Gronkowski family: Dan Gronkowski now a Patriot


Gronkowski family: Dan Gronkowski now a Patriot

By Phil Perry

The Patriots may very soon have a whole new appreciation for Mrs. Gronkowski as it looks like their locker room is about to house another one of her sons.

According to tweets from two of Rob Gronkowski's brothers, Glenn and Chris, Dan Gronkowski will join his brother Rob in New England. Dan, also a tight end, was cut last week by the Denver Broncos.

Chris Gronkowski, who was recently picked up by the Colts, tweeted: "Congrats to my bro @DGronko! There will now be two gronks in new England!"

Earlier in the afternoon, Glenn, a football player at Kansas State, tweeted: "@DGronko is officially a New England Patriot! Gronkk bros tearing up NE! unstoppable superbowl SOOOOO HYPED!!!"

Bill Belichick probably isn't all that hyped that the Gronkowski family is breaking news on Twitter before the Patriots have a chance to make an announcement, but there's something about the family that Belichick must appreciate.

Gronkowski, who is four years older than his brother Rob, will help give the Patriots depth at tight end after the team released tight ends Will Yeatman and Lee Smith last week. He played in 12 games with the Broncos last season, catching eight passes for 65 yards.

Patriots place Tre' Jackson on reserve/PUP list


Patriots place Tre' Jackson on reserve/PUP list

The Patriots announced three roster moves on Monday night. Two resulted in players parting ways with the team. The other opened a roster spot without a departure. 

In addition to releasing both defensive tackle Terrance Knighton and center Bryan Stork, the Patriots also placed guard Tre' Jackson on the reserve/physically unable to perform list.

Jackson began training camp on PUP, and he has not practiced with the team since camp kicked off. Now that he is on the reserve/PUP, the second-year player out of Florida State will be forced to miss the first six weeks of the regular season, but he will not count against the active roster during that period. 

Jackson, a fourth-round pick last year, played through knee issues at times as a rookie, seeing action in 13 games and starting in nine. He has been spotted on the practice fields this summer, but he has been limited to warm-ups and conditioning work. 

In his absence, the Patriots still have depth at guard, which may have had something to do with the team's willingness to make Jackson unavailable for almost the first half of the season. Rookie Joe Thuney looks like he will be the starter at left guard, while Josh Kline could be the option at right guard to start the season. Jonathan Cooper and Shaq Mason are dealing with injuries at the moment, but they both returned to the practice field on Monday, and they also have a shot at the right guard job. Rookie sixth-rounder Ted Karras could also factor in as a reserve at either guard or center if he makes the club. 

The Patriots currently have 80 players on the active roster and need to reduce that number to 75 by 4 p.m. on Tuesday.