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Preseason week 3 Panthers vs Patriots:

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Did anybody else cringe every time you saw Rob Gronkowski on the field? Like a lot of people , I have a love-hate relationship with preseason NFL games. They can be fun to watch sometimes, even though they are usually pretty boring. But it’s the first opportunity we have to watch football in about seven months, so that’s really where any and all excitement comes from.Preseason is also an evil thing, because players are just begging to get injured and miss the entire season. Just look at Julian Edelman last year; fresh off winning his second Super Bowl title – and making arguably the greatest season-saving catch in Super Bowl history – and suddenly, his ACL is torn in a preseason game and his 2017 season is rotting in the morgue. He hasn’t played in a meaningful football game since Super Bowl LI ?over a year and a half ago.I know players need to get warmed up for the regular season. It’s not a good idea to be thrown straight into a regular season game without at least a little bit of in-game practice. But still, there are some players that should just never see the field during preseason games. To be more specific, players with a strong history of injuries. Players like, say, Rob Gronkowski for instance. It just isn’t worth the risk.Albeit, Gronkowski didn’t do much on Friday night’s game in Carolina. He didn’t have any catches, and was only actually in the game for a couple of series in the first half. The Pats were careful with him, thankfully. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t suffer at least half a dozen heart attacks every time I saw him standing on the field. Even during regular season games, any time I see a defender running in Gronk’s direction, I cringe. It’s been happening to me for almost five years, ever since ?that’s right, you guessed it ?December 8, 2013. That was a nightmarish day in Gronkowski’s outstanding career. Not only were the Patriots losing 12-0 to the Browns at home, but then Gronk caught a beautiful pass from Tom Brady, just in time for Cleveland’s T.J. Ward to dive directly at his knees and turn him inside out. Gronk didn’t get up after that. He had to be carried off the field and to the locker room. Torn ACL Womens Lawrence Guy Jersey , torn MCL, season over. Even five years later, every time Gronk is tackled, it’s hard not to instantly flash back to that horrifying sight of him on the ground, writhing in pain. Thinking about it happening in a regular season game is bad enough. But in a preseason game?That’s the nightmare of all nightmares.So yeah, even though Gronk barely did anything in the game on Friday, I cringed every time I saw that big No. 87 on the field. For the love of God, please don’t let him play next week.New England Patriots 2018 roster breakdown: #77 OT Trent Brown The New England Patriots currently have 89 players on their active roster. However, only 53 of them will be able to survive the cutdowns on September 1 and ultimately make the team. Over the course of the offseason, we take a look at the players fighting for those spots to find out who has the best chances of helping the Patriots recapture the Vince Lombardi Trophy.Today, the series continues with one of New England’s projected starters along the offensive line.Name: Trent BrownPosition: Offensive tackleJersey number: 77Opening day age: 25Experience: 3Size: 6’8, 380 lbs.2017 review: After earning the San Francisco 49ers’ starting right tackle job in 2016, Brown returned in the same role in 2017. And like he did one year earlier, the former seventh-round draft pick again proved to be a productive player that started every game – at the least the ones for which he was healthy: Brown appeared in 10 games before being placed on season-ending injured reserve in mid-December because of a shoulder injury.The Florida product, who had already missed one game earlier during the regular season because of a concussion he suffered in week seven, originally hurt his shoulder in practice coming off San Francisco’s week 11 bye. He sat out one game because of the issue, but was back in the lineup the following week and went wire-to-wire. However, his injury worsened and he was ultimately shut down for good.All in all, though Youth Deatrich Wise Jr. Jersey , 2017 was still a good season for Brown. According to analytics website Pro Football Focus, he produced the best year of his still young career and ranked 19th among 81 qualifying offensive tackles through 13 weeks. A big reason for that was his excellence as a pass protector: the behemoth lineman surrendered only one sack, five quarterback hits, and nine hurries when on the field.Despite being a successful right tackle over the 2016 and 2017 seasons, however, Brown was not guaranteed a starting spot heading into 2018. After all, the 49ers opted to invest the ninth overall draft selection in Notre Dame product Mike McGlinchey – a move that made Brown expendable and put him on the trade market.2018 preview: One day after San Francisco drafted McGlinchey, the team sent Brown and a fifth-round pick to the Patriots for a third-round selection. Acquiring Brown, who is currently on the final year of his rookie contract, gave New England another player to compete for a left tackle job that had been vacated by long-time starter Nate Solder leaving the team via free agency. It did not take long for Brown to fill Solder’s old role.While he was still limited during OTAs, Brown settled into the starting left tackle spot during minicamp. Ever since then, he protected Tom Brady’s blindside and proved to be a dominant force at times: the 25-year old not only brings impressive size to the table, he also displayed quick feet and nimble moving skills during practice. Consequently, he is expected to be New England’s day one starter at left tackle.As such, Brown will rarely leave the field this year. Solder, for comparison, was on the field for 97.9% of the Patriots’ offensive snaps last season and – barring any injury – Brown will see similar playing time. If he will also be able to replace Solder’s productivity remains to be seen, but the early signs have certainly been encouraging.

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