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Why Patriots' Nick Caserio is on board with new NFL Combine limitation

Why Patriots' Nick Caserio is on board with new NFL Combine limitation

NFL teams have 15 fewer formal opportunities to speak to players at the 2020 NFL Combine -- and Nick Caserio is all for it.

The league informed clubs ahead of this year's combine that they will be granted up to 45 18-minute interviews with prospects, down from the standard 60 interviews of 15 minutes each.

So, why is Caserio excited about interviewing fewer players? Shouldn't the New England Patriots director of player personnel want to meet with as many prospects as possible?

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Here's Caserio explaining to Patriots.com's Megan O'Brien why he's on board with the change.

"When you actually talk to the players, it can be the Wild West," Caserio said. "You grab them in the hallway, you can have 15 to 20 players in the room at one time, and it's a push-pull. I was one of those people grabbing players when I was a scouting assistant."

After trimming the interview number to 45, Caserio noticed, the process is "a lot more orderly, a lot more structured, a lot more streamlined, and I think it makes it a lot easier. In all fairness, it gives every team the same opportunity, as opposed to the way it used to be."

Two more reasons why Caserio doesn't mind the change? The Patriots and other teams still have plenty of informal meetings with prospects -- and their formal meetings don't influence their draft strategy all that much.

Caserio and his New England staff still are plenty busy -- according to our count, they've already spoken to nearly 30 players in Indianapolis since the Combine began Monday.

That's all part of the Patriots' due diligence between now and the 2020 NFL Draft, when they'll decide what to do with their wealth of selections.

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Watch Rob Gronkowski's wild intro as WrestleMania 36 host

Watch Rob Gronkowski's wild intro as WrestleMania 36 host

Rob Gronkowski may be done with football, but he continues to find ways to entertain us on our television screens.

The former New England Patriots tight end is hosting WrestleMania 36 this weekend alongside WWE star Mojo Rawley. And as one would expect, Gronk brought the energy to start off the two-night event.

“[WWE] picked the right guy [to host WrestleMania], because I know how to start a party on a Saturday night and end it 30 hours later," Gronk quipped in his introduction.

Watch below:

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Between the WWE and his various other ventures, Gronkowski seemingly has been everywhere these last few weeks. He appeared on SmackDown, was revealed as White Tiger in "The Masked Singer," and participated in a virtual beer pong tournament for coronavirus relief.

In other words, retirement seems to be treating the future Pro Football Hall of Famer well.

Stephon Gilmore seems to think covering new Bills WR Stefon Diggs will be 'light work'

Stephon Gilmore seems to think covering new Bills WR Stefon Diggs will be 'light work'

Does New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore think covering new Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs will be "light work?" 

It certainly seems that way. Gilmore defended Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper after former Bills and New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan called Cooper a "turd" on ESPN's "Get Up."

The 29-year-old called Cooper one of the "toughest receivers in the league to cover," but when a fan responded saying Diggs will be tougher, another fan said he'd be "light work" and Gilmore liked that tweet. 

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Will Diggs really be that difficult for the Defensive Player of the Year to handle? It's tough to say, but Diggs put up some impressive numbers with the Minnesota Vikings before being traded to the Bills.

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In five seasons with the Vikings, Diggs has 4,623 yards and 30 touchdowns -- he's had 1,000-plus yards receiving in back-to-back years and has never played a full 16-game season. On the other hand, Gilmore had six interceptions last season with two touchdowns, 44 solo tackles and a fumble recovery. 

With the Patriots and Bills set to meet at least twice next season, it'll be interesting to see how things shake out.