Patriots voluntary organized team activity practices (OTAs) continue this week after last week’s mandatory three-day mini-camp, and according to media reports, we won’t see QB Tom Brady or TE Rob Gronkowski again until training camp. The next and final practice open to the media before then is currently scheduled for this coming Thursday, so, if that doesn’t change, we’ll see for sure if either TB12 or Gronk is present.
Meanwhile, the rest of the team that did show up yesterday received a fun surprise – a trip to Fenway Park. The Patriots took advantage of the Red Sox being out of town to enjoy a day of off-field bonding, rather than the scheduled practice session in Foxborough. ESPN offers more details in a blog post.
Elsewhere, questions continue to surround WR Julian Edelman’s reported NFL suspension. In a lengthy feature, The Boston Globe provides a comprehensive examination of the league’s testing policy for banned substances and how it relates to Edelman’s case.
In a related story, The Athletic website focuses on WR Chris Hogan’s potential for a big-play and big-pay season in 2018.
A big payday could still be coming Gronk’s way, according to a report on the Pro Football Talk website, despite last week’s rumors that he’s being shopped around.
Finally today, each year, at least one undrafted rookie finds a way to earn a job on New England’s active roster. With that in mind, in The Providence Journal, there’s a feature on rookie cornerback J.C. Jackson which might interest you.