The Patriots re-signed tight Dan Gronkowski Tuesday. Gronkowski, 6-foot-5, 255 pounds, was originally signed by the Patriots on September 7 and played in the first two games before being released on September 23. He is a veteran of two NFL seasons with the Detroit Lions (2009) and the Denver Broncos (2010). Gronkowski originally entered the NFL as a seventh-round draft pick (255th overall) of Detroit in 2009 out of Maryland. He was traded by Detroit to Denver on Sept. 4, 2010. He was released by Denver on Sept. 3.

Following distribution of a CBS screen grab from Sunday's Patriots-Jets game that shows a credentialed Jets employee with a camera on the sideline, the team explained that the employee works for Jets TV filming for team programming. The Patriots also use video on the sideline for shows such as "Patriots All Access."

The NFL tightened up its rule against teams videotaping from the sideline following the Patriots "Spygate" controversy in 2007.

Report Card time, and I have no idea if Wes Welker is the best wide receiver in the NFL. 



The Patriots are set to re-sign tight end Dan Gronkowski, according to the Boston Herald. The brother of New England tight end Rob Gronkowski, he played in two games with the Patriots earlier this season before being released on Sept. 23. The 6-foot-5, 255-pounder is known more as a blocker -- in his 16 games in the NFL, the 26-year-old has caught just nine passes.

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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady would never turn his back on a win, but in the wake of Sunday’s victory against the Jets, he seemed a little peeved at the play of the New England offense.

Coming off a win over their rival, the Patriots have a different challenge this week when they play the Cowboys, and Patriots coach Bill Belichick is making sure his players are up to speed. "Playing a team that you don't know very well, doesn't know you, presents a lot of different challenges," Belichick said Monday afternoon during his weekly interview with WEEI's The Big Show. "Completely different from playing the Jets."

The Patriots announced Monday that offensive lineman Thomas Welch has been released. Welch, a seventh-round draft pick of the Patriots in 2010 out of Vanderbilt, has had two stints on the 53-man roster after starting the season on the practice squad. He was signed from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Sept. 12 prior to the season-opener at Miami and saw his first NFL action against the Dolphins. He was released from the 53-man roster on Sept. 14 and signed to the practice squad the following day. He was signed for the second time to the 53-man roster on Oct.

Patriots lineman Vince Wilfork took many positive from the team's 30-21 win over the Jets and felt that, "It's definitely a step in the right direction," for a defense that has been questioned through the first quarter of the season.

In an interview on WEEI's The Big Show, Wilfork said the emphasis was on limiting big plays, winning first down and getting off the field on third down. "Each week we try to tackle those things," Wilfork said. "Last week was a great week for us. It started Wednesday. Everybody came ready to work."

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning as part of WEEI's Patriots Monday.

Brady ran off the field at the end of the game without shaking hands, and he was shorter than usual in his postgame press conference. He explained that it was a combination of frustration and weariness.

FOXBORO -- He started his professional career as an afterthought, an unassuming, undrafted free agent out of Ole Miss with a funny name. BenJarvus Green-Ellis? What, you couldn’t wedge one more name in there?