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News Blitz 8/25: Jimmy Garoppolo ready to go

The Patriots were very quiet on the transactions front throughout training camp but they are making up for that with a rash of moves recently. The latest was a strange one.

Initially the reports said that Bryan Stork was being released by the Patriots but later that was amended and the team announced Wednesday evening that they traded the center to Washington for an undisclosed draft pick. There are also reports indicating Stork may retire. Stork's attitude may have forced the Patriots to cut bait with the former fourth-round pick says the Attleboro Sun-Chronicle.

The Patriots tentative 2017 draft board is now reset with the Stork deal. ESPNBoston.com also takes a look back at the 2014 draft and doesn't like what it sees.

Meanwhile, Jimmy Garoppolo is trying to find a balance between establishing leadership while remaining deferential to Tom Brady.

The Patriots welcomed Rob Gronkowski [back to practice after an extended absence](http://www.csnne.com/new-england-patriots/rob-gronkowski-returns-to-new-england-patriots-practice h). Stephen Gostkowski leads off the

When it comes to intensity, Martellus Bennett sees no difference between the third preseason game and any other exhibition. MassLive.com chats with Anthony Johnson, who explains how he's trying to revive his career in New England.

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