Rob Gronkowski: Patriots Fans Will See ‘Freak-A-Leak’ When I ‘Maybe’ Return

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski addressed the media at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, on Saturday, and while he largely avoided questions regarding his playing status, he did offer some potential hints.

According to NESN’s Doug Kyed, Gronk said that fans will see a “freak-a-leak” when he comes back. Then, in response to a follow-up question about whether he’ll return to play in 2018, Gronkowski said, “Maybe.”

Nonsense, rotten guesswork presented as fact. Castillo had played 10 seasons in the NL for the Marlins before playing two for the Twins in the AL. He was the Marlin who, in the 2003 NLCS, hit the infamous fly ball to spectator Steve Bartman — at Wrigley Field.

Following the signing of LeGarrette Blount in free agency, which alleviated Detroit’s immediate need at the position, Quinn said he doesn’t feel pressure to further bolster the position through the draft.

“If we had to go play a football game today, I think we have enough running backs to be competitive,” Quinn said during a Thursday press conference.

The comments are reminiscent of Quinn’s reaction immediately following last year’s draft, when he professed confidence in the group he had after failing to select a back with one of the team’s nine choices. The Lions went on to finish last in the NFL in rushing last season, churning out a paltry 76.3 yards per game and 3.4 yards per carry.

But even though he didn’t declare drafting a back as an objective next week, Quinn also isn’t ruling it out. He’s simply stating the team is able to stick to its board without reaching to fill a perceived need.

Wade delivered a throwback 28-point performance in 26 minutes off the bench to propel the Heat to a 113-103 win and snap the Sixers’ 17-game win streak.

“A lot of people think that if you do decide to go out it’s because you weren’t supposed to be able to play no more. It’s not always supposed to be that,” Wade told ESPN after the game.
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No surprise the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots are at the top of the list.

They lost wideout Julian Edelman, who suffered a noncontact leg injury in the first quarter of a preseason game against the Detroit Lions, but the Patriots have more than enough talent to catch passes with tight end Rob Gronkowski, Chris Hogan and recently acquired Brandin Cooks.

Working the waiver wire is key to fleshing out a winning roster. Here are all of the top free agents you should consider picking up for the week ahead.

Jordan’s return would clearly eat into Harrell’s production, and whenever Danilo Gallinari (glute) returns, it would hurt Johnson’s production, but at the very least, they’re worth short-term interest and perhaps long-term, if Jordan is in fact moved and Gallinari is unable to remain healthy … again. And if Gallinari (available in 78.6 percent of leagues) does stay healthy this time, he’s the one who suddenly becomes interesting in fantasy.

The Clippers seem to have found their new base of success built around Williams and Griffin, and they’re providing a very fantasy-friendly environment for themselves and their teammates.

This is about maximizing the value of picks based on the current perceived value of the players involved. The Saints did very well in that regard. That was as much about good fortune as anything else. But that’s okay. Lattimore, the draft’s top cornerback, unexpectedly dropped out of the top 10 and the Saints were smart enough to take him at No. 11. They didn’t sign the Patriots’ Malcolm Butler to an offer sheet in restricted free agency or trade for him. Now they have their cornerback. It was a terrible first round for offensive linemen. But the Saints, again, benefited as Ramczyk fell to them for the final pick of the night.

The Packers couldn’t overcome the injury to Rodgers in their 23-10 loss to the Vikings. They weren’t the only NFC contender to stumble, as the Falcons suffered a surprising home loss to the Dolphins, 20-17. The wasn’t the only unexpected result of the day, as the Bears outlasted the Ravens in overtime for a 27-24 win, and the Saints beat the Lions 52-38 in a wild game. The 49ers nearly pulled off a road upset against the Redskins, but their bid to win their first game of the season came up just short in a 26-24 loss.chargers_001

Bears set up alarms on Leonard Floyd’s phone to remind him to eat anything

If you’ve been following Gronk’s career over the past couple years, then you know that he basically doesn’t wear a shirt during the offseason, so it only made sense thatGQ put him on the cover without a shirt. And just in case a shirtless Gronk isn’t enough, the magazine also put bikini-clad model Hailey Clauson on the cover.

Shirtless Rob Gronkowski lands on ‘GQ’ cover with bikini-clad model

This is the second time in three months that Clauson has graced a national magazine cover. The model was also on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue, where she was only wearing half a bikini. She must’ve gotten her swimsuit half-off — OK, I’ll show myself out.

Gronk and Clauson did a photoshoot together for GQ and if you’re interested in seeing the two of them parade around in bathing suits, then definitely head over toGQ by clicking here.

DeAndre Hopkins was pretty much the only high-level offensive weapon the Houston Texans had last season. Hopkins finished the year with 111 catches for 1,521 yards and 11 touchdowns, outpacing the next closest player on the team by 64 catches, 863 yards, and seven touchdown grabs.

He was the intended receiver on as astonishing 192 passes — only Julio Jones (197) and Antonio Brown (192) were targeted more often. The next closest player on the team was Nate Washington with 94 targets. Again, the only two teams with a greater target differential between the No.1 and No. 2 pass-catchers were the Falcons (Jones and Devonta Freeman) and Steelers (Brown and Martavis Bryant).

Considering how unthreatening the other targets on the Texans were, it’s pretty incredible that Hopkins was still able to have such a dominant season. When everyone knows where the ball is going, it should be easier to stop it from happening. Of course, most teams couldn’t stop it anyway.

In 2016, there should at least be a little more fear instilled by players elsewhere on the field. The Texans signed running back Lamar Miller in free agency up upgrade the ground game, then spent early draft picks on wide receivers Will Fuller (Notre Dame) and Braxton Miller (Ohio State). Fuller is a speed demon that should help stretch the field vertically, while Miller is one of the most athletic and versatile players in the class.

Hopkins, for one, is happy the front office brought those guys to his team.

Black, 58, was of course the longtime manager of the Padres, and his name was recently floated by Bob Nightengale as a candidate in Atlanta. With San Diego, Black compiled a 649-713 record. Black was also a successful big-league starting pitcher for 15 years and later a pitching coach, and that’s bound to have appeal to the Braves, who have a lot of young pitching in the pipeline.

Pendleton, who won an MVP for the Braves as a player, has been a member of the Braves’ coaching staff for 15 years. From 2002-10, he served as hitting coach, and since then he’s been first base coach. Now 55, Pendleton has before been named as a candidate to manage Atlanta, and he provides a direct link to the Bobby Cox glory years. As well, Pendleton, as an African-American, would be a minority hire, which MLB has long encouraged.

Dave Martinez

The 51-year-old Martinez, Joe Maddon’s longtime bench coach in Tampa and now with the Cubs, remains a hot managerial candidate who’s been linked with any number of vacancies. Needless to say, with Maddon’s Cubs looking like a juggernaut this far in 2016, Martinez’s appeal is only growing. But would Martinez prefer to hold out for a team that’s more established on the success cycle than the Braves are right now? For what it’s worth, Martinez spent his final season as a player with the Braves in 2001.