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News Blitz 4/9: Gronk reports continue

A roundup of Patriots news.

The Patriots' offseason strength and conditioning program gets going one week from today, and many followers are wondering if TE Rob Gronkowski will be there for it. While he hasn't been very vocal about his plans for 2018, media outlets continue to mine for details about why he seems to be somewhat discontented of late.

This past weekend, the Boston Herald ran a feature about Gronkowski’s workout habits since embracing the TB12 Method last year. In that story, this nugget stood out:

"At one point early last season," the reporter states, "[head coach Bill Belichick] chastised Gronk in front of the players for being a TB12 client, according to a source. So maybe that was Belichick's not-so-subtle way of trying to keep everyone from jumping ship on the team's training staff."

A series of subsequent Tweets from a reporter today added further information…

Meantime, a couple of other high-profile players have already resumed working out together in Foxborough, according to an ESPN blog post over the weekend. It's the second item in the piece. Hint: their jerseys numbers are sequential.

We're also a little more than two weeks from the NFL Draft, and with that in mind, a scribe offers an updated list of Patriots needs.

With an eye toward the draft, The Providence Journal provides a closer inspection of New England's needs at cornerback and safety and potential rookies who might fit in the Patriots defensive backfield system.

Running back could be another position the Patriots target this spring, in the rookie and veteran departments, as recent media Tweets indicate:

Finally today, where in the world is Tom Brady going this offseason? Last year, he visited several Far East Asian countries on a promotional tour, and it appears he’s headed for the Middle East on a similar venture very soon. The Herald has details.

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