When the New England Patriots assemble for the first time since their defeat in Super Bowl LII, they might do so without one of their biggest stars. According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, tight end Rob Gronkowski doesn’t currently plan to participate in the team’s voluntary offseason conditioning program set to begin Monday.
Bryant is a free agent for the first time in his eight-year NFL career after being released by the Dallas Cowboys on Friday.
The 29-year-old Bryant started all 16 games last season for the first time since 2014. He led the Cowboys with 69 receptions, 838 yards and six touchdowns.
The flag-football gathering took place across the parking lot where the three life-size statues of Florida’s Heisman winners stand side-by-side outside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium: Steve Spurrier, Tebow and Wuerffel.
Spurrier, a 1960s star who later returned as Gators head coach, found a perfect muse in Wuerffel to operate his Fun ’N Gun offense. Between 1993 and ’96, Wuerffel set multiple school, SEC and national passing records. The Gators won four straight SEC titles.
Wuerffel also did something Spurrier could never accomplish — he brought a national title home to the Swamp.
Gronkowski has been working out at Tom Brady‘s Sports Therapy Center, but even that has been rife with controversy.
Should UTEP’s Will Hernandez and/or Ohio State’s Billy Price slide, either guard would be a good value for Dallas in Round 2. The same goes for the draft’s top two tight ends, South Dakota State’s Dallas Goedert and South Carolina’s Hayden Hurst. At that latter position, at pick No. 81, Penn State’s Mike Gesicki or Oklahoma’s Mark Andrews would be a fine choice.
In the event Payne, Hurst or Bryan don’t get the call from the Cowboys on the first day, Dallas is better off waiting until the third day to address defensive tackle. For now, a tight end-linebacker combination is most likely here.
Poona Ford, DT, Texas: Ford was not invited to the NFL Combine because he was undersized (5-11, 303 pounds) for his pro position. But he’s relentless against the run with his powerful lower frame.