It was Gronk's salute to British royalty . . we think.
"That little nutcracker dude that's guarding the house," he replied when asked just who he was trying to imitate with his robot-like march, then hellacious spike, after the first of his two touchdown receptions in the Patriots' 45-7 win over the Rams Sunday in London. "I like how he just sits there and stays still. It's pretty cool."
That little nutcracker dude that's guarding the house? Hmm. The Queen's Guard at Buckingham Palace, that sounds like.
Right, Tom Brady?
"I don't know what the hell he was doing on that first one," the quarterback said with a smile. "Yeah, he needs some work on that."
"He's always coming up with something," added Vince Wilfork with a laugh.
But Gronk isn't taking bows for this one.
"I give that one credit to Chandler Jones," he confessed. "He told me to do it."
Three weeks into the season, health has dominated the conversation with the Red Sox. And it’s much more than just the flu.
A scheduled off-day Monday brought something resembling an update for three players worth roughly $63 million in salary.
Dustin Pedroia, Orioles peacemaker, was examined at Massachusetts General Hospital and remains day-to-day because of left ankle and left knee soreness. He did not undergo an MRI, with his condition apparently good enough that the team felt it was unnecessary -- even though the message delivered on Sunday by manager John Farrell was that the Sox wanted to rule everything out.
Pedroia hasn’t played since he was spiked by Manny Machado on Friday in Baltimore.
Pablo Sandoval, at some point Monday, was slated to have an MRI after spraining his right knee Sunday. A further evaluation is to come Tuesday, so his status remains unclear.
David Price, meanwhile, threw a 45-pitch bullpen at Fenway Park on his long journey back from a left elbow strain. There were simulated inning breaks and, naturally, what’s next is still to be seen. Facing hitters shouldn’t be too far away, Farrell has suggested.
The Patriots have themselves another "big back" option for 2017.
The Bills announced that they have opted not to match the restricted free agent offer sheet that New England made to Mike Gillislee last week. That means the 5-foot-11, 219-pounder is now a member of the Patriots. Buffalo had until 4 p.m. on Monday to match.
Gillislee was reportedly extended an offer sheet by the Patriots that is worth $6.4 million and $4 million in the first year. The Bills had the cap space to match the offer, but with LeSean McCoy already atop their depth chart, the price tag may have been too rich for them to choose to hold onto the 26-year-old.
Because Gillislee was given the original-round tender by the Bills, the Patriots will send Buffalo a fifth-round pick as compensation. That gives Bill Belichick and Nick Caserio six picks in this weekend's draft: two thirds, a fourth, a fifth, a sixth and a seventh.
Gillislee joins Rex Burkhead, Dion Lewis, James White, Brandon Bolden and DJ Foster on the running back depth chart in New England.