FOXBORO -- Many in New England now look at Rob Gronkowski when the words "tight end" come up in football conversations.
But in a conference call on Wednesday at Gillette Stadium, Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow had some high praise for his former tight end at the University of Florida -- Aaron Hernandez -- who he played with from 2007-2009.
"Hernandez is a great player, and he makes any quarterback he's with a lot better," said Tebow. "He's just a phenomenal player. He's exciting to play with, and a great guy and a great teammate, and a competitor. He's one of those guys, when you need competitive excellence and you need someone to step up and make a big play, he's always ready and willing.
"I'm just proud of him for what he's done as an NFL player, and what he did with me at Florida. He's a guy that I definitely miss being around, but I'm happy for his success."
Friday's practice participation/injury report for Monday night's Patriots-Ravens game:
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
WR Danny Amendola (ankle)
TE Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder)
DB Jordan Richards (knee)
LB Elandon Roberts (hamstring)
DB Eric Rowe (hamstring)
WR/SpT Matthew Slater (foot)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
TE Crockett Gilmore (thigh)
LB Terrell Suggs (not injury related)
RB Lorenzo Taliaferro (thigh)
C Jeremy Zuttah (not injury related)
G Alex Lewis (ankle)
G Marshal Yanda (shoulder)
Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis.
Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time.
The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.
Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball.