Gronkowski not caught up in Buffalo homecoming

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Gronkowski not caught up in Buffalo homecoming

FOXBORO -- A game in Buffalo, New York, means a homecoming of sorts for Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. The 23-year old was born in Amherst and grew up in Williamsville, about a 20-minute drive from Buffalo.
Gronkowski is appropriately excited to make the trip.
"It's great going back, right where you grew up and played in front of all your friends and family and everything," he said Friday. "It's my third time going up there and doing this. It's a cool experience and I'm definitely looking forward to the game and seeing my family and stuff."
How about that 'stuff'? The weather could be unkind outside the warm confines of Gronkowski's family circle.
How do Bills fans handle it? Does the home crowd look past the Patriots jersey to welcome back a native son?
"I'm not really sure about that," the big tight end said, caution playing at the corners of his mouth. "I mean, I just go out there and play the game. And I just know they're always cheering against our team, so I'm just not really focused on that either. I'm really focused on going, doing my job and playing against the Bills. Just really focused on their defense."
It seems he enjoys the challenge.
In four regular season games against the Bills, Gronkowski has amassed 314 yards and 7 touchdowns on 22 catches. 217 of those yards came last year alone.
When asked if he likes to show off in front of Buffalo, he had to quickly stifle a grin.
"I mean, it's always good to go back to your hometown and have a good game But you take every game and focus on every game to do well, to go out there and play well," Gronkowski said. "So we'll see what happens this game. They're a good, tough defense so we've got to go out ready to fight."

Kraft won't hold a grudge over Deflategate, but he also won't forget it

Kraft won't hold a grudge over Deflategate, but he also won't forget it

Haters gonna hate. Robert Kraft knows that, and he's not going to hold a grudge because of it. But he won't forget, either.

The New England Patriots owner appeared on the latest episode of HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" for an interview with Andrea Kremer that aired Tuesday night, and he was as candid as any member of the organization has been throughout the Deflategate saga.

“I really don’t hold grudges,” Kraft admitted in the interview, per WEEI. “I mean, I remember everything, but I move on . . . Envy and jealousy are incurable diseases. The haters still hate. And I understand it, and we’ll do our best to keep them in that position.”

And while Kraft isn't holding grudges, he still recognizes the negative impact the controversy left on Tom Brady's pristine reputation.

“He’s just not the greatest quarterback in the history of the NFL,” Kraft began. “He’s an amazing human being. And is genuine. And as nice as everybody thinks he is, he’s nicer. And to see anyone attack him as an individual or his integrity. And that just wasn’t fair.”

Bennett says he is 'just chilling' and hasn't given free agency 'a ton of thought'

Bennett says he is 'just chilling' and hasn't given free agency 'a ton of thought'

Will Martellus Bennett be back with the Patriots next season?

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says it's "a real possibility" Bennett leaves given the asking price and potential offers.

Less than an hour later, the unrestricted free agent sent out a tweet responding to speculation about his future.

Bennett, who will 30 years old in March, had seven touchdowns in 19 games in his first season with the New England Patriots.