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Rob Gronkowski will return to Patriots in Week 14, according to Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski will return to Patriots in Week 14, according to Rob Gronkowski

You heard it here: Rob Gronkowski will be lined up at tight end when the New England Patriots play the Kansas City Chiefs on Dec. 8.

How do we know this? Because Gronkowski himself told Barstool Sports' Dave Portnoy he'd return in Week 14, according to a video Portnoy posted on Twitter of the retired tight end's visit to Barstool HQ in New York on Monday.

"I'm gonna be in single coverage with all those receivers we have," Gronkowski playfully adds, referencing the likes of Antonio Brown and Josh Gordon. "Won't even get touched. Week 14!"

OK, we should add the caveat: There's a good chance Gronk is joking here. The 30-year-old has admitted to messing with people about an NFL comeback, and he and Portnoy could just be stirring the pot.

Gronkowski also has a new business venture with a line of Cannabidiol-based medical products called CBDMedic -- he's "Mr. Recovery" now -- and says he'd need to be in a much better mental state to return to football.

If Gronk eventually changes his mind, though, he'll need to do so before Week 14: Per NFL rules, the Patriots must take Gronkowski off the reserve/retired list by Dec. 1 (Week 13) to make him eligible for postseason play.

So, let's move that comeback date up a week.

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Mohamed Sanu seems fired up about trade to Tom Brady's Patriots

Mohamed Sanu seems fired up about trade to Tom Brady's Patriots

Mohamed Sanu has a lot of love for the Atlanta Falcons. But when you go from a 1-6 doormat to an undefeated Super Bowl contender, you can't help but celebrate.

The veteran wide receiver turned to Twitter on Tuesday morning to confirm reports he's being traded from the Falcons to the New England Patriots in exchange for a 2020 second-round draft pick.

First, Sanu tweeted his appreciation for Falcons owner Arthur Blank, head coach Dan Quinn and the rest of the organization where he spent the last three-plus seasons.

Then, Sanu turned his attention to his new employer with three simple letters.

That's a shout-out to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who captions many of his social media posts with the #LFG hashtag (short for "Let's F---ing Go!").

Sanu had a pretty great quarterback at his old job in Matt Ryan, but Brady is unparalleled, so it's not surprising the 30-year-old wideout can't wait to get started.

Sanu also will see some familiar faces in Foxboro, as the Rutgers alum overlapped with Devin and Jason McCourty and Duron Harmon while playing for the Scarlet Knights.

The McCourty twins gave Sanu a warm welcome Tuesday morning on Twitter.

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Updated Patriots wide receiver depth chart after Mohamed Sanu trade

Updated Patriots wide receiver depth chart after Mohamed Sanu trade

Tom Brady played with a "B Team" of pass-catchers Monday night and still helped the New England Patriots erase the New York Jets 33-0.

A day later, that "B Team" is getting an upgrade.

The Patriots reportedly are acquiring wide receiver Mohamed Sanu from the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for a 2020 second-round pick. With 377 receptions and 4,300 yards under his belt over seven-plus seasons, Sanu gives Brady a dependable target he desperately needs.

In fact, Brady could have a full complement of weapons in a matter of weeks if Josh Gordon returns from injury and rookie N'Keal Harry can integrate into the offense when he becomes eligible to play in Week 9.

Here's a look at the Patriots' updated wide receiver depth chart with Sanu in the fold:

Julian Edelman
Josh Gordon
Mohamed Sanu
Phillip Dorsett
N'Keal Harry (eligible to return Week 9)
Jakobi Meyers
Gunner Olszewski

Not too shabby.

At 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, Sanu also gives New England a third big-body wideout along with the 6-foot-3, 225-pound Gordon and the 6-foot-4, 225-pound Harry.

If Gordon is able to return from a hamstring injury, the Patriots can roll out this lineup (sans Harry) next Sunday in a home game against the Cleveland Browns.

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