Grading the replacement referees after Week 1

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Grading the replacement referees after Week 1

Last year around this time, a lot of the referees you're seeing now during NFL games were reffing minor college games and even some high school games.

As you can imagine, nobody expects perfection out of them. The mistakes have been talked about and criticized by many, but on Sunday during the Pats-Titans game, there weren't many big errors.

Michael Holley gave them a B to a B-plus, while Tom E. Curran and Ron Borges weren't as kind.

Either way, it doesn't appear as if these refs were part of the story on Sunday -- a good thing.

Belichick: Gronkowski 'doesn't have any limits that I know of'

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Belichick: Gronkowski 'doesn't have any limits that I know of'

FOXBORO -- Rob Gronkowski's health is one of the lone obvious concerns facing the Patriots as they begin training camp this week, but even that doesn't seem to be much of an issue at the moment. 

Asked about Gronkowski on Thursday, Bill Belichick said that the tight end "doesn't have any limits that I know of." 

Gronkowski had season-ending back surgery -- his third such procedure -- after taking part in just seven plays during a Week 12 win over the Jets. The Patriots got by with Martellus Bennett and Matt Lengel as their top two tight ends for the remainder of the season.

Belichick's most recent comments don't come as a major shock since Gronkowski participated fully during OTAs, but they are an indication that even when pads are introduced later in camp, Gronkowski will be prepared to take part in contact drills. 

Any time the words "Gronkowski" and "full participant" happen to appear in the same sentence -- as it appears they will early in camp -- that's obviously very good news for the Patriots.