Patriots sign safety Quarles to practice squad; Silvestro released

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Patriots sign safety Quarles to practice squad; Silvestro released

The Patriots announced today that they have signed rookie safety Cyhl Quarles to the practice squad. In a corresponding move, tight end Alex Silvestro has been released from the practice squad.

Quarles was signed as a rookie free agent by the Ravens and was released on Aug. 31. In his career at Wake Forest he had 239 tackles, two picks and two forced fumbles.

Silvestro made headlines last year when he was moved to the active roster the day before Super Bowl XLVI. (Tiquan Underwood was cut in order to make room.) Back then he was a defensive end. This season Silvestro was moved to tight end. Though he wasn't the most sure-handed player at the position, he worked to make the switch and was rewarded with a touchdown catch in New England's preseason game against the Eagles.

NFL Scouting Combine preview: Defensive linemen

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Rob Gronkowski appears to thoroughly enjoy himself at Daytona 500

Rob Gronkowski appears to thoroughly enjoy himself at Daytona 500

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski attended the Dayton 500 in true Gronkowski form.

He appeared to be there promoting Monster Energy drink, and was therefore hanging with the Monster Girls, who were also promoting the drink. Gronkowski's herniated disc injury, which required surgery in December 2016, does not seem to be slowing him down as he gets warmed up for the Summer of Gronk.

During the race coverage on FOX Sports, Gronk delivered a speed limit joke, which is sure to make the 13-year-old in you chuckle. (You can watch it here.)

[H/T NESN.com]