Aug 30 (The Sports Xchange) - Injured tight end Rob Gronkowski won't be able to play for at least the first week of the regular season, but the New England Patriots are considering keeping him on the 53-man roster during final roster cuts Saturday. Gronkowski had offseason back and forearm surgery and was hoping to play the first game of the season. That is not likely to happen, and the earliest he's likely to play is Week 3. ...
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The Patriots are hoping tight end Jake Ballard can bolster their passing game.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In his NFL debut performance, Washington Redskins rookie tight end Jordan Reed went 0 for 3.
BALTIMORE (AP) -- The Baltimore Ravens have bolstered their receiving corps, agreeing in principle to a contract with tight end Dallas Clark and signing wideout Brandon Stokley to a one-year contract.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- For the first time in three seasons, Eli Manning isn't searching for tight ends at training camp.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Former New York Giants tight end Bobby Crespino has died. He was 75.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Former New York Giants tight end Bobby Crespino has died. He was 75.
The "Shutdown Countdown" has entered the home stretch. In addition to previewing each team, Shutdown Corner will be taking a brief look at each team's salary cap situation heading into the 2013 season and beyond. We continue the series with the New England Patriots. 2013 Adjusted Cap Number : $129.152 million (13th in the NFL in 2013) 2013 Cap Room Remaining : $9.782 million (10th in the NFL, as of July 31) [Related: Despite rough offseason, Patriots should still win AFC East ] Best Bargain : Even if he opens up the season on the physically unable to perform list and misses the first six games, tight end Rob Gronkowski is one of the biggest bargains in the league with a base salary of just $630,000 and a $2.75 million cap hit in 2013. There are 54 tight ends in the NFL with higher base salaries and 22 tight ends with higher cap numbers than Gronkowski this season. Of course, there is no need to pass the hat to help Gronkowski out. Last year, Gronkowski earned $8.575 million and is scheduled to make $19 million over the course of 2014 and 2015. Potential Camp Cap Casualty : The Patriots are in excellent shape, cap-wise, and there are only three players — Vince Wilfork, Logan Mankins and Stephen Gostkowski — on the roster with base salaries of $2.5 million or higher this season. So saving cash or cap space doesn't figure to be a big factor when the team is shaping its 53-man roster. One name who might be end up on the cut list is veteran tight end Daniel Fells, who is behind Gronkowski on the depth chart and will be pushed in camp by Jake Ballard, Michael Hoomanawanui and rookie Zach Sudfeld. Fells played in less than a quarter of the Patriots' offensive snaps last season and is due $1.25 million in base salary, which might be too steep for a No. 4 tight end.
COMMENTARY | David Wilson, Rueben Randle and Jayron Hosley were standout rookies for the New York Giants in 2012. Barring any injuries, all three players should see increased roles during the 2013 season -- with Wilson and Hosley possibly earning starting jobs.But for the rest of the 2012 rookie class, the future is uncertain. Fierce position battles for tight end, defensive end, defensive tackle and safety may leave four second-year players fighting to keep their spots on the 2013 roster.

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