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Rob Gronkowski replacement with Hall of Fame bloodlines? LSU tight end Thaddeus Moss, Randy’s son, declares for NFL Draft

Rob Gronkowski replacement with Hall of Fame bloodlines? LSU tight end Thaddeus Moss, Randy’s son, declares for NFL Draft

The Patriots never really filled the void left behind by Rob Gronkowski’s retirement last offseason. But by the time the draft rolls around in April, they’ll have an opportunity to replace one Hall of Famer with the son of another.

Fresh off two touchdowns for LSU in the National Championship Game earlier this week, tight end Thaddeus Moss — Randy’s son — has declared for the NFL Draft. 

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“I have loved being a part of something as legendary as this 2019-2020 football team,” Moss said in a statement. “I believe that God is presenting me with an alternative path.”

Moss, a junior, caught 47 passes for 570 yards and four touchdowns this season. He scored three times — catching nine passes for 135 yards — in the LSU’s semifinal and final games en route to a national title.

The Patriots have two tight ends under contract for 2020, Matt LaCosse and Ryan Izzo, and addressing the position figures to be one of the team’s priorities this offseason. 

Moss, 6-foot-3, 249 pounds, isn’t considered one of the top options at the position in this year’s draft class, but that could change as the pre-draft process plays out. He only has two seasons of college football under his belt, having played sparingly at North Carolina State in 2016. Transferring to LSU the following year, he had to sit out due to NCAA rules. He was then red-shirted by the Tigers, making the 2019 action he saw his first in three years. 

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The Patriots might have some more in-depth scouting information on Moss than other teams as his father played for Bill Belichick from 2007-10. Moss was traded in the middle of the 2010 season, but he and Belichick seem to have maintained a good relationship given their interactions when they appeared together on-set for the NFL Network’s All-Time Team special that aired this season. Belichick has called Moss one of the smartest players he’s ever coached. 

Experts have pegged Notre Dame underclassman Cole Kmet, who recently announced he was going pro, as the draft’s top tight end and a first-round possibility for New England. 

Joe Burrow's record-breaking season for LSU has fitting Tom Brady connection

Joe Burrow's record-breaking season for LSU has fitting Tom Brady connection

There's always a Tom Brady connection, folks.

Joe Burrow threw five touchdown passes Monday night to help LSU defeat Clemson, 42-25, in the College Football Playoff national championship game.

That gave Burrow 60 touchdown passes on the season, breaking Colt Brennan's single-season TD pass record of 58. Burrow's record-breaking strike came to LSU tight end Thaddeus Moss, the son of NFL legend Randy Moss.

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... And that's where Brady comes in.

Brady set the NFL's single-season passing touchdowns record in Week 17 of the New England Patriots' undefeated 2007 regular season, when he threw a 65-yard bomb to none other than Randy Moss for his 50th passing TD.

 

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Thaddeus finished with five catches for 36 yards and scored two touchdowns, much to the delight of his father Randy, who was at Mercedez-Benz Superdome decked out in LSU gear.

Thaddeus also accomplished something his father never could by winning a championship, as Randy's 2007 Patriots lost to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII.

Coincidentally, Randy also lost a Super Bowl with the 2012 San Francisco 49ers at that same Superdome, making LSU's win Monday that much sweeter for the Moss clan.

"It's crazy how everything comes full circle," Thaddeus said after the game, via ESPN.com. "That was his last football game, he lost the Super Bowl here, and I was able to win a national championship here and have a big game."

Kansas City Chiefs are first to accomplish this since the 2009 New England Patriots

Kansas City Chiefs are first to accomplish this since the 2009 New England Patriots

The Kansas City Chiefs started off their AFC Divisional Round playoff game against the Houston Texans poorly. They fell behind by a score of 24-0 early on and it looked like they were on their way to an upset loss to the Texans.

However, the Chiefs offense sparked into gear following their first three fruitless drives. Patrick Mahomes helped the squad to rattle off seven consecutive touchdown drives, setting a postseason record and achieving something that hadn't been done at the NFL level in over a decade.

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According to ESPN's Ed Werder, the last time that an NFL team scored a touchdown on seven straight possessions was when the New England Patriots did so against the Tennessee Titans in 2009.  

That contest was one of the most memorable regular-season wins for the Patriots of the past two decades.

The game was at Gillette Stadium, it was snowing quite a bit, and the Patriots were in their alternate red jerseys for the contest. Tom Brady threw for six touchdowns, five of which went to Wes Welker and Randy Moss. Brian Hoyer saw extensive action as a backup in the blowout and went 9 for 11 for 52 yards.

And defensively, the Patriots limited the Titans to a mind-boggling negative-seven passing yards. 

The Patriots won the game 59-0 and thanks to the team's official Twitter account, you can relive the best highlights from the game.

That outing was certainly impressive for the Patriots. Scoring seven straight touchdowns was a remarkable feat that afforded them the opportunity to build a massive lead in the blowout.

The Chiefs' feat was similarly impressive. Their offense deserves credit for being able to come from behind to earn the win and advance to the 2020 AFC Championship game.