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News Blitz 4/1: Still pondering Gronk's retirement

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It’s been more than a week since Rob Gronkowski announced that he was retiring from the Patriots and the NFL.

But, that doesn’t mean the New England football world has moved on and forgotten about the future Hall of Fame tight end.

A number of outlets continue to ponder the decision of No. 87 to walk away from the game, and how that departure will affect the Patriots moving forward.

The Boston Herald tries to get a handle on what the Patriots Gronk-less offense will look like in 2019.

Providence Journal Patriots beat reporter Mark Daniels writes that he “got to see the many sides of Gronk.”

While Bill Belichick was given credit for being an influential voice behind the scenes leading to the NFL’s new replay rules enacted at last week’s Annual Meeting, ESPNBoston.com’s Sunday notes indicate the Patriots coach also made a vocal pitch in Arizona for coaches to have more time working with player in the offseason.

NBC Sports Boston had a chance encounter with Gronkowksi on the rainy streets of Boston over the weekend, with the tight end reaffirming that post-football he’s “into new opportunities.” NBC Sports Boston also declares that the Patriots are “dealing with a tough offseason due to loss of continuity.”

NFL.com has a four-round mock draft that has the Patriots landing Iowa State wide receiver Hakeem Butler at No. 32 overall.

CBSSports.com has its own three-round mock, this one sending New England Louisiana Tech pass rusher Jaylon Ferguson to close out the first round.

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