Super excited to be back on the practice field with my teammates! Gotta keep on working if ya know what I mean!— Rob Gronkowski (@RobGronkowski) July 23, 2014
Always nice to kick off the opening of training camp with some good news. Now I just wonder how many braces Gronk will be wearing on his body? Knee? Arm? Back? Let’s hope he’s got a full season in him this year. If he does the Pats’ offense (and Super Bowl chances) will be very good.
I sure hope so…
With Rob Gronkowski ending the 2013 season on IR once again, most prognosticators figured the Pats would make a move on a tight end, either in free agency, the draft, or both this offseason.
The Pats re-signed Michael Hoomanawanui, but didn’t spend a single draft pick at the position, when most mocks gave them one of Jace Amaro, Troy Niklas, CJ Fiedorowicz or Austin Seferian Jenkins.
The Pats did kick the tires on a few of the injured free agent tight ends but never made a move. What can we expect to see from a lighter-than-expected tight end group this season?
Here’s our preview of a sparse tight end group.
Good read on Gronk. Safe to say that upon his return last season Brady immediately started locking on to him. There’s no question, Gronk is one of, if not the best tight end in the game. I truly believe that the Patriots Super Bowl hopes could hinge on Gronk’s availability in January and February. Who cares if he’s around for Week 1.
Big year coming up for the Gronk, if he can just be healthy in January and February I think the Pats have a legit shot at winning the Super Bowl. Without him, they’d have to catch all the breaks, which isn’t out of the question, but it would obviously be a whole lot easier with #87 on the field.
Rob Gronkowski (TE) ranked 41st on NFL’s Top 100 players of 2014.
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