Bryan Stork

Bryan Stork

A strange situation just got even stranger.

Early Wednesday morning center Bryan Stork was reportedly informed of his release from the Patriots. Then, according to the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe, word got out and the Redskins called the Patriots about a trade as the move hadn’t been official, and if he was just released any team in the league could have claimed him.

The Patriots then reportedly agreed to trade him to the Redskins for a conditional seventh-round pick, but that’s when things got even stranger.

According to multiple reports, Stork is now considering retiring. If that is the case, of course the trade would be nixed.

Stork is 25 years old and he’s had at least a concussion every year since his senior year at Florida State.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

FOXBORO — Rob Gronkowski returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since pulling up with an apparent lower body injury Aug. 15 against the Bears.

Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski

FOXBORO — Rob Gronkowski returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since pulling up with an apparent lower body injury Aug. 15 against the Bears.

The Patriots star tight end went through individual football drills after stretching with the team, the first time he’s been cleared to do that since going out on a sideline route and pulling up lame when going up for a pass from Tom Brady.

Before practice, Gronkowski had some fun on social media, taking a jab at the Cowboys for lifting the “Do Your Job” credo from the Patriots of 2014. He tweeted, “Hmm, the Cowboys’ new slogan sounds familiar … What are your thoughts??? #DoYourJobGate.

The Patriots worked out in shorts and shells on the upper grass fields outside Gillette Stadium.

Among those missing were Shaq Mason, Jonathan Cooper, Alan Branch, Dion Lewis and Sebastian Vollmer.

Danny Amendola was again on hand for stretching but not with a helmet or shoulder shells, like the rest of the team, as he remains on the PUP list.

Amendola joined a group of Patriots that stretched and then went down the hill to the lower field to continue their work, separate from the team. Joining Amendola on the lower field were Malcolm Mitchell, Shea McClellin, Jabaal Sheard and Tre’ Jackson.

There was a special guest on hand as rock star Jon Bon Jovi attended practice and chatted with Patriots owner Robert Kraft during the media portion of practice. Bon Jovi’s music was playing on the speakers during stretching.

Bon Jovi’s former Arena League team, the Philadelphia Soul will battle the Arizona Rattlers this Friday in Arena Bowl XXIX at the same time Bill Belichick’s Patriots will play the Carolina Panthers in the third preseason game.

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia

FOXBORO — The Bryan Stork story has taken a turn.

It turns out, the Patriots did not cut him — instead, they have dealt the center to the Redskins for a conditional draft pick, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.

FOXBORO — The Bryan Stork story has taken a turn.

It turns out, the Patriots did not cut him — instead, they have dealt the center to the Redskins for a conditional draft pick, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.

The 25-year-old Stork was a fourth-round pick out of Florida State in 2014. The 6-foot-4, 314-pounder had struggled with injuries over the last year-plus — he started just six games in 2015, and was on and off the field over the course of the summer during training camp.

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Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

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FOXBORO — The bond between Jimmy Garoppolo and Tom Brady appears to be very solid, at least according to quarterback who will be filling in for Brady for the first four games.

The intensity picked up in a big way on the practice field Monday. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

The competition has been healthy in camp between Jimmy Garoppolo (left) and Tom Brady. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — The bond between Jimmy Garoppolo and Tom Brady appears to be very solid, at least according to quarterback who will be filling in for Brady for the first four games.

Garoppolo was asked Wednesday, in his final preparations for Carolina Friday night, whether Brady has comforted him and told him not to look over his shoulder while he’s taking over the starting quarterback job through Week 4.

“We have a ton of conversations, day in and day out,” Garoppolo said. “We’re together 24/7, but he’s been helpful this whole way. Whether it’s encouragement, helping me with little things here and there, he’s been nothing but helpful and I thank him for that.”

These are not just unchartered waters for Brady (as Chris Price pointed out), this is also a very delicate spot for Garoppolo, trying to show leadership of the offense while not overstepping his personal reach with a lot of the veterans who know and respect No. 12. That’s something Garoppolo also acknowledged Wednesday.

“It’s a tough situation at times, but you can’t worry about that too much,” Garoppolo said. “It’s one of those things where if you start worrying about that, then you can’t focus on whatever it is – your reads, your checks, whatever it may be. You just have to go about your business the same way you always have. I’m not trying to do something crazy and do something I’ve never done before, I’m trying to be myself and do what I do.”

Garoppolo is coming off a very solid second quarter against the Bears last Thursday, completing 16-of-21 passes for 181 yards and a touchdown to AJ Derby. He also engineered a two-minute drive at the end of the first half that showed poise and command, something he might not have been able to do as smoothly a year ago.

“We got a nice rhythm. I think that was a big part of it, just getting the drive started and everything,” Garoppolo said. “The pockets were very clean in that two-minute drive, the [offensive] line did a great job blocking and that always makes it easier. It was a good rhythm that we got into and things worked out well.

“I think part of that comes with just learning the offense overall. Year after year, you’re going to be more comfortable in the system, whatever it may be. I think I’m progressing the right way. There’s obviously a long way to go, you always want to be as precise and decisive as you can be, but I think I’m working in the right direction.

So far, Garoppolo is 27-for-39 for 349 yards, one touchdown, no interceptions and a QB rating of 105.6.

“I just kind of go about my business the same as always,” Garoppolo said. “I’ve prepared like this for the last two years, so I think that’s a big stepping stone for me and definitely helped out. It is what it is; it’s football at the end of the day. You’ve got to go out there and play, study and prepare as you always have and good things will happen.”

Might Garoppolo reach a point in the preseason where things will click and he’ll know he’s ready for the season?

“It could be, could not, I’m not sure,” he said. “I’m just preparing as if I always have. I’m getting ready for the Panthers right now and after that, we’ll just progress the same way we always have. Just take it one game at a time. If you look too far ahead, you’ll get yourself in some trouble and it never ends good.”

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia

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FOXBORO — Wednesday was a harsh reminder to Jimmy Garoppolo of the business of football.

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Jimmy Garoppolo speaks Wednesday on the release of Bryan Stork. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

FOXBORO — Wednesday was a harsh reminder to Jimmy Garoppolo of the business of football.

Center Bryan Stork was released by the Patriots. Stork, in his third season out of Florida State, came into the NFL the same year as the Patriots quarterback. Garoppolo was taken in the second round of the 2014 draft while Stork was taken two rounds later.

The two naturally developed a bond in and out of the Patriots locker room.

“It’s tough. It’s that time of year,” Garoppolo said. “There’s a lot of movement between teams and players and everything. It’s tough to see one of your guys go like that. That’s the business I guess.”

Garoppolo had a chance to play with Stork in the preseason, during the 41-14 loss to the Chiefs in Week 4 of 2014 and in the season finale against the Bills at Gillette in the ’14 season finale.

Now, Garoppolo must move onto the next part of his job, working with David Andrews.

“David, he’s been doing a great job this camp,” Garoppolo said. “The whole O-line, it’s a good group of guys. No one gets mixed and matched more than those guys do. So, to be able to able to work with different people next to you all the time and everything like that. You’re getting adjusted to them, they’re getting adjusted to you, it’s really a credit to those guys up front. They all just handle it very well.”

What makes Garoppolo appreciate the job of an NFL center?

“The calls are a big part of it,” Garoppolo said. “But all the way across the board, on the whole O-line, it’s tough to play any one of those positions. There’s a lot of communication that just an average fan sitting in the stands probably won’t see because the trenches down there is tight quarters. There’s a lot of communication between those guys. In the blink of an eye, the whole play could change for them. So, those guys are doing a tremendous job for us. Hopefully, they keep it going.”

Now, it’s Andrews, Josh Kline and rookie Ted Karras who figure to hold down the center position to start this season. All three can take charge.

“Yeah, but it’s not only the center, though. We have different leaders in all positions, and I think that’s a good thing about our team and our locker room,” Garoppolo said. “There’s leaders all over the place. People lead by example. There’s different ways to lead. Everyone has their own style of doing it.”

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia
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Jimmy Garoppolo speaks Wednesday on the release of Bryan Stork. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

FOXBORO — Wednesday was a harsh reminder to Jimmy Garoppolo of the business of football.

Center Bryan Stork was released by the Patriots. Stork, in his third season out of Florida State, came into the NFL the same year as the Patriots quarterback. Garoppolo was taken in the second round of the 2014 draft while Stork was taken two rounds later.

The two naturally developed a bond in and out of the Patriots locker room.

“It’s tough. It’s that time of year,” Garoppolo said. “There’s a lot of movement between teams and players and everything. It’s tough to see one of your guys go like that. That’s the business I guess.”

Garoppolo had a chance to play with Stork in the preseason, during the 41-14 loss to the Chiefs in Week 4 of 2014 and in the season finale against the Bills at Gillette in the ’14 season finale.

Now, Garoppolo must move onto the next part of his job, working with David Andrews.

“David, he’s been doing a great job this camp,” Garoppolo said. “The whole O-line, it’s a good group of guys. No one gets mixed and matched more than those guys do. So, to be able to able to work with different people next to you all the time and everything like that. You’re getting adjusted to them, they’re getting adjusted to you, it’s really a credit to those guys up front. They all just handle it very well.”

What makes Garoppolo appreciate the job of an NFL center?

“The calls are a big part of it,” Garoppolo said. “But all the way across the board, on the whole O-line, it’s tough to play any one of those positions. There’s a lot of communication that just an average fan sitting in the stands probably won’t see because the trenches down there is tight quarters. There’s a lot of communication between those guys. In the blink of an eye, the whole play could change for them. So, those guys are doing a tremendous job for us. Hopefully, they keep it going.”

Now, it’s Andrews, Josh Kline and rookie Ted Karras who figure to hold down the center position to start this season. All three can take charge.

“Yeah, but it’s not only the center, though. We have different leaders in all positions, and I think that’s a good thing about our team and our locker room,” Garoppolo said. “There’s leaders all over the place. People lead by example. There’s different ways to lead. Everyone has their own style of doing it.”

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia