So . . . what's the deal with Rob Gronkowski?
He's been at practice with the team for a couple weeks now, but has not been active in any of the games yet.
He was not placed on the PUP list to start the year, which would have made him out for the team's first six games. We're entering Week 5 now, and there's been reports that the Patriots and "Camp Gronk" are at odds on where he's at in his recovery.
Ron Borges and Dan Shaughnessy join Gary Tanguay and Mike Felger to discuss.
"Well, there's a split there, and understandably so, between what one would call the Gronkowski camp - Drew Rausenhaus, his agent, and those people who are closest to Rob - and the team, who believes he's ready to play," Borges said.
It also appears that people within the Patriots are leaking information to reporters like Adam Schefter from ESPN and Peter King of SI, questioning Gronkowski's recovery time.
Shaughnessy thinks those leaks are coming from one specific person.
"It does [feel un-Patriot-like], and this has to be coming from the coach, you have to deduce. Wy else would this pressure be coming on the player if it wasn't coming from the coach? You can say the ownership if you want, but if I think to me if I'm seeing this I'm thinking, well, who is the person who most wants this guy on the field and is going to put that external pressure on him? It's probably coming from the coach."
You don't have to look too far back to wonder why Gronkowski may be taking some extra time to make sure everything is OK.
"Do you want to know why this is an issue?" Borges asked. "Because they told him last year he was fine, and he lasted about four seconds. That's why."
Are you worried that the relationship between Gronk and the team could be in jeopardy over his recovery time? Let us know in the comments section.