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New England Patriots‘ loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl.Gronkowski Cordarrelle Patterson Jersey , who has battled injuries throughout his eight-year pro career, was asked about what was next for him after the 41-33 loss in Minneapolis."I’m definitely going to look at my future,” he said in February. "We’ll sit down in the next couple of weeks and see where I’m at.”There was brief talk of an acting career or possibly joining professional wrestling.It left New England fans knowing Tom Brady would be returning for his age 41 season, but not knowing if the All-Pro tight end would be there with him.Those doubts are now gone as Gronkowski awaits his ninth season, which starts Sept. 9 at home against the Houston Texans."I definitely feel ready for sure, and I feel good,” Gronkowski said Tuesday."But it’s a long season. It’s kind of hard to describe the body. You gotta go through it in order to understand. It’s what every player 鈥?I mean, one day you can be feeling great and then the next day you just don’t how you’re are going to feel 鈥?taking hits, you could take a helmet to the thigh, you can take a helmet to the chest, wherever and your body can just react differently … and you’re feeling like garbage the next day."I can’t ever really get up here and ever say that I feel amazing, because you just never know and every single day, though, I prepare myself to the fullest so I can feel the best I can feel the next day.”Gronkowski was coming off back surgery when camp began last year.This summer Jeremy Hill Jersey Black Friday , he arrived at camp without a restructured contract he was seeking. He shrugged that off Tuesday 鈥?while also acknowledging the substantial deal given to Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. 鈥?"those are great players” 鈥?and also the contract extension reportedly signed by teammate Shaq Mason on Monday."I’m in for the players always 鈥?I’m a player, so it’s good to see that,” he said.Asked about tight ends being given that kind of respect, he smiled and said, "That would be pretty cool.”As far as his own situation being resolved soon, he said, "I’m always looking for that,” but added, "It is what it is. That’s not really my focus. I’ve got a long season ahead and I’m just trying to focus on what I really need to do 鈥?let everything else play out.”Gronkowski won’t play in the preseason finale against the New York Giants on Thursday night, but the work will continue to prepare for the regular season."I’ve always got stuff to work on, big-time, no matter what it is,” he said. "Route running, route detail https://www.patriotsfanstore.com/Isaiah-Wynn-Jersey , blocking … but I felt like it was a good camp overall. We got a lot of conditioning in, a lot of reps in, the passing game, the run game, whatever it is. Now we’ll just focus on keep on going to the next level, keep on getting in better shape … gotta keep grinding."It’s good to be out there every day, get the work in, get the body adjusted.”Gronkowski feels good heading into the season with the Patriots favored to maintain their dominance in the AFC East and make another run to the Super Bowl."I just love playing the game,” he said. "I feel good right now. I definitely feel like a hundred times better than I did last year during training camp."When you’re feeling good you love playing the game and I feel good enough to where I thought I could come back, go throughout the whole season, go throughout camp and just keep playing the game and enjoying it."That’s how it’s been 鈥?when you’re enjoying the game, when you’re feeling good, you just love playing the game. It’s just something where when you’re out on the field, your mind’s just in another place because you’re just focusing on what you gotta do.” CHICAGO (AP) — Tom Brady held his breath as he watched the final play unfold from the sideline.He saw Mitchell Trubisky heave the ball toward the goal line Danny Etling Color Rush Jersey , Kevin White haul it in and a swarming defense keep the ball out of the end zone. That was just enough to preserve another victory for New England.Brady threw for three touchdowns and the Patriots hung on to beat the Chicago Bears 38-31 Sunday when White got stopped at the 1 on a 54-yard pass from Trubisky.About four or five defenders swarmed White after he leaped to haul in that long heave and spun toward the goal line. Some Bears players tried to push him across. But he got stopped just short of the goal line, sealing the fourth straight win for New England."You hold your breath when I saw him jump up and catch it,” Brady said. "I didn’t have the angle on the goal line. He was getting close to the end zone. They were pushing and we were pushing. It was probably a half yard or a yard, pretty close. Good for us to hold them out.”Even if the execution wasn’t perfect."Just too many people around the ball,” said Josh Gordon, who was in on the play. "I went up to grab it. Somebody else went up to grab it. There was pushing and pulling, everything like that. He ended up with it so it was a great play. … Fortunately enough, we were able to hold him out of the end zone.”As for White?"Just tried to fight and get in,” he said. "Tried to change the game, make a big-time play. So after I caught it, I thought I had a chance, like I said, for a split-second and once I felt a bunch of guys I knew it was over.”The Patriots (5-2) also got two special teams touchdowns and came out on top even though they were without Rob Gronkowski.The five-time Pro Bowl tight end missed the game because of ankle and back injuries. But New England squeezed past the Bears (3-3).UNBEATEN AGAINST BEARSBrady improved to 5-0 against Chicago, one of five teams yet to beat him. He was 25 of 36 for 277 yards and an interception.Cordarrelle Patterson ran a kickoff back 95 yards for his sixth career return TD. Kyle Van Noy became the first New England player in 22 years to return a blocked punt for a touchdown.Gordon caught four passes for 100 yards. He spun past a tackler on a 55-yarder early in the fourth that put the ball on the 1 and set up a 2-yard reception by James White to make it 38-24 with 8:40 left.White had 57 yards receiving and two TDs. He also ran for a team-high 40 yards.Julian Edelman had a touchdown catch. Rookie running back Sony Michel left in the second quarter because of a knee injury. But the Patriots beat the Bears for the eighth time in nine games since the 1985 team got routed in the Super Bowl.CONSECUTIVE LOSSESChicago has dropped two in a row after winning three straight to take sole possession of the NFC North lead for the first time since 2013. The Bears’ three losses are by a combined 11 points."Coming up 1 yard short and not tying the game and going to overtime https://www.patriotsfanstore.com , that’s not good enough anymore,” Trubisky said.Star pass rusher Khalil Mack was largely a non-factor after being listed as questionable because of an ankle injury he suffered last week at Miami, often dropping back in pass coverage. And Trubisky struggled with his accuracy, though coach Matt Nagy didn’t quite see it that way."A lot of people were out of rhythm,” he said.The second-year pro completed 26 of 50 passes for 333 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. He also ran for a career-high 81 yards and a score.Trey Burton had nine receptions for a career-high 126 yards, including an 11-yard TD with 4:13 remaining.BLOCK, RETURNVan Noy is the first New England player to return a blocked punt for a TD since Tedy Bruschi against Baltimore in 1996.He scooped up the ball and returned it 29 yards after Dont’a Hightower blocked Pat O’Donnell’s attempt, giving the Patriots a 31-24 lead with just under six minutes left in the third.It was also the first blocked punt return for a TD against Chicago since the New York Giants’ Tom Flynn recovered one in the end zone on Sept. 14, 1987.NATIONAL ANTHEMThere were no protests by either team.INJURIESPatriots: Michel had to be helped off the field after he got twisted around by Bilal Nichols as he was tackled on the first play of the second quarter. He lost a fumble on the play and needed assistance to get to the sideline. In the previous three games, Michel rushed for 316 yards and four touchdowns.UP NEXTPatriots: Visit Buffalo on Oct. 29.Bears: Host the New York Jets on Oct. 28.
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