In the midst of NFL vacation time that cuts down on daily football news, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski used some of his time off this week to honor young Boston-area student athletes at the Scholar Athletes Celebration at TD Garden.
The Boston Globe notes that Gronk was in attendance at the event as a surprise guest, along with his girlfriend, Camille Kostek.
The Globe also recaps lifelong Patriots fan – and current Batman – Ben Affleck's appearance on the debut episode of Bill Simmons' new HBO show entitled "Any Given Sunday with Bill Simmons." The paper describes Affleck as "lively," including a rant on Deflategate.
ESPNBoston.com passes along a tale of a young New England fan chanting "Go Patriots" at a youth football camp held by Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. Even Julian Edelman acknowledged the boy's moxie via Twitter.
With such limited content this time of year, ESPNBoston.com reposts notes from 2012 on how team's like the Patriots scout for 4-3 defensive ends.
NFL.com ranks the top receiver groups in the NFL and ranks the Patriots at No. 3.