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2018 Schedule
11-5, 1st in AFC East

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Bill Belichick held court with reporters at the annual coaches breakfast in Arizona. The topic that produced his most voluminous answer — in a session of clipped replies — was when he was asked about instant replay. He credited Sean Payton and Mike Tomlin for leading the discussion, saying the goal is to make the game better. He said it was an honor to be in the room discussing it.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Stephon Gilmore's contract restructure alters his salary-cap charges. Here is a look at the change, which reflects how the team creates immediate space but increases future charges: 2019 -- $9.1 million (was $14.8m); 2020 -- $18.6 million (was $15.8m); 2021 -- $19.6 million (was $16.8m)

How do the Pats plan to replace Gronk? (0:44)
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1dMike Reiss

Agent: Gronk retired, but people change minds

Drew Rosenhaus, the agent for Rob Gronkowski, said the Patriots tight end has retired, but it's always possible he could change his mind.

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23hRob Demovsky

Bears-Pack will start season; Pats open on SNF

The Bears and Packers will kick off the NFL's 100th regular season as the league has elected to forgo having the Super Bowl champs host the first game of the season.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

For fans making travel plans to Patriots opening night: Lock it in for Sunday, Sept. 8. The NFL announced Monday that the Patriots will open at home that night against an opponent to be determined. The NFL Thursday opener is Packers-at-Bears, as part of the long-planned league's 100-year celebration.

Stephen A.: Gronk not the greatest tight end of all time (1:53)
Is Gronk's retirement the beginning of the end for Patriots' dynasty? (1:22)

Schefter Podcast: Gronk Retirement, Gase, Bills' Beane

After breaking down the impact of Rob Gronkowski's retirement with Field Yates (:53), Adam Schefter chats with Jets coach Adam Gase about Gronk, Le'Veon Bell, his expectations in New York and more (10:38). Plus, Bills GM Brandon Beane discusses Buffalo's active offseason, the Antonio Brown deal that wasn't and much more (19:36).

Rosenhaus: Gronk can still come back and play (1:35)
Gronk's final catch set up Pats' SB win (0:47)
Schefter: Injuries took their toll on Gronk's body (1:42)
Gronk brought the fun off the field (1:07)

John Pluym ESPN 

If former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is a first-ballot Pro Football Hall of Famer, he'd join rare company. According to Elias Sports Bureau, Jim Brown and Gale Sayers are the only Hall of Famers to never play a game in their 30s, who were elected in their first year of eligibility. Former linebacker Patrick Willis could also join this list -- he is eligible in 2020.

Gronk right at top of list for first-ballot HOF case - Yates (1:53)

John Pluym ESPN 

How good was former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski in his four Super Bowls? Gronk had 23 career receptions, most among tight ends. He also had 297 career reception yards, most among TEs, and he had three catches for touchdowns, most among tight ends and second-most among all players.

Gronk's retirement 'a shock' to Patriots (0:54)

John Pluym ESPN 

Rob Gronkowski's retirement Sunday evening leaves the New England Patriots with four other tight ends on their roster: Stephen Anderson, Jacob Hollister, Ryan Izzo and Matt LaCosse. Those four have combined for 71 career receptions. Gronkowski had 71-plus receptions on his own in a season three times during his career.

Team Stats

Passing Yards266.18th
Rushing Yards127.35th
Points For27.34th
Points Against20.37th

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