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There's been a lot of uncertainty surrounding the New England Patriots so far this offseason.

Most of that has been caused by Rob Gronkowski - as rumours that the star tight end was thinking about retiring surfaced in April. 

Thankfully for Pats fans, those turned out to be false and after he met with coach Bill Belichick, 87 confirmed he will play again in 2018. 

Belichick himself hasn't been far away from the drama - with many reports suggesting that his fractured relationship with Tom Brady has got even worse. 

BRADY VS BELICHICK 

It's been clear for quite some time now that those two don't always get along. And the fact that TB12 - like Gronk, has been said to be contemplating retirement - doesn't help. 

But as the faces of the franchise, they should be putting up a united front - Brady, Belichick and Gronkowski. Unfortunately, that's something they don't seem to be doing this year. 

Both star players decided to stay away from New England's OTAs - which is something the quarterback himself didn't do last year - meaning perhaps, something has changed.

WHAT THEY'RE MISSING

But without Brady and Gronk, the show must go on. The Patriots held their 10th, and final, OTA on Monday - as mandatory minicamp begins later this week. 

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But instead of practice, coach Belichick organised a little surprise for all those who attended the voluntary session. 

He took the team away from Foxborough - where they've been training - and into Boston, for a visit to Fenway Park. 

MUCH NEEDED TEAM BUILDING 

With the Red Sox on the road, Pats players had the chance to bond in one of the greatest sporting venues in the world. 

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You've got to hand it to Belichick for thinking outside the box on this one - and trying something very different to normal. 

The reason for his approach may be down to the fact that the Patriots team that takes to the field next season will look very different from the one that finished 2017. 

A NEW ERA? 

That's because 28 of the 90 players on the Pats roster were not with the team last year, meaning that almost one-third of the players need to be introduced to the New England lifestyle. 

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Of course, most of the work so far has been done on the field - and the main reason for OTAs is to prepare players for training camp.  

But as Belichick has shown, working off the field is important too - as the new look Patriots will hope to bounce back from their Super Bowl 52 disappointment in 2017.  

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Topics:
Tom Brady
Superbowl
Rob Gronkowski
New England Patriots
Bill Belichick
AFC
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