Is it a big deal that Gronk is no longer a Patriots captain?

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.

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Is it something to be concerned about that Gronk wasn’t named one of the Patriots’ six captains?

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Maybe to a minor degree, along the lines of, “Huh, Gronk’s not a captain. Interesting.” But I don’t think it means a whole heck of a lot, and I don’t think it’s something that is going to bother him. He sounds like he’s a decent frame of mind after that melodramatic (by the Patriots’ standards) offseason, his teammates love him, and if he can remain healthy, he’s going to be the king of beasts once again.

There were two things that struck me about the Patriots’ captains choices, at least for the 12 seconds I considered the subject. 1. It’s kind of surprising that Patrick Chung is just a first-time captain, given how respected he has long been, though it should be noted that fellow respected defensive player Dont’a Hightower isn’t a captain. Hey, they have captain options here! 2. This is a real confirmation of how far James White – who joins Chung, Tom Brady, David Andrews, Devin McCourty and Matthew Slater as captains – has come on the field and in terms of leadership.

Belichick raved about White on Friday morning.

He’s one of our most dependable players,” Belichick said. “Everybody has a lot of confidence in him. He’s earned it. He’s earned confidence and trust from his teammates and coaches by doing it on a consistent basis. There’s no real magic to that. It’s just going out there and being consistent and dependable, and he’s done a great job.”

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Not bad for a guy who played just three games as a rookie in 2014 and whose name, as late as 2016 training camp, undoubtedly was among the presumed cuts on a few of those 53-man-roster projections the beat writers must do a couple of times each summer. I heard he actually stuck around and ended up being pretty good in the Super Bowl that year. Will confirm.

But what do you guys think? Any