When it comes to the future of star tight end Rob Gronkowski in New England, Robert Kraft is at peace.
The Patriots owner is aware that Gronkowski openly contemplated retirement after New England’s Super Bowl loss to the Eagles , but everything Kraft’s seen and heard from the playmaker suggests a return to the field in 2018.
“It’s not even an issue for me,” Kraft told Jeff Howe of The Athletic. “I didn’t know about it until I read about it in the paper. I saw (Gronkowski recently at Gillette Stadium). We have a fun, good relationship. He is one of the most up people I know. I was impressed that he was coming in late and doing whatever he had to do to make himself feel right and get his body right.”
The fivesome includes three first-time head coaches, Matt Patricia (Detroit), Frank Reich (Indy), and Mike Vrabel (Tennessee), and two men returning to the top job, Pat Shurmur (New York), and Jon Gruden (Oakland).
For Gruden, his ballyhooed return to the sideline begins with today’s workouts. Given this is little more than supervised workouts, the fiery coach isn’t going to begin his tenure with a big speech or hoopla.
Phase one of workouts are voluntary for NFL players.
Montgomery was knocked around throughout his 4 1/3 innings, as he retired just 11 of 23 batters allowing four runs on a career-high 10 hits.
Montgomery’s short outing had manager Aaron Boone deciding to spell him with German, who was called up from Triple-A on Saturday and the leading candidate to take injured lefty CC Sabathia’s turn Thursday in Boston before being used in long relief on Sunday.
Now the options are fellow call-up Luis Cessa, who pitched an inning of relief on Saturday but was stretched out in spring training, or Sonny Gray on regular rest (which is an option due to Monday’s off day).