It's Monday and the start of a month-long suspension of NFL activity before training camp. But that doesn't mean there isn't news on the Patriots front.
Rob Gronkowski, who has been reluctant to put a timetable on his return after a season-ending leg injury, will reportedly be ready by Week 1 Sept. 7 against the Miami Dolphins and not for training camp, according to NFL Network's Albert Breer.
Also on our radar, Tom Brady's quarterback coach Tom House gave an interview to Sirius XM NFL Radio on Sunday. He expanded upon Brady's abilities at 36, something the quarterback was hesitant to do last month in an interview with TheMMQB.com's Peter King.
"As he’s getting a little older you lose a little strength, you lose a little flexibility,” House said, according to the Globe's Ben Volin. “And what was happening was he was noticing that his accuracy and his long ball weren’t what they were three or four years ago. So we ran him through the computer, compared him to the models we have created for movement efficiency, and there were really, really small things that were causing his issues."
Also of note, the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe writes about undrafted rookie Roy Finch, the running back out of Oklahoma, and how he could possibly find a home in New England.
"He’s as dangerous with the ball in his hands as I’ve seen when it comes to playmaking ability at any given moment," said Oklahoma running backs coach Cale Gundy, who also coached Adrian Peterson. “I’ve been here for 15 years and been around some good players. At any single time, he can make things happen.”
The Globe's Shalise Manza Young tracked down Aliquippa's (Pennsylvania) most famous Patriot, Ty Law, to discuss the town's other most famous football player, Darrelle Revis. The portrait of a mentor and mentee relationship becomes clear.