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New England Patriots Links 5/16/14 - Monster TE Bookends Rob Gronkowski and Justin Jones

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Daily News and Links for 5/16/14

Rob Gronkowski - 6'6" 265 lbs - could have a bookend in TE Justin Jones - 6'8" 274 lbs
Rob Gronkowski - 6'6" 265 lbs - could have a bookend in TE Justin Jones - 6'8" 274 lbs
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TEAM TALK

LOCAL LINKS

  • Mike Reiss reports DE/OLB Zach Moore, the sixth-round draft choice out of Division II Concordia-St. Paul, was the first to sign his contract Thursday.
  • Mike Reiss details the Patriots' offseason schedule, beginning with the first week of OTAs on May 27, 29 and 30.
  • Erik Frenz notes undrafted TE Justin Jones said the Patriots 'couldn't be a better fit' for him and the way Belichick uses his position.
  • Doug Kyed calls the Patriots smart to wait until after the Draft to add depth at tight end: Justin Jones has a giant upside.
  • Jeff Howe reports Dante Scarnecchia played a key role when the Patriots drafted OL Bryan Stork and Cameron Fleming. /Cool.
  • Mike Reiss tells us how RB Stephen Houston chose New England over the multiple offers from other teams.
  • Jeff Howe reports undrafted TE Justin Jones brings some intriguing measurables to camp, and with room on the roster he has an opportunity to make an impression.
  • Karen Guregian talks up WR Jeremy Gallon and says he's been proving people wrong all his life.
  • Karen Guregian adds Gallon to the long list of Patriot film-room junkies.
  • Jeff Howe reports Jimmy Garoppolo has been given the responsibilities of making sure the rookies are on time for everything and where they are supposed to be.
  • Doug Kyed thinks Cameron Gordon could be the Patriots' next versatile special-teams linebacker.
  • Jeff Howe notes Cameron Gordon and Jeremy Gallon shared their thoughts on Tom Brady speaking to the Michigan team last summer.
  • Mike Reiss posts the transcript of his weekly online chat: Andre Johnson to the Patriots would be a longshot.
  • Mike Reiss reports the Patriots released TE Tyler Beck and LS Charley Hughlett.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: 3 rookie RBs are setting the stage for an intense training camp battle; Pats could have a stronger case to recoup Aaron Hernandez' signing bonus and appeal for salary cap relief; Dominique Easley has been a limited participant in drills this week; Easley is 7 months removed from ACL surgery; Jimmy Garoppolo has already taken a leadership role with the rookies; Zach Moore was the first draft pick to sign his contract.
  • Ron Borges writes Aaron Hernandez was not, as Robert Kraft once suggested, "someone who fell in with the wrong guys. He was the wrong guy."
  • Linda Robertson calls Aaron Hernandez an example of the 'Patriot Way'. /This captain hindsight article fries my gourd.

NATIONAL NEWS

Justin Jones was in serious need of a quarterback.  No wonder he's so happy to be here: