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New England Patriots links 6/14/16 - Return of Gronk, Lewis dominate OTA headlines

Daily news and links for 6/14/16

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  • Mike Reiss reports Rob Gronkowski practiced his moves near the goal line -- his head-and-shoulders fake, in particular -- during the Patriots' workout on Monday.
  • Phil Perry notes Rob Gronkowski says he's ready to 'knock all the rust off' as he resumes practicing.
  • Henry McKenna shares some video of Rob Gronkowski back on the field.
  • Mark Daniels notes Rob Gronkowski says he has seen a 'huge development' in Jimmy Garoppolo.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Rob Gronkowski back in action at OTAs; Patriots Offensive line remains their biggest question mark; More.
  • Adam Kurkjian reports that Dion Lewis was practicing with the team for the first time since tearing an ACL Nov. 8. He competed in the lone contested 11-on-11 drill, and was able to cut and move without favoring the leg.
  • Mike Petraglia notes Dion Lewis learned to 'cherish football' and work hard to re-gain his form, while recovering and rehabbing his knee.
  • Kevin Duffy thinks Dion Lewis looks poised to be ready for the season opener.
  • Mike Reiss tells us Dion Lewis was pretty hard on himself after a dropped pass at practice, not allowing himself any excuses for it.
  • Henry McKenna posts some clips of Dion Lewis running through drills at his first practice since surgery.
  • Mike Reiss points out Shaq Mason's return to practice adds a layer to the interior O-line battle.
  • Drew Kennedy (ESPNNH) Patriots offensive line: Offseason analysis.
  • Karen Guregian watches Aaron Dobson the past few weeks, fighting for his job and trying to avoid the inconsistency trap.
  • Jeff Howe sees rookie Cyrus Jones looking like a starting cornerback.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots OTAs: Jonathan Jones continues strong spring.
  • Christopher Price Monday OTA notes: Gronkowski, Lewis back on field in Foxboro.
  • James Toscano finds Patriots players are realistic about what June OTAs mean.
  • Tom E. Curran, Mike Giardi and Phil Perry have the news and notes from the OTA at Gillette Stadium. (5.26 min. video)
  • Tom E. Curran's Top 100 plays of the Belichick Era: Numbers 100-86.