Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski almost traded to Lions, threatened to retire


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He wants James White to have a more prominent role in the New England's offense.

He is expected to play against the Lions Sunday at 1 p.m. ET, despite being limited in practice this week with an ankle injury. They gained negative yards (minus one).

"That was a key part of the game", Patricia said. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels made Michel the focal point of the team's running game against the Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars, and the first-round draft pick has not been up to the task. They lost Jordan Matthews to a hamstring injury and Eric Decker to retirement in the preseason, and have had a parade of receivers come through every week, including Corey Coleman.

The rookie's ineffectiveness was far from the Patriots' only issue on offense, however.

Early last offseason there was major doubt whether Gronkowski would continuing play anywhere, but ended up agreeing to a reworked contract that added $4.3 million in incentives for the season with the Patriots.

Tight end Jacob Hollister, who has shown promise as a receiving target, also was also inactive. "We have to get a lot better". We've got to keep them up. This is a huge game for us. We're not executing good enough on a down-by-down basis.

Josh Gordon listed as questionable against Lions
Can the now 27-year-old Gordon find his way - finally? Though that's nothing a duo like Brady and Belichick can't fix. It looks like superstar quarterback Tom Brady is already liking what he perceives from his new receiver.

Darius Slay picked off Brady's pass at the Detroit 15 midway through the fourth quarter, helping the Lions seal the win. Brady's explanations of that play and an intentional grounding penalty he committed one possession later, which appeared to result from Patterson running the wrong route, were telling.

"I'm just happy for the guys", he said. "Kind of an easy interception".

That's what happened in the loss to the Lions, and it's just bad football. Cyrus Jones saw work on third downs as a slot defender, manning the second-level spot often taken by Chung defensively. Insane things happen every single week.

The Patriots are a team that has persevered over the years when losing key players, taking pride in their "next-man-up" mantra. It was the fewest passing yards Brady has had (133) that he's played the entire game in since 2003 when he had 116 yards in a 27-17 win over the Dolphins. The process has been the same. "We've got to get it corrected soon". "It's just not getting done on the field, and we've got to get it corrected soon".

New England has been desperate for wide receiver help with Cooks gone and Julian Edelman serving a suspension.

His football health isn't the only issue surrounding Gordon.

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