sanu trade>>>

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