EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ -- Giants coach Tom Coughlin met with the media following practice on Thursday and was asked about the problems presented by Rob Gronkowski. The 6'6, 265-pound tight end caught eight passes for 101 yards and a TD in the regular-season contest between the Patriots and Giants.
"Get a ladder, probably," Coughlin joked when asked how the undersized cornerbacks of the Giants could contain Gronkowski. "This is a very gifted tight end and there's two of them, as you know. He's had an outstanding career and rewritten some of the record books along the way and has done a very good job of making the big-play catch as well. He's become someone that Brady looks to go in certain areas of the field as well, certainly in the red zone."
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FOXBORO -- The Patriots practice report for Thursday was the same as the "projected" report that was released on Wednesday, with tight end Rob Gronkowski being the only member of the 53-man roster who did not practice. Here's the complete rundown.
Did Not Practice
TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle)
WR Deion Branch (knee)
OT Marcus Cannon (ankle)
S Patrick Chung (knee)
LB Dane Fletcher (thumb)
S James Ihedigbo (shoulder)
DL Kyle Love (ankle)
G Logan Mankins (knee)
LB Rob Ninkovich (hip)
LB Brandon Spikes (knee)
OT Sebastian Vollmer (back/foot)
WR Wes Welker (knee)
LB Tracy White (abdomen)
C Dan Connolly (groin)
WR Matthew Slater (shoulder)
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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ -- Former Boston College All-American and current Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich spoke to the media at his locker after practice Thursday. Herzlich, a cancer survivor, was asked about his journey to Super Bowl XLVI.
"Two years ago I was in a hospital chair getting chemo, so it's a big turnaround," Herzlich said. "It was about keeping a dream alive, and this was always the dream. To maybe play in a Super Bowl, it's unreal. It was really about never being satisfied with what I was told wasn't possible. It's cool, because it's the same mentality our team has. Everybody in this room truly believed we could make it here and now truly believes we can win."
Herzlich was inactive for the NFC championship game, but said that his injured ankle is "fine" and would be ready to play in the Super Bowl if the Giants decide to use a roster spot on the rookie, who had 12 tackles as a linebacker...
The Red Sox made the signing of outfielder Cody Ross official on Thursday and announced that they have designated reliever Scott Atchison for assignment in order to make room for Ross on the 40 man roster.
Atchison, 35, made 17 appearances for the Red Sox last season, posting a 3.26 earned run average in 30 1/3 innings with a 1-0 record.
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According to Buster Olney of ESPN, the Red Sox have offered free agent starting pitcher Roy Oswalt a one-year deal worth "about $5 million" and "seem to be in the same position with Edwin Jackson."
Oswalt, 34, made 23 starts for the Phillies last season, going 9-10 with a 3.69 earned run average and 93 strikeouts. He had a 2.93 ERA and 193 strikeouts in the previous season between Houston and Philadelphia.
Jackson, 28, tossed 199 2/3 innings last season between the White Sox and the Cardinals and posted a 3.79 ERA with 148 strikeouts. He has played for five teams since the start of the 2008 season.
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Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Mut is flying solo the last hour, but he's giving reaction and analysis as the Celtics draft a power forward out of France by the name of Guerschon Yabusele and getting some early grades for the Celtics
Mut and Kirk are talking more about the Celtics pick of Jaylen Brown and can't seem to find anyone who thinks it's a good pick or can make a case for why the Celtics took him third overall.
Eduardo Rodriguez and the Sox stumbled in their 13-7 loss to the Rays. Mut recaps the game and takes your calls on all things Boston baseball.
Christian recaps the Red Sox 6-2 loss to the Rangers.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
The guys finish the show bantering about Max Kellerman apparently getting the Skip Bayless job, Iceland's win over England in the Euro 2016, and Caitlyn Jenner on SI
Texas Rangers sideline reporter Emily Jones likes getting doused by Gatorade. A D&C caller accuses the guys of being sexist in their analysis, which leads to a debate of the hottest sideline reporters in sports.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk discuss Tuesday's Dale and Holley show which feature some measure of tension during the interview with John Farrell and during a Rick Porcello debate
The Red Sox needed a big start from a pitcher, and Porcello delivered. Glenn and Lou talk about last night’s win in Tampa and discuss what ERod needs to do while down in Triple A.
David Price is on the mound this afternoon in Tampa, but after last outing’s terrible performance, the pressure is on for him to perform. Glenn and Lou discuss Price and his need to take over a game.
Red Sox GM Mike Hazen joins Glenn and Lou to talk about what went into sending ERod down to Pawtucket, and what the trade market looks like at this point in the season.
Inspired by the tease of being great that Eduardo Rodriguez showed us in the past, we look at four other Sox players that had similar teases.
We close out Dale and Holley with the best soundbites of the day.
Former Celtics General Manager Jan Volk joins Kirk Minihane for a discussion that any Celtics fan will love. Kirk and Jan talk about the legendary 85/86 Celtics and how the team was constructed and of course the decision to draft Len Bias and his tragic death.
Kirk Minihane sits down with John Tomase to talk about the current political landscape, John's desire to write about social issues, and of course Spygate is discussed.
Kirk Minihane is joined by one of his radio heroes, Artie Lange. They discuss everything from Artie's comedy career, his time with Howard Stern, his issues with drugs and prostitutes, and the comedy show to benefit slain Officer Ronald Tarentino Jr.
Jerry Thornton and "Uncle Buck" Adam Cormack break down the greatest season finale of all-time, the season 6 finale of Game of Thrones. Jerry and Uncle Buck debate if this season was the greatest season in television history.
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