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This stat shows the early-season dominance of the Patriots cornerbacks

This stat shows the early-season dominance of the Patriots cornerbacks

So far during the 2019 NFL season, the New England Patriots defense has been elite. They made history on defense in their first two games by only allowing three points combined against the Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins and it seems that every unit on that defense is an upper-echelon group.

That said, of the defense in general, it appears that corner is the strongest position group. Armed with plenty of quality options in All-Pro Stephon Gilmore, solid veteran Jason McCourty, the recently-extended Jonathan Jones, and former undrafted free agent J.C. Jackson, the Patriots can match up with just about any team's receiving weapons. And so far, that has been the case.

In fact, the Patriots' corners have been so good that they have barely allowed opposing players to get catches on them. This mind-blowing stat about the cornerback group via Jeff Howe of the Athletic proves just how dominant the unit has been.

That's pretty incredible, and it translates to a combined completion percentage of about 30.1. Their stellar play at cornerback is a big part of the reason that the Patriots defense overall has yet to allow a touchdown and has allowed just 365 passing yards and four interceptions to opposing quarterbacks during their first two contests.

The Patriots' strength at cornerback is also part of the reason that they won't be likely to target Jalen Ramsey in a trade. The Jacksonville Jaguars' top corner has reportedly demanded a trade away from the club, but the Patriots' lack of need at cornerback coupled with the high cost of acquiring Ramsey would basically make any conversation surrounding the veteran a non-starter.

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Rob Gronkowski posts old video hinting at possible return to Patriots

Rob Gronkowski posts old video hinting at possible return to Patriots

Rob Gronkowski continues to add to the speculation about a possible return to the New England Patriots.

On Sunday, Gronk took to Twitter to tease a "big announcement" coming Tuesday at 9 a.m. Later on in the day, the retired tight end posted a video to Facebook that is sure to get Patriots fans' hopes up.

In the video, originally posted by Tom Brady in 2016, the Patriots quarterback blows into a conch shell and adds a caption that reads, "New England Patriots RECEIVERS… ASSEMBLE!!!"

Gronk reposted it and asked, "Tom Brady, do you think this thing still works?!! 🐚"

Check it out below:

Gronkowski has always kept the door open for a possible return to football, but Pats fans shouldn't get too excited. Last month, Gronk seemed to shut down the idea of that comeback happening this season.

We'll just have to wait and see what the announcement will be on Tuesday. Gronk's deadline to come out of retirement and play again this season is Saturday, Nov. 30.

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Tony Gonzalez reveals joining Rob Gronkowski on Patriots 'almost happened'

Tony Gonzalez reveals joining Rob Gronkowski on Patriots 'almost happened'

The New England Patriots were lucky to have one of the greatest tight ends in NFL history in Rob Gronkowski for nine years, and at one point, another legendary player at the position nearly joined the roster.

That's right, Hall of Fame tight end and current FOX Sports NFL analyst Tony Gonzalez revealed Sunday in a behind-the-scenes video that joining Gronkowski in New England "almost happened." Gonzalez didn't specify when the move could have occurred, but it does create a pretty interesting "what if?" scenario for fans to wonder about.

Check out the exchange between Gonzalez and hist FOX Sports colleague Gronkowski in the tweet below:

Gonzalez was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 1997 and played with them for 12 seasons before joining the Atlanta Falcons for the final six years of his career. He retired after the 2013 season and is currently No. 3 on the league's career receptions leaderboard with 1,325 over 17 seasons.

Gronkowski had a shorter career than Gonzalez due to injuries and retired in March, but he arguably was the most dominant tight end we've ever seen. Gronk tallied 79 touchdown receptions in 115 career regular season games, and his postseason résumé (which includes three Super Bowl titles) is quite impressive, too.

A Gronkowski-Gonzalez combo would have been really fun, especially with Tom Brady at quarterback, and maybe the Patriots would have won another Super Bowl if Gonzalez had come to Foxboro.

The only question now is if Gronkowski will put his retirement on hold and return to the Patriots this season. On Sunday morning, he teased a "big announcement" coming Tuesday.

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