Belichick: Edelman still being evaluated

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Belichick: Edelman still being evaluated

On Tuesday, Bill Belichick gave something of an update as to the status of Julian Edelman. The receiver suffered a hand injury in Sunday night's loss to Baltimore.
"Well, we'll give you more information that tomorrow and see what he's able to do out there in practice," the coach said." I know that they're evaluating the hand and taking a look at it, trying to determine what the nature of the injury is and how -- or even the extent that -- it is injured and try to see where that is, and take a look at him tomorrow, see what he's able to do.
"We'll update you tomorrow after practice relative to his practice availability."
Edelman caught four passes for 28 yards and a touchdown in the first half. He went to the locker room early in the third quarter to have his left hand examined, and despite returning to the sideline later, never played another snap in the game.
The beneficiary was Deion Branch.
Branch had just one catch through the first two quarters. His role expanded in the third quarter and he finished playing 43 offensive snaps, which is 52 percent of the total.
Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was impressed with the way Branch stepped in.
"It's interesting because Deion, in the course of the game, played multiple position in the game and his ability to do that really was a plus for us the other night. He made a couple adjustments and plays at the line of scrimmage or right after the ball was snapped that really helped our situation there.
"One, in the two minute situation where they blitzed a weak corner; he and Tom were on the same page, and a few other adjustments they made as well. Deion embraced his role during last week's preparation and was ready to go when we needed to and we needed him to help us in multiple ways and he was up for the challenge the other night. "
As Belichick said, more information on Edelman's participation this week will be available after the team begins practice. It stands to reason expectations for Branch will likewise be made clear as the days pass.

Gronkowski presented with 2016 Ron Burton Community Service Award

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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.