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Rob Gronkowski is still messing with Patriots fans about NFL comeback

Rob Gronkowski is still messing with Patriots fans about NFL comeback

Rob Gronkowski seems content with life after football.

He also seems intent on playing with New England Patriots fans' emotions.

First, the retired tight end and his brother, Chris Gronkowski, announced they're teaming up with Tom Brady's "TB12" brand to sell "Ice Shaker" bottles.

Brady had some fun with the announcement, joking on Twitter that he and Gronk are "reunited" once again.

Then we got this from Gronkowski on Friday:

Is there an inside joke you'd care to share, Gronk?

The 30-year-old stated definitively as early as last month he has no plans to return to the NFL. He also has several off-field ventures that now includes a sports game show coming soon to CBS.

But even if he's just having fun, tweets like these certainly won't quell the rumblings about his possible comeback. Just ask Twitter...

In any case, Gronkowski only has a few more weeks to tease Patriots fans: If he doesn't request reinstatement before New England's Week 13 game against the Houston Texans, he won't be eligible to play until 2020.

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Patriots-Chiefs Preview From Tom E. Curran: Can they keep up with KC?

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Patriots-Chiefs Preview From Tom E. Curran: Can they keep up with KC?

Here are some stark numbers. In their past five games going back to their win over the Browns, the Patriots have scored touchdowns just twice in eight goal-to-go situations. In each of the past three games, they’ve failed on their only trips in close. In the red zone over their past five games, they are 8-for-19 scoring touchdowns when they get in the red zone including 2-for-3 last week. They are at 48.98 in red-zone scoring for the season, 24th.  They’ve scored eight offensive touchdowns in the past five games and two of those came late last week when they were swimming upstream against the Texans. 

The point? The Patriots aren’t generating points and this week they go against a Kansas City team which is well-stocked and always a threat to drop 30. Can the Patriots offense keep pace if the New England defense is merely respectable as it was last week against Houston? Or do the Patriots need to get the Chiefs muzzled to have a shot?

 

Report: With Folk back at kicker, Patriots release DT Huggins

Report: With Folk back at kicker, Patriots release DT Huggins

Albert Huggins' stay in New England, which he chronicled on Instagram earlier this week, will apparently be a short one.

Maybe.

To make room on the roster after the re-signing of kicker Nick Folk, Huggins, the defensive tackle claimed off waivers earlier this week from the Philadelphia Eagles was released, according to Field Yates of ESPN.

However, Mike Reiss of ESPN reports that there may be a practice-squad spot available for Huggins, so perhaps his Instagram video wasn't for naught. 

Folk is one of four kickers the Patriots have employed this season, three of them after the season-ending injury to Stephen Gostkowski. Folk was released after having an emergency appendectomy that kept him out of the game last week in Houston. Kai Forbath was signed, becoming kicker No. 4 in 2019, then released after that game.

Folk worked out Friday and was deemed healthy enough to return. He's 7-for-9 on field-goal attempts and 3-for-3 on extra points in three games for New England. 

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