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Phil Mickelson explains what Tom Brady’s swing tip to him was 05.25.17 at 8:00 am ET
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Tom Brady helped Phil Mickelson with his golf swing. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady helped Phil Mickelson with his golf swing. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Last week it was learned Tom Brady has helped PGA Tour golfer Phil Mickelson with his swing.

On Wednesday, prior to the Dean & DeLuca Invitational he explained what exactly Brady said to him.

“Overload, underload. It’s about how to create speed, how to retrain and reprogram your governor for speed,” Mickelson said to reporters. “I’ve been doing a lot of the same stuff, and he just kind of explained how he applied it to football and throwing and arm velocity.”

The “overload, underload” concept is a technique Brady learned from QB coach Tom House. Mickelson uses it as well.

“We have, Sean Cochran and myself, been doing it for a few years,” Mickelson said. “I think they’ve been refined over the years. I think Tom has really refined it and applied it to other sports other than baseball and other than just throwing, to golf.”

The first round of the Dean & DeLuca Invitational begins Thursday morning.

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Adam Schefter believes Patriots will keep Jimmy Garoppolo beyond 2017 05.25.17 at 6:00 am ET
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Adam Schefter believes the Patriots will hold on to Jimmy Garoppolo. (John David Mercer/USA Today Sports)

Adam Schefter believes the Patriots will hold on to Jimmy Garoppolo. (John David Mercer/USA Today Sports)

ESPN’s Adam Schefter was very adamant the Patriots would not trade Jimmy Garoppolo this offseason, and he was proven right.

Now, while he isn’t as demonstrative as he was with the Patriots not trading the quarterback, he believes the Patriots will keep Garoppolo beyond the 2017 season.

The Patriots backup will be an unrestricted free agent after this season and Tom Brady will be 40 years old.

Schefter gave his thoughts on Bleacher Report’s “Stick to Football” podcast.

“This is interesting on a lot of levels because there was so much Garoppolo conversation during the offseason,” he said. “I don’t think that the Patriots ever considered trading him, and I know when the reports came out that they weren’t dealing him there were people who were instantly skeptical. ‘Oh, this is just trying to raise the price for the Patriots. Nobody is offering —‘ No, they were never trading Jimmy Garoppolo. Period. That was the case in February, and in March, and in April. It didn’t stop teams from calling to inquire, but there wasn’t a team out there that was going to be able to put together an offer that would have changed the Patriots’ thinking with trading Jimmy Garoppolo.

“Now, again, going forward, how is that going to operate and how is that going to work — will the Patriots risk losing Jimmy Garoppolo? My own sense is no. They are going to figure out a way one way or another to keep him there — whether that means signing him to an extension, or franchising him, or making it work. We’ll see how that plays out. I don’t think they are going to lose him. I don’t think they want to lose him. I think they recognize how good they think he is — many of us don’t know that right now because we haven’t seen him play on a consistent basis. They have. They’ve watched him practice. They’ve seen him in practice. They know what he is and isn’t capable of. They are big believers in him.

“Again, I’d like to say this, Tom Brady, that Super Bowl was 28-3 at one point, and if that game had continued on that course, the offseason would have been dedicated to people talking about is it time to replace Tom Brady with Jimmy Garoppolo? When Tom Brady turned that game around, not only did he win a Super Bowl for the Patriots, he stayed off all the [naysayers] that would have come, I believe if they would have lost that game as decisively and as one-sided as it was at one point in time. He’s 40 years old. He’s going to be 40 years old this year and he is the greatest quarterback of all-time. None of that is in dispute, and he may play for five or six more years, he may do that, but the chances are he’s not going to because nobody has ever done that before. I’m not going to challenge the great Tom Brady in any way. I would never challenge that guy ever, but Father Time usually wins that battle. If he can beat Father Time, he’s ever more incredible than we think he is. We’ll see.

“Again, I think the Patriots recognize they have what they believe is a commodity and a successor in the wings and they have developed him, put a lot of time in him. They don’t want to lose him. I don’t know how they work it out, but somehow some way something tells me they will find a way to get it done.”

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With Andrew Hawkins announcing signing with Patriots, team releases another WR 05.24.17 at 5:17 pm ET
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Andrew Hawkins announced he's signing with the Patriots. (Scott R. Galvin/USA Today Sports)

Andrew Hawkins announced he’s signing with the Patriots. (Scott R. Galvin/USA Today Sports)

Although it’s not official, wide receiver Andrew Hawkins announced via social media he will be signing with the Patriots.

The roster was already full, so in order to add Hawkins they would need to release a player and it appears that came on Wednesday as the team released wide receiver Devin Street.

The Patriots claimed Street off waivers on May 2. Street appeared in five games for the Colts last season and caught one pass for 20 yards.

Hawkins, who plays the slot, faces an uphill battle for a roster spot, but does provide the team good depth in the event of an injury during training camp.

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WR Andrew Hawkins announces he’s signing with Patriots 05.24.17 at 1:04 pm ET
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The Patriots have another receiver in town.

Former Browns and Bengals wide receiver Andrew Hawkins announced on Uninterrupted, he’s signing a deal with the Patriots. Hawkins said it wasn’t about the money and he wanted to join a contender. He also mentioned what a thrill it will be to work with Tom Brady.

Hawkins worked out with the Patriots last week and does most of his work in the slot.

The now 31-year-old had his best season in 2014 with the Browns when he had 63 catches for 824 yards and two touchdowns. Last year he hauled in 33 passes for 324 yards and three touchdowns. It was also the only season he played in all 16 games.

The Patriots don’t appear to have room on the roster for him, but Hawkins could be a player to bring in for training camp and have around in case any of the top receivers were to get injured.

New England’s roster is at 90 players, so it will need to release a player to make room for Hawkins.

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It appears Rob Gronkowski is participating in OTAs this week 05.24.17 at 12:23 pm ET
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Rob Gronkowski has been spotted on the field this week. (Kevin Hoffman/USA Today Sports)

Rob Gronkowski has been spotted on the field this week. (Kevin Hoffman/USA Today Sports)

The media isn’t given access to Patriots OTAs until Thursday, but the Patriots held sessions on Monday and Tuesday.

One of the biggest questions was whether or not Rob Gronkowski, who is recovering from back surgery, would participate.

Based off photos surfaced on Patriots.com, the tight end is a full-go.

Following Tuesday’s workout, the team website had a photo of Gronkowski making a one-handed catch, and also feeling good after making a reception. These would indicate he’s on the field with the rest of his teammates six months after back surgery.

OTAs are non-contact, but still is a great sign that he is on the field.

Also on Tuesday, the Patriots and Gronkowski re-worked his contract, which could make him the highest paid tight end in 2017.

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Why did undrafted rookie free agent WR Austin Carr, who has been compared to Julian Edelman, choose Patriots? 05.24.17 at 10:29 am ET
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WR Austin Carr signed with the Patriots as an undrafted free agent. (Caylor Arnold/USA Today Sports)

WR Austin Carr signed with the Patriots as an undrafted free agent. (Caylor Arnold/USA Today Sports)

When Northwestern wide receiver Austin Carr when undrafted in last month’s draft, he could have signed with any team.

Five teams apparently showed interest, but in the end he chose the Patriots.

Carr primarily plays out of the slot, which is why he’s already received comparisons to Julian Edelman, with some even saying he potentially could be his replacement since Edelman is a free agent after this season.

Last season Carr had 90 receptions for 1,247 yards and 12 touchdowns, and was named the Big 10’s receiver of the year.

So with five teams interested, why did Carr choose New England?

“Feeling like I could learn from the veterans here, feeling like I could learn from some amazing wide receivers, and then also knowing that it’s a franchise that wins,” Carr said to reporters Tuesday at Gillette Stadium. “I don’t want to just go to the NFL, I want to go and I want to contribute to a team winning, and I felt like I could especially do that here.”

Carr joins a crowded receiving group with Edelman, Chris Hogan, Danny Amendola, Malcolm Mitchell and newcomer Brandin Cooks.

He said he’s doing everything he can to learn from those players as the team kicked off OTAs this week.

“My focus is being humble and learning from those guys,” Carr said. “It’s not cynical, it’s not a mean room. Obviously they’re veterans and guys come in and out, it’s a revolving door for some people, and my goal is to grasp the opportunity, be humble, learn from them, stay out of their way at some points, but really the best I can do is be a sponge.”

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How Rob Gronkowski’s new deal with Patriots is perfect for both sides 05.24.17 at 10:04 am ET
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Rob Gronkowski restructured his 2017 contract. (Kevin Hoffman/USA Today Sports)

Rob Gronkowski restructured his 2017 contract. (Kevin Hoffman/USA Today Sports)

Rob Gronkowski’s deal for 2017 wasn’t a very good one for the 28-year-old, as the best tight end in football was only scheduled to make $5.25 million.

Yes, he deserves more money, but from a Patriots perspective there’s no guarantee he stays healthy. So, the Patriots and Gronkowski reworked his 2017 salary to have it be based off what he does on the field.

For a player like Gronkowski, who is so talented but also has a great deal of injury concerns, it’s the perfect way to satisfy both sides.

It’s a unique structure, but Gronkowski is a unique player.

According to Adam Schefter, there are three potential tiers for his 2017 salary. Tier 1 gives him $10.75 million and he would need to play 90 percent of the snaps, have 80 catches, 1,200 yards or be an All-Pro. Tier 2 gives him $8.75 million and he would need to play 80 percent of the snaps, have 70 catches, 1,000 yards or 12 touchdowns. Tier 3 gives him $6.75 million and he would need to play 70 percent of the snaps, have 60 catches, 800 yards or 10 touchdowns.

If Gronkowski can stay healthy and play say 14 or 15 games, he’s almost a sure lock for the $10.75 million because when on the field he’s the best tight end in football.

The tight end is a four-time All-Pro (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015). In those seasons he played in 16, 11, 15 and 15 games respectively. Bottom line, if he plays say 13 or more games, he’s going to be the highest paid tight end in the league because he will reach at least one of the criteria for the top tier.

(As of now, Seattle’s Jimmy Graham is the highest paid tight end in the league next year at $10 million.)

Why is this deal good for the Patriots? Because of Gronkowski is on the field, it likely means the Patriots are winning games.

While it is a unique deal, and likely wouldn’t happen for any other player, it is the definition of a fair deal that both sides can be happy with.

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