Lions Were Close To Trade With Patriots For Rob Gronkowski

Tanya Simon
September 24, 2018

The Patriots played an uninspiring style of football in the first half as they went into the locker room down, 13-3. The running back scored New England's lone touchdown on a 10-yard pass from Brady and finished with 51 yards from scrimmage on seven touches.

Detroit refused to let the five-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback get any closer.

"He knows everything about that team and he made sure we knew it as well", Slay said.

Brady finished this game 14 for 26 with 133 yards, a touchdown and an interception. 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.

That statement was equal parts praise for White and veiled, indirect criticism of rookie Sony Michel, who has struggled as the Patriots' lead back during their two-game losing streak. "You certainly don't want to give the ball back to them".

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on "Sunday NFL Countdown" that the New England Patriots were "deep into trade discussions" with the Lions surrounding Gronkowski at the time of the draft earlier this year, but Gronk took a hard stance against the deal.

"Yeah, it happened", Gronkowski said. Brady was 1-of-4 for minus one yard in the quarter.

"We'll see. I'm not going to make predictions", Brady responded.

Patriots: WR Josh Gordon (hamstring) was inactive, delaying his New England debut, after warming up with teammates. The Lions enter Sunday with an 0-2 record. Trey Flowers, the team's top defensive lineman, was knocked out of last week's game with a concussion and safety Patrick Chung also suffered a concussion - both have yet to practice this week and their availability looks increasingly in question. RB Rex Burkhead left the game in the second half with a neck injury.

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