As the Patriots gear up for a trip to Detriot for preseason game number three, the rest of us sit and look at who may or may not be with this team come the start of the regular season.

One of the biggest question marks is tight end Rob Gronkowski and how he will start the season. Will he be put on the physically unable to perform list to start the season, which means he must sit out the first six games? When will we see Gronk return?

The Boston Globe’s Shalise Manza Young joined 998.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich to discuss the Patriots and the upcoming cuts that have to be made.

“I think the question is…do they want to keep that roster spot open for three week, four weeks, five weeks, how ever long it takes or do they just want to PUP him? They get a roster spot that they can use somebody else during that time and then you elevate him in October.”

Final roster cuts will must be made on August 31st and at that time we’ll have a better idea what the Patriots will do with Gronkowski.

Tight end Zach Sudfeld looks like he may be able to carry the load while the team is without Gronk, but are we jumping the gun on Sudfeld? Shalise doesn’t think so.

“He’s showing up and Brady’s looking to him, so it’s there. I think the blocking is something that’s a work in progress, that’s not something her really had to do at Nevada. He looks like he has potential written all over him.”

They also went on to try and figure out just why Tim Tebow is here. Will he make this team and if so who won’t so he can?


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