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Patriots 2019 training camp schedule includes Lions joint practices

Patriots 2019 training camp schedule includes Lions joint practices

Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots will see plenty of old friends later this summer.

The Patriots will hold joint practices with the Lions in Detroit on Aug. 5, 6 and 7, the Lions confirmed Friday while announcing their training camp schedule.

Those practices will lead up to New England's preseason game in Detroit on Aug. 8, as Belichick's squad gets the chance to work a number of Patriots alumni, including Lions head coach Matt Patricia, wide receiver Danny Amendola, defensive end Trey Flowers and defensive back Justin Coleman.

The Patriots are going on the road twice for joint practices this summer, as they'll visit head coach Mike Vrabel's Titans the following week for joint sessions ahead of their Aug. 17 game in Tennessee.

New England has yet to announce dates for its 2019 training camp, but the defending Super Bowl champs are expected to kick things off in late July.

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These three Patriots stars made Pro Football Focus' Top 50 players ranking

These three Patriots stars made Pro Football Focus' Top 50 players ranking

We've reached one of the slow points of the NFL offseason.

The OTAs are over and training camps don't start until July. Therefore, unveiling the "top players in the league rankings" (and other such lists) is a good way to pass the time and stir up some healthy debate.

Pro Football Focus released its Top 50 NFL players entering 2019 list Thursday, and three New England Patriots stars made the cut. Here's the list:

50. Shaq Mason, OG
14. Stephon Gilmore, CB
2. Tom Brady, QB

Brady is the top quarterback and No. 1 offensive player on PFF's ranking. The only player ahead of him is Los Angeles Rams defensive end Aaron Donald. Gilmore is the top-ranked cornerback on the PFF list, which makes sense after he was named to the league's All-Pro team in 2018. The veteran defensive back also gave a fantastic performance in the Patriots' Super Bowl LIII win over the Rams, during which he had a late interception in the fourth quarter that helped seal the victory. Mason at No. 50 is a deserved ranking as well. He had a tremendous 2018 season and cemented his place among the league's elite offensive guards.

Julian Edelman's absence from the list was pretty interesting. The 33-year-old is the most clutch wide receiver in the league, evidenced by his Super Bowl LIII MVP performance (among other stellar playoff games). He managed to tally 74 receptions for 850 yards and six touchdowns in 2018 despite missing four games due to suspension.

These individual honors are nice, but the Patriots' mantra always has been about the team. It's one reason why they've won six Super Bowl championships since 2000, and it's also why they're among the favorites to claim a seventh next season.

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Rob Gronkowski's recently-sold Boston condo features some great sports memorabilia

Rob Gronkowski's recently-sold Boston condo features some great sports memorabilia

Rob Gronkowski made some pretty big life changes this spring.

The (former) New England Patriots tight end not only retired from the NFL but also sold his multimillion-dollar condo in downtown Boston as he begins life after football.

Gronkowski's penthouse unit, located in Boston's Seaport district, recently sold for a cool $2.3 million after he put it on the market in March.

What will that $2.3 million get the new owner, aside from the arresting views? A lot of sports memorabilia, as it turns out.

Zillow.com's photo gallery of Gronk's old place reveals some interesting wall decor, including Gronkowski's No. 87 Patriots jersey, his brother Dan's No. 82 Patriots jersey and his other brother Glenn's No. 47 Patriots jersey.

(All photos via Zillow.com.)

But Gronkowski's place didn't just show his own family love. The penthouse unit also features a signed Daniel Murphy New York Mets jersey and a Chris Pettit Los Angeles Angels jersey.

If you're wondering why the heck Gronkowski has these two jerseys, the dots connect to his brother, Gordie Gronkowski, who actually was listed as the owner of the apartment. Gordie played college baseball with Murphy at Jacksonville University and minor league ball with Pettit on the Orem Owlz.

But it appears the Gronkowski clan has moved out of the sports-themed unit as Rob moves on to bigger and better things ... we think.

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