Belichick: Cunningham having a 'great offseason'

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Belichick: Cunningham having a 'great offseason'

FOXBORO -- With the clock ticking on 2010 second-rounder Jermaine Cunningham, the light appears to have gone on.

Bill Belichick said Tuesday that the defensive endoutside linebacker has had a "great offseason," adding that Cunningham "really worked hard. He looks good."

Given that the offseason has so far consisted of voluntary weightlifting and OTAs, I asked Belichick where improvement can be seen.

"A player's physical improvement, overall mental grasp of what we're doing and what we can see on the field which is non-contact but reactions and technique," Belichick explained.

After starting 11 games as a rookie at outside linebacker in the Patriots 3-4, Cunningham played in just nine games and didn't have a start last year. He was completely and utterly out of the mix as the Patriots went to the 4-3 more often.

What went wrong, Belichick was asked.

"I don't know. I'm sure it was a combination of things," he said. "But whatever happened with any of our players last year whether it was good, bad or indifferent it's not that important. We're trying to move forward and evaluate the team on its current basis.

"We'll see where it takes us this year," Belichick added."It will be up to him, and how he performs, relative to the other players at his position. I think we have good competition there."

Gronkowski after surgery: 'Dance floor tomorrow night... here I come'

Gronkowski after surgery: 'Dance floor tomorrow night... here I come'

After undergoing back surgery earlier in the day on Friday, Rob Gronkowski is back on his feet and cracking jokes.

The injured Patriots tight end posted a video of himself on his feet with the assistance of a walker captioned "Rehab day 1! "Can't nobody hold me down... Oo no I got to keep on movin"

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In the video, Gronk takes a few steps and says, “Dance floor tomorrow night. . . here I come.”

Watch the video below [NSFW language from Gronk's dad]

Rehab day 1! "Can't nobody hold me down... Oo no I got to keep on movin"

A video posted by Rob Gronkowski (@gronk) on