September 2, 2013

Patriots Notebook: Gronkowski on the field, looking himself

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So did his ability to fill different roles.

"Since I got here that has always been my (goal), to do whatever it is that (Coach Bill Belichick) needs me to do to help them win," he said. "I think coaches have noticed that and I've taken it to heart and really worked on that. So that's why I'm still here."

He's here practicing, again, with Gronkowski.

"He's the same each and every day," Hoomanawanui said. "There's really no highs and lows with him, no matter the situation, and I think that's maybe the greatest characteristic of all. He's obviously a great football player, but things he brings to the meetings and the team each and every day are pretty special, too."

THE PATRIOTS released veteran running back/kick returner Leon Washington on Sunday.

Washington was signed as a free agent in March after three seasons with the Seattle Seahawks. He spent his other four seasons with the New York Jets.

During the exhibition season, Washington returned 10 punts and three kickoffs. His departure leaves Julian Edelman as the primary punt returner and rookie Josh Boyce as the main kickoff returner.

In seven seasons, Washington has averaged 25.9 yards on 244 kickoff returns and 9.9 yards on 168 punt returns. He also has a 4.7-yard average on 473 rushes.

The Patriots also cut cornerback Marquice Cole and signed four players off waivers -- linebacker Chris White from Detroit, offensive lineman Braxston Cave from Cleveland and guard Chris Barker and defensive tackle A.J. Francis from Miami.


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