The 27-year-old was given a 120-day sentence, with the first 24 days being served at a county jail facility. He will then serve the final 96 days of the sentence in home confinement, according to the Associated Press. Floyd also must undergo alcohol counseling, perform 30 hours of community service and pay a fine of $5,115.99.
In a statement, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy wrote: “We have been monitoring developments but have no further comment at this time.” The Patriots did not immediately return a request for comment.
Gronkowski is coming off a 2016 season in which he missed eight games because of hamstring and back ailments. In his seven-year career, he’s only started all 16 games for the Patriots once, missing extended time with elbow, knee and back issues.
Still, despite the missed games, the tight end has been one of the NFL’s most dominant players. He’s recorded more than 1,000 receiving yards in three seasons and has caught 10 or more touchdowns in all but two.
The Patriots first preseason game is Thursday, Aug. 10, vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars. The team will unveil its Super Bowl banner to kick off the 2017 season on Thursday, Sept. 7, vs. the Kansas City Chiefs.
This banner mayhem is the latest reminder that even the ‘problems’ on the Throne of Ease are swept simply aside — like the Indianapolis Colts in the playoffs.
If that scouting report sounds familiar to Bengals fans, it’s because Jackson offered similarly effusive praise two offseasons ago when he was experimenting with Burkhead as a wide receiver.
“He’s very talented,” Jackson said, via the Cincinnati Enquirer, in June of 2015. “You have a talented player on your team you see if you can find a way to get him involved. He can do a little bit of everything. He can run the ball, too. He can catch, protect. He’s one of the better players on our team so we will see what we can do with him.”
Hawkins admitted he has his “work cut out” to make a deep Patriots roster. New England added Brandin Cooks this offseason to a receiving corps that includes Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell and Danny Amendola.
Hawkins, who excels as a slot receiver, spent the past three seasons with the Browns. In 2016 he earned 33 receptions for 324 yards and three touchdowns.
In Hightower, Chandler Jones and Jamie Collins, New England drafted a trio of Pro Bowlers in 2012 and 2013. Even with Bill Belichick’s reputation for setting a fixed number on a player’s value, it was important to keep the one remaining defensive star from that group.
While Tom Brady, James White and Malcolm Butler have been showered with deserved praise for their defining moments in Super Bowls XLIX and LI, Hightower came through with game-changing plays in both championships. He’s not just a defensive leader and sure tackler, but also Kuechly’s primary competition as the best blitzing inside linebacker in football.