Gronkowski nabs HR derby title, ESPN magazine cover


Gronkowski nabs HR derby title, ESPN magazine cover

It might be easier at this point to chronicle what Rob Gronkowski hasn't done this summer.

This week New England's top tight end added two more highlights to his offseason resume: Triple-A celebrity Home Run Derby and The Mag cover model. Might as well get it all in now; Patriots training camp is less than three weeks away.

Gronkowski mashed 17 home runs in two rounds of the Buffalo, New York derby. After starting slow -- hitting just five in round one -- he finished in dramatic fashion by hitting the final 12 when the pressure was on.

He crushed one ball beyond the 325-foot outfield fence. Gronk smash, indeed.

Second place finisher Russ Brandon, CEO for the Buffalo Bills, didn't threaten the title too seriously with just seven home runs. He gave Gronkowski a gracious nod Tuesday morning via Twitter.

Congrats again to @robgronkowski on the W.Great guy and a great ambassador for Buffalo. Russ Brandon (@RussBrandon) July 10, 2012

As for the magazine cover, Gronkowski graces the front of ESPN The Magazine's infamous "Body Issue." This means he's naked -- all but for a large, strategically-placed dot.

I'll let you look that one up for yourselves.

Patriots re-sign 2016 practice-squad receiver DeAndrew White


Patriots re-sign 2016 practice-squad receiver DeAndrew White

The Patriots announced today that they re-signed receiver DeAndrew White to help fill out their 90-man roster. White was a staple on New England's practice squad in 2016, signing on in mid-September and remaining with the club through its Super Bowl run.

Signed as an undrafted free agent out of Alabama in 2015, White made the 49ers roster out of training camp and played in four games, finishing with two catches for 18 yards. The 6-foot, 192-pounder also returned six kicks for 142 yards and returned one punt for 4 yards that year. 

The Patriots are as deep at receiver as they've ever been, it seems. White will slot in on the depth chart behind Brandin Cooks, Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell and Danny Amendola. The team has a handful of long-shots at the position who could be ultimately competing for a shot to make the practice squad, including second-year player Devin Lucien and undrafted rookies Austin Carr and Cody Hollister.