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Patriots.com News Blitz - 3/29/2012
Matt Pepin shares Rob Gronkowski's transcript from his chat session on Boston.com that occured on Thursday afternoon. In the chat, Gronkowski intereacted with fans and discussed everything form his new teammates to his favorite home cooking. He also shares information on how you can get involved with his "Celebrities for Charity" raffle. The winner of the raffle receives luxury box tickets to a Bruins' game with Gronkowski on April 7 and dinner afterwards.
Ian R. Rapoport of The Boston Herald writes that NFL Coaches at the Annual NFL Meetings in Palm Beach, FL praised Bill Belichick's recent free-agent pickups. Rapoport writes, "Chargers coach Norv Turner lit up when talking about safety Steve Gregory, a possible starter who he called 'one of my favorite guys.' Likewise, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan was thrilled receiver Donte' Stallworth earned another chance with the Patriots. And no one understands better than Bengals coach Marvin Lewis that defensive lineman Jonathan Fanene is a hard worker who has willed himself to be a starter."
Ricky Doyle of NESN.com writes that the speculation surrounding a Matt Forte trade to the Patriots is interesting, but completely unnecessary. Doyle argues, "why would New England overexert itself when there's a trio of more-than-capable backs -- Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen and Danny Woodhead -- waiting in the wings. The Patriots obviously have a pass-first offense, and Forte is an excellent receiving back, but Vereen could fill that void in 2012, while Ridley receives a bulk of the carries." A deal for Forte seems to be very unlikely.
CSNNE.com reports on Patriots WR Deion Branch's appearence on WEEI yesterday. Branch was open about wanting to make sure he retires a Patriot -- whenever that time comes. "Whether it's two years from now, three years from now, who knows? That's my goal, and once I sat down with coach (Bill Belichick) and the front office, they felt the same way," explained Branch. He also spoke about new teammate Brandon Lloyd. "I know him outside of football. Great person. Cool guy. Exciting player. I'm just glad to have him on board; I've never had the opportunity to play with him. I'm pretty sure he is going to bring a lot to the team, and that's going to be a good thing."