With his fiancée, Morgan Hart, in her 17th hour of labor in the delivery of their first child, New England Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower provided the motivational message to get Grayson Dash Hightower into the world at 8 pounds, 4 ounces on July 16. The former Alabama All-American began chanting: “28-3. That was the score in Super Bowl LI when the Patriots began the biggest comeback in the history of the NFL’s championship game.
This offseason, the Atlanta Falcons parted ways with Pro Bowl tight end Austin Hooper who was coming off of the best season in his young NFL career. Also this offseason, the team parted ways with another tight end in Luke Stocker who may be making his way back to Atlanta. Although a signing hasn’t occurred just yet, it’s very possible due to offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter and quarterback Matt Ryan’s familiarity with the 9-year veteran tight end.
Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer Close Covered Bears for seven seasons at Chicago Tribune Also worked at Chicago Sun-Times, Fresno Bee Honorable mention, Football Writers Association of America for enterprise writing, 2002 Follow on Twitter Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn said running back Todd Gurley II, who has had lingering issues with his left knee, could be among the players limited once the team gets into the heart of training camp practices.