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Rob Gronkowski reacts to brother Glenn being released from Patriots practice squad

10.13.16 at 4:03 pm ET
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Rob Gronkowski

FOXBORO — Gillette Stadium was only home to two Gronkowski’s for one week.

The Patriots released Rob Gronkowski’s brother Glenn from the practice squad on Tuesday.

“I’m doing good. He’s a good player and he played – I was super impressed with him how he played,” Rob said. “But it’s the nature of the business. I don’t make any of the personnel decisions here. Hopefully we see him back.”

Glenn, a rookie out of Kansas State, spent the preseason and Week 1 with the Bills, but was released before Week 2. In four preseason games, he gained 30 yards on seven carries.

It was the second time one of Rob’s brothers has been on the Patriots with him as Dan did in 2011.

“It was great having my brother here,” Rob said. “Going home, he was living with me and stuff, too, so it was always great being able to hang out, talk to him at night, crack jokes, get along with each other. But it’s the nature of the business, and like I said, hopefully we’ll get him back. I believe that when I saw him, he did a great job when he was here.”

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Martellus Bennett: New England is ‘a place I feel like I belong’

10.13.16 at 3:38 pm ET
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Martellus Bennett said he feels at home in New England. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Martellus Bennett said he feels at home in New England. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — Things are certainly going well for Martellus Bennett in New England through the first four games.

Bennett has 21 catches for 314 yards and four touchdowns. He also has had two, 100-yard receiving games, which equals his career number before joining the Patriots this offseason.

The tight end has had his fair share of tough times with his other two teams — Dallas and Chicago — but so far everything has gone well in New England.

“I’ve felt at home here since Day 1,” Bennett said. “It’s a place I feel like I belong. It’s been fun. I’ve been enjoying it and I am just trying to go out there and win games with my teammates.”

Bennett and Rob Gronkowski worked out together before he was traded to New England.

“When I first saw him actually, I saw some big dude working out,” Gronkowski said. “I didn’t even know it was him. I knew who Martellus [Bennett] was and everything, but I just didn’t recognize him at the slight moment. I was like, ‘Man, that dude is huge.’ I was like, ‘Who is that?’ and they were like, ‘That’s Martellus Bennett,’ and I was like – I looked at him again and I was like, ‘Damn, that dude is huge.’ So I went up to him and talked to him and then, boom. The next few days, he was on our team.

“I was like, ‘dang.’ We were just talking about how cool it would be and everything and it would be great to work with him and everything. I know he’s been in the league longer than myself. We were just BS-ing around about how we could help each other out, how cool it would be to feed off each other and all, and it happened. So it was very neat.”

Bennett also recalled those workouts with a similar memory.

“It was actually in a gym,” he said. “[Gronkowski] was like, ‘Did you sweat all that sweat? I thought I was the only guy who sweat like that.’ And I was like, ‘You’re not the only tight end who’s working, bro.’ But the same thing. I saw him, and I was like, ‘Man, he’s huge. This dude’s big, just like me.’ But it was just funny. We just hit it off from that day. We just told jokes and laughed and then finished the workout.”

Bennett has one year left on his current contract and with how productive the tight end position has been, the Patriots might start thinking about making the duo a long-term thing.

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Martellus Bennett explains botched TD spike: ‘It’s like trying to grip a pumpkin’

10.13.16 at 3:11 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett had a monster game against the Browns on Sunday, catching six passes for 67 yards and three touchdowns in the Patriots’ 33-13 win.

After one of them, Bennett tried to imitate Rob Gronkowski with his patented “Gronk Spike,” except it didn’t go as planned.

“Form looked great. The picture looked great,” Bennett said Wednesday. “I was like, “Man, if they just hold this.’ Still, it looked great. The ball just slipped out of my hand. I usually don’t spike it. I’m not a big celebration guy, but in that moment, I was like, ‘Spike this thing.’ Gronk came back from being hurt. I was good and it was just like — I don’t know what happened, honestly. It’s like trying to grip a pumpkin.”

Gronkowski gave Bennett credit for the wind up, but acknowledged the spike was poorly executed.

“I saw it. It happens,” he said. “It was pretty funny that it slipped like that, but I’ve got to give him credit for the wind up. Did you see the wind up he had? A+ there.”

There could be a lot more spikes in the end zone this season as Bennett and Gronkowski are proving to be nearly impossible to cover, especially in the red zone.

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Source: Patriots work out 3 free agents

10.13.16 at 1:35 pm ET
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Donteea Dye (right) worked out for the Patriots earlier this week. (Cliff McBride/Getty Images)

Wide receiver Donteea Dye (right) worked out for the Patriots earlier this week. (Cliff McBride/Getty Images)

On Monday, the Patriots worked out wide receiver Donteea Dye, running back/fullback Austin Johnson and tight end Gannon Sinclair, a league source has confirmed.

Dye is a 6-foot, 195-pounder, who went undrafted out of Heidelberg University in 2015. He caught 11 passes for 132 yards with a touchdown in 10 games with the Buccaneers last season.

Johnson is a 6-foot-2, 240-pounder out of Tennessee who has 12 carries for 31 yards and seven catches for 45 yards in 17 career games with New Orleans.

The 6-foot-7, 258-pound Sinclair is a Missouri State product who was undrafted in 2015. He has yet to catch a pass in the NFL.

It’s worth noting that the Patriots got a good look at Johnson and Sinclair this summer, as both were in Foxboro at some point for joint practices — Johnson with the Saints and Sinclair with the Bears.

Doug Kyed of NESN was first to report the news of the workout.

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Rob Gronkowski hints he may be back to full strength: ‘Felt like myself last week’

10.13.16 at 1:34 pm ET
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Rob Gronkowski felt the best he has all season Sunday against the Brown. (

Rob Gronkowski felt the best he has all season Sunday against the Brown. (

FOXBORO — Judging by Sunday’s game against the Browns, Rob Gronkowski is back.

The tight end didn’t appear to be at full strength in his first two games of the season after missing the first two with a hamstring injury, but looked like the tight end everyone is used to seeing Sunday in the Patriots’ 33-13 win over the Browns.

Gronkowski caught five passes for 109 yards after catching just one pass in his first two games.

“Felt like myself last week, just getting into the groove now, week-in, week-out now,” Gronkowski said. “Just have to stay in a routine. Stay in a groove.”

The tight end would not commit to being 100 percent, though.

“If you’re playing in the NFL, you’re never 100 percent,” Gronkowski said. “I mean any player, speaking for the whole NFL. I mean, playing this game you’re going out every Sunday banging each other, hitting each other hard. I would say it is rare someone is going to come up and say they are 100 percent for every game. I would say just going out there and being prepared to the max I can be physically every single week and being ready to roll. I am out there now, I’m rolling now, so there are no excuses.”

It may not have been a coincidence Gronkowski looked like he did on Sunday because it was also the first game back for Tom Brady. The tight end said that had something to do with things as well.

“I would say it’s a little of both,” he said. “First my self, always have to get healthy. When I am healthy I can go out there and do what I have to do — blocking, running wise, catching wise, running full speed at all times, going full speed every single time I am out there. It was great to get Tom back, but I feel like just my game I feel like I can go out there and do what I have to do. What I try and do no matter who the quarterback is, I’m just trying to do whatever is best for the team and do my job to my best of my ability to help out the team.”

Gronkowski hasn’t caught a touchdown pass in three games this season and only once in his career has he gone four straight games.

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OL Shaq Mason returns, TE Greg Scruggs among 3 Patriots missing at practice

10.13.16 at 1:07 pm ET
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Shaq Mason

FOXBORO — The Patriots held their first full padded practice of the week Thursday afternoon on the backfields of Gillette Stadium and three players were missing.

Tight end Greg Scruggs, running back Brandon Bolden and linebacker Jonathan Freeny were all missing, which isn’t a good sign for the availability Sunday against the Bengals.

Scruggs was seen in the locker room walking with the aid of crutches, while Bolden (knee) and Freeny (shoulder) both didn’t practice on Wednesday.

The team did get some good news with the return of offensive lineman Shaq Mason, who missed Wednesday’s session with a non-injury reason.

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Marvin Lewis on Bill Belichick: ‘I love his perspective of things’

10.13.16 at 12:27 pm ET
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Oct 9, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis during the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Marvin Lewis is in his 14th season in Cincinnati. (Matthew Emmons/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — Bill Belichick’s fondness of Paul Brown is well documented.

He re-visited that topic on Monday when asked about taking his team to the statue of Jim Brown after Sunday’s 33-13 dispatch of the Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium.

Well, it turns out Marvin Lewis has a similar admiration for Belichick.

The irony of this is that Lewis and Belichick are – by far – the two longest tenured coaches in the NFL. Belichick is in his 17th season as Patriots head coach while Lewis took over for Dick LeBeau after the 2002 season and is currently in his 14th season.

Belichick’s playoff success in New England is unprecedented in the Super Bowl era. He has been to the playoffs in 13 of his previous 16 seasons. He has won the AFC East in every season he’s made the playoffs. His teams are 22-9 in the postseason with four Super Bowl titles.

“Well, Bill is a football coach through and through, and any coach respects his ability and what he’s done, how he goes about it, his ability to get his football team ready, week in and week out,” Lewis said Wednesday in a conference call. “Everybody understands, they understand the task at hand and what they have to do to win the football game, and you’ve got to like that part of it.

“And that’s what, as a football coach, he gives you and you hope to emulate in your own self and your own footbal team, all the time. His respect for the game, his respect for Paul Brown, In working for Mike [Brown], that’s all Mike cares about is football and this football team. I think Bill has a great respect for that, as well.”

Mike Brown, son of Paul Brown and Bengals owner, hired Lewis after a franchise-worst 2-14 season in 2002.

Lewis was credited with turning around a wretched franchise in the 1990s and early 2000s when he won the 2005 AFC North. He’s won three more division titles after that (2009, ’13, 15). His teams have been to the playoffs five straight seasons. However, Lewis has dubious distinction no other coach can claim in NFL history. He is 0-7 in the playoffs.
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