All quiet on veteran RB front

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All quiet on veteran RB front

If the Patriots liked what they saw from Ryan Grant's April appearance, they haven't told him lately. The team has had no contact with him since the NFL Draft, according to his agent.

Grant hit New England as one of three free agent veteran running backs to visit April 20 and 21. The trio's presence fit expectations, as BenJarvus Green-Ellis' March departure left a significant hole in New England's roster. Suddenly, Danny Woodhead -- a Patriot for just two seasons -- was left as senior vet at the position.

Woodhead will do what he does on third down, catch a few balls out of the backfield, and get work split out wide. Stevan Ridley will likely handle the rest. But with Shane Vereen an unknown and the team bringing in zero rookie 'backs, depth is needed.

The time to revisit free agents is now, as the draft dust is settling. Other teams, like Oakland, will be interested in Grant if Green Bay doesn't bring him back. But that fact hasn't yet seemed to arouse any urgency in the Patriots.

Efforts to reach Hightower's and Addai's representation were unsuccessful.

Gronkowski presented with 2016 Ron Burton Community Service Award

Gronkowski presented with 2016 Ron Burton Community Service Award

At Tuesday night’s Patriots Premiere event, tight end Rob Gronkowski was presented with the 2016 Ron Burton Community Service Award.

Gronkowski is the 14th player to have received the award that is named for the late Ron Burton. The first player the Patriots organization ever drafted, Burton was well-known for his charitable work.

“Ever since I’ve been here, following the Krafts, the whole Kraft family, from Myra Kraft, Mr. Kraft, all his sons, seeing everyone lead by example, how they give back to the community every single week was just an honor to see,” said Gronkowski, “I just wanted to be a part of it and give back to the community in a positive way.”

Those who have received the award in the past include Nate Solder (2015), Devin McCourty (2014), Matthew Slater (2013), Zoltan Mesko (2012), Jerod Mayo (2011), Vince Wilfork (2010), Kevin Faulk (2009), Larry Izzo (2008), Ty Warren (2007), Jarvis Green (2006), Matt Light (2005), Troy Brown (2004) and Joe Andruzzi (2003).

"Rob is just as fun to watch at a community event as he is on the game field," said Kraft. "Giving back to the community is a big part of being ‘Gronk.' He is engaging with fans of all ages. His gregarious personality makes him one of our greatest ambassadors, especially when spreading cheer to children at local hospitals or schools. We love the devotion and enthusiasm that he shows in the community and are proud to present him with this year's Ron Burton Community Service Award."

Gronk, never shy about cracking a joke, entertained the crowd like only he can.

“Who would have ever thought five years ago when I was on ESPN every weekend drunk that I’d be accepting this award?”

Ordway: Garoppolo has to play in game 4 of the preseason vs. Giants

Ordway: Garoppolo has to play in game 4 of the preseason vs. Giants

Glenn Ordway sits in with Bob Neumeier and Gary Tanguay on the Arbella Insurance Early Edition to chat about Brady's suspension terms, and Brady, Garoppolo and Brissett playing in the final pre-season game.