|Bill Belichick on absence of Rob Gronkowski, others: ‘They were doing other things’||06.07.16 at 2:40 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Bill Belichick is doing his best not to feed into the mystery surrounding Rob Gronkowski.
The Patriots superstar tight end missed the first day of mandatory mini-camp Tuesday at Gillette Stadium. When asked, the Patriots coach hinted that Gronkowski was actually in the building but just not practicing on the field.
“There are a lot of players that were not on the field,” Belichick told reporters in the heat of the sun. “They were doing other things.”
Was Gronkowski expected to be there?
“All of our players are. They’re doing other things,” Belichick said.
What wasn’t clear from the answer was whether Belichick was indicating that all players are expected to be at camp or whether, indeed, they “are” in the building.
Gronkowski has been spotted often recently around Boston, including at the Myra Kraft MVP Community awards last week, where he took a break from working out to make an appearance with Tom Brady at Gillette’s Putnam Club.
Gronkowski was one of several players not spotted Tuesday. Also not on hand were Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, LeGarrette Blount, Nate Solder and Sebastian Vollmer.
Belichick was also asked if all players reported to mini-camp.
“I don’t know. Whoever is here is here,” the coach said.
There were special guests on hand Tuesday for the start of mini-camp as members of the Navy football coaching staff stood on the side and observed.
“They’re just up here to watch what we’re doing. We have a great relationship with Ken [Niumatalolo],” Belichick said of the head coach of the Midshipmen. “He’s been a good friend and everything I’ve asked, he’s always been there for me.”
Joe Cardona, a graduate of the Naval Academy in 2015, reported to mini-camp on Tuesday. He is beginning his second year with the Patriots.
Belichick said he didn’t know the status of his long-snapper and his availability going forward this summer or whether Naval commitments might take precedence.
“Just keep making progress,” Belichick said. “Each day, just try to build on the day before. A lot of new faces, a lot of new installation, so just grind through it day by day.
“We’re all starting all over. We’re all starting all over, coaches, players, everybody. It’s a new year, we’re all starting over.”
|Danny Amendola (reported knee, ankle surgeries) plays in Tom Brady’s Best Buddies game||06.03.16 at 9:39 pm ET|
ALLSTON, Mass. — Tom Brady’s Best Buddies game was held Friday night at Harvard Stadium and had two somewhat surprise participants — Danny Amendola and Dion Lewis.
Lewis, who is coming off of ACL surgery last November, participated at half speed, but Amendola who reportedly had offseason ankle and knee surgeries, looked very good for someone who recently went under the knife. Both were not present at last week’s OTA session open to the media.
Amendola agreed to a contract restructure in May that lowered his 2016 cap hit. Another receiver who reportedly has underwent surgery recently in Julian Edelman was present in a walking boot, but didn’t participate in the game.
Below is video of Amendola moving well.
Danny Amendola playing in the game and moving well pic.twitter.com/BrBx2sFbYz
— Ryan Hannable (@RyanHannable) June 3, 2016
|Julian Edelman celebrates 30th birthday with Patriots teammates in walking boot||05.22.16 at 9:31 pm ET|
Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman turned 30 years old on Sunday and video courtesy of Danny Amendola on Twitter showed the two receivers celebrating with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and others over the weekend.
From a football standpoint, it’s worth noting Edelman still had a walking boot on his left foot. A few weeks ago he was seen with one on and reported he had surgery on his left foot, but was on track to return for training camp.
It doesn’t seem like the walking boot prohibited Edelman from enjoying his big day.
— Danny Amendola (@DannyAmendola) May 22, 2016
|Report: Danny Amendola had offseason knee, ankle surgeries||05.16.16 at 1:14 pm ET|
Danny Amendola took a beating during the 2015 season.
This is why it’s not much of a surprise that he had offseason surgery on both his knee and ankle, according to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald. The report adds both surgeries occurred after the playoffs and he still is rehabbing. The ankle injury was a bone spur and deemed a “quick fix.”
It is unknown at this time how long the injuries will keep Amendola out. There’s hope he will be ready for training camp, but nothing — even Week 1 — is guaranteed.
Amendola suffered the knee injury against the Bills in Week 11 and missed two games — Week 12 at Denver and Week 16 at the Jets. He finished the season with 65 catches for 648 yards and two touchdowns.
The receiver recently took a pay cut as his contract is now two years worth $7.35 million with $750,000 more in roster bonuses/catch incentives. He was scheduled to have a base salary of $11 million over the next two seasons before he restructured.
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|Danny Amendola reportedly restructures contract with Patriots||05.06.16 at 10:51 am ET|
Many saw this coming, but Danny Amendola reportedly has restructured his deal with the Patriots.
According to Fox Sports’ Mike Garafolo, Amendola has restructured his contract to two years worth $7.35 million with $750,000 more in roster bonuses/catch incentives.
“It’s an honor to play for this franchise and with this group of guys. We have one goal – to win another championship and that’s all we care about,” Amendola said in a statement to Garafolo.
Before the restructure, Amendola was set to have a base salary of $5 million in 2016 and $6 million in 2017. He will be with New England for at least the next two seasons.
In three years with the Patriots, the receiver has caught 146 passes for 1,481 yards and six touchdowns.
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|Robert Kraft, Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola attend Gisele Bundchen book launch party with Tom Brady||05.01.16 at 5:22 pm ET|
Devin McCourty’s wedding wasn’t the only Patriots-related event Saturday night.
Gisele Bundchen celebrated her book launch with a party at The Bowery Hotel in New York City. Besides her husband Tom Brady, Patriots owner Robert Kraft and wide receivers Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman attended the event, courtesy of Gisele’s publicist Amber Clapp on Instagram.
Many have wondered about Brady and Kraft’s relationship with the Deflategate saga, but Kraft offered his support for Brady Friday night at a draft party at Gillette and with him attending this event, it shows the two are just fine.
|Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola team up in ‘Cops’ video||04.19.16 at 2:16 pm ET|
Maybe Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola want to be actors following their football careers.
Edelman posted a video to his YouTube page on Tuesday of he and Amendola playing off of the TV show “Cops.” They titled it “PATS: Cleaning the streets.”
See for yourself.
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