Belichick praises Gronkowski's blocking skills


Belichick praises Gronkowski's blocking skills

By Danny Picard Staff Reporter Follow @dannypicard
FOXBORO --Like Tom Brady, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski finishedSundays win with his lowest totals of the season.

Gronkowski finished the game with only one reception for 15yards and zero touchdowns.

Still, Patriots coach Bill Belichick had nothing but goodthings to say about his tight end, especially noting Gronkowski's blocking skills.

Thats one of the great things about Rob, he really likesto block, said Belichick, while comparing him to an offensive lineman. Asmuch as he gets excited about his touchdown catches and his spikes and allthat, he really enjoys blocking. When he makes a good block, he takes a lot ofpride in that.

And hes a good blocker. Hes long, so hes got those longarms, he can tie up those longer outside linebackers and defensive ends. Buthes also a real strong guy. Hes got good power, and hes able to get movingat the point of attack."

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Patriots release camp dates; open practices begin July 27

Patriots release camp dates; open practices begin July 27

Football is coming.

The Patriots announced on Thursday that veterans will report to training camp on Wednesday, July 26 and that the first public practice will take place the following day.

Each of the team's first four practices -- from July 27-30 -- are scheduled to take place on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium "in the nine o'clock hour," according to the Patriots. Updates to the training camp schedule, including more specific start times for practices, can be found at

The Patriots Hall of Fame will hold its induction ceremony for former corner Raymond Clayborn on Saturday, July 29 around midday following that morning's training camp practice. Held on the plaza outside the Hall at Patriot Place, the ceremony will be free and open to the public.

The Patriots will host the Jaguars for two days of joint practices open to the public on Monday, Aug. 7 and Tuesday, Aug. 8. The preseason opener for both clubs will take place at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 10.