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.
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Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
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Drew Pomeranz looked stronger in his second Red Sox start but the offense wasn't there to back him up tonight. Mut recaps the 4-2 loss to the Tigers. Thoughts on the manager, the bullpen, and your Sox calls as well.
Joe Castiglione & Tim Neverett talked to the new Sox reliever, who got his first save for the team today against the Twins.
Christian recaps the Sox 2-1 loss to the Twins. Eduardo Rodriguez had a good showing tonight but couldn't get the run support needed to secure a W. Thoughts on all of that as well as your calls on Red Sox Review.
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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.
John, Gerry and Bradfo discuss a rare political stance by Michael Jordan, and the ensuing criticism he received from ESPN talking head Kevin Blackistone. A Black Lives Matter discussion ensues.
Rob Bradford is thrust into 'Headlines' duty by John Dennis, and Bradfo does his best to spin a few entertaining news yarns.
Rob Bradford is in studio with Dino and Gerry to discuss Red Sox trade possibilities and to throw cold water on Chris Sale trade chances.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian examine the blow-back Michael Jordan is receiving for donating to both sides of the Police violence divide. OMF thinks he did the right thing.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian try to decide if Chris Sale is "Winning-obsessed" or "Fatal Attraction level crazy." But you still want him, right?
Lou doesn't want to make a big deal, or give up big time prospects. Glenn, Lou, and Christian discuss whether or not the Red Sox need to make any deal before Monday's deadline.
Dale and Holley w/Thornton talk about some of the lingering issues about the Pats heading into training camp.
With the news that Tom Jackson is leaving ESPN we take a look back at some of Jackson's greatest hits.
Dale and Holley close out the show with the best sound of the day!
Kirk Minihane is joined by Boston comedy legend Lenny Clarke. If you are a fan of stand up comedy this is the podcast for you. Kirk and Lenny talk about Carlin, Pryor, Williams, Murphy and many more.
Kirk Minihane is joined by former ESPN ombudsman and New York Times writer Robert Lipsyte. Kirk and Robert discuss the current state of ESPN and how Robert feels he did in his role as ombudsman. They both criticize ESPN for the lack of journalism at ESPN and look at some of the curious decisions the world wide leader has made in the past few years.
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