Published: Mon, September 24, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Lions top Patriots for Patricia's first win

Lions top Patriots for Patricia's first win

"I'm not going anywhere without Brady".

To those who followed the ongoing saga with Brady and Gronkowski during the offseason, between their loss in Super Bowl LII and their respective returns to the team in the spring, none of this comes as a shock. Gronkowski is on a very team-friendly deal, so the theey wouldn't have been unloading much in terms of salary. Patricia's approach on defense unsettled New England quarterback Tom Brady.

It sounds as if Gronkowski killed off the trade attempt with threats to retire and an unwillingness to work with those inside the Lions organization.

The tight end, his agent and Bill Belichick all had a meeting at the end of April to try to clear the air.

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The Patriots (1-2) have had weaknesses exposed on both sides of the ball, losing two of their first three games for the first time since 2012. He's signed through 2019.

Michel took no silver lining in being called upon as the Patriots' lead rusher, saying, "If we aren't winning games, it isn't fun". Last weekend, against Jacksonville, Gronk struggled and finished with two catches for 15 yards. The reigning MVP managed to complete only 14-of-26 passes for 133 yards, a touchdown and an interception, while his new wideout, Josh Gordon, who came over this week from the Browns, was inactive with a hamstring issue.

While Golden Tate and running back Theo Riddick share the team lead with 14 catches, Kenny Golladay is emerging at a risky weapon for Stafford with 13 receptions for a club-high 203 yards and a score.

That was a scenario the tight end wasn't a fan of.

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