Rob Gronkowski said he will be ready for Week 1 in 2017. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)

Rob Gronkowski said he will be ready for Week 1 in 2017. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)

Last season wasn’t the greatest for Rob Gronkowski.

The tight end played just eight games due to hamstring and back injuries and his season ended the first week of December when he needed back surgery and was placed on injured reserve.

By all accounts the surgery went well and he’s been seen in videos rehabbing hard. He also was in Houston the week of the Super Bowl.

Some have already wondered if Gronkowski will be ready for the start of next season and if the Patriots will be extra cautious with him. Speaking with ESPN’s Cari Champion, Gronkowski claims he will be ready for the start of the season.

“Yes, for sure,” Gronkowski said. “No doubt.”

Gronkowski will be 28 next season and is signed through 2019, but how long will his career last?

“I’m not really sure,” he said. “I mean, I still love playing the game, and as of right now, I want to play as long as I possibly could play. My mindset is to keep on going.”

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Ryan Hannable

Skip Bayless is full of hot takes, and usually ones that are insane, but his take Thursday on FS1’s “Undisputed” with Shannon Sharpe may have

FS1's Skip Bayless said Bill Belichick isn't a great coach. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

FS1’s Skip Bayless said Bill Belichick isn’t a great coach. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Skip Bayless is full of hot takes, and usually ones that are insane, but his take Thursday on FS1’s “Undisputed” with Shannon Sharpe may have outdid them all.

According to Bayless, Belichick isn’t a great coach.

Sharpe and Bayless were debating if Patriots owner Robert Kraft needed to choose between Tom Brady and Belichick, who would he choose?

“If I’m Bob Kraft, that’s a laughable question to me, because I’m picking the quarterback,” Bayless said. “If it’s just two years from now, and Tom says he can play three more, I am picking the quarterback. I’ll go find another coach.”

Sharpe challenged Bayless saying great coaches don’t grow on trees and that was when Bayless doubled down.

“I don’t think he’s a great coach,” Bayless said. “I think he’s a very good one. All I know is that in his first six years of head coaching, he had five losing seasons before Tom Brady fell out of the sky and into his lap. And by the way, in that year of 2001, with Bill Belichick as the head coach, he had fallen to 0-2 and I know various assistants on his staff were ready to put their house on the market because they all thought they were going to get fired after they went 5-11 the previous year … if he’s an all-time great coach, he would have been better than he was in Cleveland. Tom Brady saved his job and turned around his career.”

Normally, Bayless doesn’t deserve any attention, but this was so bad it needed to be shared.

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Ryan Hannable

Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady are arguably the two best quarterbacks in the league, but Rodgers may have conceded Brady is a little better than he is.

Aaron Rodgers praised Tom Brady after Super Bowl LI. (Chris Humphreys/USA Today Sports)

Aaron Rodgers praised Tom Brady after Super Bowl LI. (Chris Humphreys/USA Today Sports)

Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady are arguably the two best quarterbacks in the league, but Rodgers may have conceded Brady is a little better than he is.

Speaking with Graham Bensinger for “In Depth with Graham” at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am earlier this month, Rodgers said Brady didn’t need the win in Super Bowl LI to prove he is the greatest of all-time.

“From a fan’s perspective, what a great game to watch and to see Tom and his greatness on display one more time,” Rodgers said. “I mean, he didn’t need to win that to prove that he’s the G.O.A.T., but just another part of his legacy there.”

The Packers quarterback watched the game and said he felt bad for Matt Ryan and the Falcons.

“Fantastic Super Bowl,” Rodgers said. “I felt bad for Matt. Getting to know him over the years, he is a fantastic guy; he had an incredible MVP season and sitting there 28-3 I think everybody watching and probably at the game was thinking ‘Atlanta’s gonna get their ring sized up here pretty soon.’ So that was disappointing.”

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Ryan Hannable

Count Mike Lombardi in the camp of the Patriots shouldn’t trade Jimmy Garoppolo.

Why does Lombardi’s opinion matter that much?

Mike Lombardi doesn't think the Patriots should trade Jimmy Garoppolo. (Troy Taormina/USA Today Sports)

Mike Lombardi doesn’t think the Patriots should trade Jimmy Garoppolo. (Troy Taormina/USA Today Sports)

Count Mike Lombardi in the camp of the Patriots shouldn’t trade Jimmy Garoppolo.

Why does Lombardi’s opinion matter that much?

Well, he spent multiple years working under Bill Belichick in New England as an executive and may know Belichick better than anyone else in the media.

Appearing on The Ringer’s “NFL Show” podcast, Lombardi went into why the Patriots shouldn’t trade Garoppolo, and discussed what happened in the 2014 NFL draft when the Patriots drafted him.

“Now, we were in the draft room,” Lombardi said. “We thought Houston was going to pick [Garoppolo] with their high pick in the second round. Instead, they picked that guard from UCLA [Xavier Su’a-Filo]. What a sigh of relief that was. If Houston turns in Garoppolo’s name instead of the guard from UCLA, it’s a whole different ballgame. I’m telling you. People can say, ‘Oh don’t,’ I’m telling you, he’s worth — he’s worth the Patriots to hold onto him.

“If I was in New England, I would be telling Belichick every day there’s no way we can trade him. I know you’ve got Brady. But Brady is 40 years old. We don’t know where that’s going. There’s no history that says Brady’s going to be great.”

Lombardi also said how good Garoppolo is, and made sure to add he’s not “shilling” for Belichick.

“He wasn’t going to get annihilated,” Lombardi said. “The guy was too good. He was too good of a player. I’ve watched this guy practice and play for too many practices. This guy is a good player. I’m not shilling for Belichick. I’m not trying to get him more of a draft pick, because look, I know this player. This player is really good.”

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Ryan Hannable

Tom Brady and his family are enjoying the first few weeks of the offseason by skiing.

Earlier this week Brady posted a video of his daughter Vivian skiing and then Thursday morning, he posted a video of himself going over a ski jump with the caption: If you french fry when you’re supposed to pizza, you’re gonna have a bad time! Trust me!!!

Tom Brady and his family are enjoying the first few weeks of the offseason by skiing.

Earlier this week Brady posted a video of his daughter Vivian skiing and then Thursday morning, he posted a video of himself going over a ski jump with the caption: If you french fry when you’re supposed to pizza, you’re gonna have a bad time! Trust me!!!

Here is the video.

If you french fry when you’re supposed to pizza, you’re gonna have a bad time! Trust me!!!

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Signing Dont'a Hightower to an extension may be the Patriots' best option to keeping him. (Matthew Emmons/USA Today Sports)The Patriots have a decision to make when it comes to Dont'a Hightower by March 1.