Gronkowski excited to play with older brother


Gronkowski excited to play with older brother

By Danny Picard Staff Reporter Follow @dannypicard
FOXBORO --Rob Gronkowski didnt have to give his older brother, Dan, alecture on how business goes down in New England.

Dan already knows.

Hes been here for a couple hours, so I think hes got thatdown, said Rob on Wednesday at Gillette Stadium.

The Patriots announced the signing of Dan on Wednesday, andwhile he was too busy trying to catch up on his Week 1 preparations to talk tothe media during his first day in New England, his younger brother Robdiscussed his excitement for his teams newest addition.

You get excited, definitely, said Rob. Its a familymember. Im grateful to have my brothers in the league. And when it comes downto it, when you get a brother on the same team, I mean, thats awesome.

It was already a dream come true that he was in the NFL,but at the same time, to have him on your team, its awesome to have someonethere for a lot more support.

Like Rob, Dan is a tight end. Hes four years older thanRob and is enteringhis third year in the league, but he has actually played in less NFL games than Rob, who is in his second season.

For those unfamiliar with the former Detroit Lions andDenver Broncos tight end, Rob gave a scouting report on his older brother.

Hes just a hard worker, said Rob. Wherever he is, hesjust always working hard, in the weight room, on the field, off the fieldstudying. Hes just going to be a hard worker, trying to get down all the playsright away.

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Report: Patriots, Gronkowski restructure contract for 2017 season

Report: Patriots, Gronkowski restructure contract for 2017 season

The Patriots and Rob Gronkowski have restructured the tight end’s contract for the coming season, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. 

The reworked deal can bump Gronkowski’s salary for the 2017 season from $5.25 million to $10.75 million, according to Schefter. 

Gronkowski was limited by injury to just eight games last season. He had 25 receptions for 540 yards and three touchdowns, all of which were career lows. 

The 28-year-old is entering his eighth NFL season since being selected by the Pats in the second round of the 2010 draft. He has played played in at least 15 regular-season games in four of his first seven season, though he’s twice played fewer than 10. 

Brandin Cooks ready to bring back arrow celebration after NFL rule change

Brandin Cooks ready to bring back arrow celebration after NFL rule change

Tuesday’s announcement from Roger Goodell that the NFL is “relaxing” its rules on celebrations is good news for at least one Patriot. 

That would be Brandin Cooks, who began celebrating the rule change on Twitter not long after the league made its announcement. 

Cooks, whom the Patriots acquired from the Saints this offseason in a trade that sent first and third-round picks to New Orleans, lost his favorite celebration last season when it was made clear that miming archery was off-limits. Josh Norman was fined $10,000 last season for such a celebration. 

Following Norman’s fine, Cooks lamented the league’s decision to punish what Cooks had previously done in reference to a Bible verse (Psalms 144:6). 

"Send forth lightning and scatter your enemy, and shoot your arrows and rout them," Cooks told the New Orleans Advocate. "I just remember it sticking with me for such a long time, I remember thinking, maybe I can do something with this."

Added Cooks: ”I’ve been doing it for three years now, and there was never a complaint about it. Now, all of a sudden, there is. It just reminds me that, it's almost as if they try to take so much away from us, but for something like this, that means so much to someone that has nothing to do with violence, it's frustrating. I'll definitely continue to speak my opinion about it, and if they have a problem with it, so be it."

When Tuesday’s news emerged, Cooks and former Saints teammate Mark Ingram were quick to react.