Gallery happy to be in New England


Gallery happy to be in New England

FOXBORO -- Offensive lineman Robert Gallery has played both tackle and guard during his eight-year NFL career. Now with the Patriots, that type of versatility could serve him well, especially now, while Logan Mankins and Brian Waters are missing from training camp.

But following Saturday's fully-padded session at Gillette Stadium, Gallery wouldn't divulge into how or where he could be used with this team.

"Wherever they put me, I'm taking those snaps," he said.

Gallery later added, "I'm going to do what coach asks me to do, and all that stuff will play itself out."

On Saturday, Belichick asked Gallery to be the starting left guard, in between left tackle Nate Solder and center Dan Koppen. After three days of training camp, Gallery said he is still happy that he signed with New England in March.

"It's great. I'm excited to be here with this team," said Gallery. "I'm just ready to get things rolling.

"It was just a choice that was made. It seems like a long time ago. I'm just ready to get this camp rolling and to get into the season."

Gallery will turned 32 this month. He was the second-overall pick of the Oakland Raiders in 2004, where he spent seven seasons before signing a three-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks before last season. The Seahawks released him after the first year of that three-year deal, resulting in his signing with the Patriots.

And whether it's at guard or tackle, he's just looking help out.

"I'm just here to work on my skill, and get better every day," said Gallery. "And do what I can do to help the team, and then it'll all be decided once the camp's over."

As for the status of Mankins and Waters, Gallery said he's just worried about himself.

"It doesn't really affect me at all," said Gallery. "I come to work every day, work on what I have to do to get better as a player, and all that stuff will play itself out."

It's official: Patriots nab third-round compensatory pick in Collins trade


It's official: Patriots nab third-round compensatory pick in Collins trade

The Patriots received a conditional fourth-round pick in 2018 from the Browns in return for Jamie Collins. That's how the trade was described on the league's transaction wire. 

The "condition" of that fourth-rounder? Well, if the Browns received a third-round compensatory pick in 2017, the Patriots would nab that pick instead. 

On Friday, the NFL announced that the Browns had in fact been awarded a third-round compensatory pick, which meant that almost three full weeks after Super Bowl LI, everything was still coming up Patriots.

In actuality, the odds were pretty good all along that the Patriots would get what they got

Cleveland lost Pro Bowl center Alex Mack in free agency last offseason when he opted to sign with the Falcons. Because compensatory picks are based on free agents lost and free agents acquired, and because the Browns did not sign any similarly-impactful free agents, there was a good chance Mack's departure would render a third-round comp pick that would be shipped to New England.

Had Mack suffered a significant injury that forced his play to drop off or limited his time on the field, a third-rounder may have been out of the question, but he played well (named a Pro Bowler and a Second Team All-Pro) and stayed healthy -- lucky for the Patriots -- missing just 17 total snaps in the regular season. 

The Browns comp pick that will be sent to New England is No. 103 overall. The Patriots were also awarded a fifth-round comp pick, No. 185 overall. That was a result of the league weighing the departures of Akiem Hicks and Tavon Wilson against the arrival of Shea McClellin.

The Patriots now have nine selections in this year's draft: One first-rounder; one second-rounder; two third-rounders; one fourth-rounder*; two fifth-rounders; two seventh-rounders.

The third-round compensatory pick acquired by the Patriots carries additional value this year in that it is the first year in which compensatory picks can be traded. A near top-100 overall selection may allow the Patriots to move up the draft board or build assets in the middle rounds should they be inclined to deal. And we know they oftentimes are. 

* The Patriots forfeited their highest fourth-round selection in this year's draft as part of their Deflategate punishment. They acquired a fourth-round pick from the Seahawks last year. Because that would have been the higher of their two selections, that's the one they'll lose. They will make their own fourth-round pick at No. 137 overall.

Gronkowski says he has 'no doubt' he'll be ready for start of next season

Gronkowski says he has 'no doubt' he'll be ready for start of next season

When it comes to projecting Rob Gronkowski's health, it's been best to steer clear of absolutes. There have been too many injuries, too many surgeries, to predict exactly how he'll feel months in advance. 

Still, in speaking with ESPN's Cari Champion recently, he said he had "no doubt" he'll be ready for Week 1 of the 2017 regular season. 

"Yes, for sure," he replied when asked if he expected to be good to go. 

Gronkowski also fielded a question about his long-term future in the sit-down. Lately it's been his coach Bill Belichick and his quarterback Tom  Brady who receiver all the life-after-football queries, but Gronkowski, 27, was asked how much longer he'd like to play. 

"I’m not really sure," he said. "I mean, I still love playing the game, and as of right now, I want to play as long as I possibly could play. My mindset is to keep on going."

Gronkowski landed on season-ending injured reserve in December after undergoing a procedure on his back -- his third back surgery since 2009. He's had nine reported surgeries -- including procedures on his knee, forearm and ankle -- since his final year at the University of Arizona.