"WhitePatriots News Opinion and Analysis Contribute! FanPostsFanShotsAbout the Site List of Patriots Twitter AccountsWrite For Pats Pulpit!New User Welcome and Commenting GuideCommunity GuidelinesMastheadTopics Patriots Off-Season CoveragePatriots Opinion/AnalysisPatriots NewsPatriots Draft CoverageSportfolio ManagementPatriots NewsPatriots sign former defensive back Gunner Olszewski to bolster their wide receiver groupNew Byron Cowart Jersey Draft ,27commentsNew England adds to its receiving corps.EDTShareTweetShareSharePatriots sign former defensive back Gunner Olszewski to bolster their wide receiver groupMark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsThe New England Patriots held their third organized team activity practice today, and among their offensive players was a mystery addition wearing the white #72 jersey. Now we know who it is: undrafted rookie wide receiver Gunner Olszewski out of Division II’s Bemidji State, whom the Patriots signed to their active roster today after he already participated as an invitee at the team’s rookie minicamp earlier this month.The 5-foot-10, 178-pound wide receiver, who ran a 4.56-second 40-yard dash as well as a 6.88-second three-cone drill at his pro day, served as a rotational wide receiver and punt returner during today’s practice session. If he wants to make the Patriots’ roster or at least their practice squad, Olszewski will have to make a positive impression in one Byron Cowart NFL Jersey , ideally both phases of the game.When it comes to special teams, his experience should help: in college, Olszewski returned 11 kickoffs for 327 yards and also registered 69 punt returns for a combined 923 yards and a touchdown. But while he had solid numbers in the kicking game over his four years with the Beavers, his offensive numbers do not quite hold up: he had one rushing attempt for -1 yard and exactly zero receiving yards on zero catches and zero targets.His stat-line is rather unsurprising, though: the 22-year-old played as a defensive back until he headed to the NFL as an undrafted rookie. During his senior season at Bemidji State, Olszewski was named the NSIC’s defensive player of the year — he finished the 2018 campaign with 63 tackles and three interceptions — but his future lies on the offensive side of the ball and in the kicking game. Sometimes, intrepid reporters track down elusive interviews through an exhaustive process of legwork Byron Cowart NFL Draft , and hundreds of phone calls.Sometimes, they look out the window and walk across the street.Tom Curran of (one of the intrepidest ones we know) ran into Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski standing on a sidewalk in South Boston in the rain Sunday afternoon, and Gronkowski shook off the notion that he might come back this season.Of course, Gronkowski was just hanging out on a sidewalk in the rain, while watching his friend Jim work out inside a gym.“I’m into new opportunities,” Gronkowski said with a shake of the head. “I was at CVS today with Jim. Bagged all his stuff. I might do that, be a bagger. I might open a dog-walking business Byron Cowart Buffalo Bills Jersey , be a dog-walker, I don’t know.”Of course, the idea this should be treated as gospel is as silly as the idea of running into Rob Gronkowski standing on the sidewalk in the rain while he was watching Jim work out in a gym in South Boston on a Sunday afternoon.The good news is, it’s still Gronkowski, as evidenced by his exploration of opportunities in the export end of the dog-walking field.“No doubt! Get a long stick with a scooper on the end and a handle,” Gronkowski said. “I just hit the trigger and it scoops it up. Then I reach back and drop it in a big bag on my back. Put all the poop in there and empty it every once in a while! So many ideas!”This is Rob Gronkowski in retirement. May we all be as happy as Rob Gronkowski in retirement.
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