How do you think belichick will use gronk when he returns compared to last year, what do you think he learned last year that will help this year
I think the big thing to remember is to win the war, not push it and lose an important piece in a September battle. That said, I’m not sure Belichick is one to tread lightly when players are coming back from injury. If they’re cleared to play they’re going to play as much as they’re capable of, risks be damned.
But is there a universe where I would prefer to see Gronk only in the red zone and third downs with limited in-line blocking opportunities? Sure. But let’s also remember that two of his major injuries came running down the middle of the field and another came while simply blocking an extra point.
Given the Pats lack of depth at tight end it’s not quite that easy to protect him. In a perfect world, they would’ve added a big Y tight end to spell Gronk but that was not to be. Instead we can only hope that Hoomanawanui gets back to full health and is able to help prevent Gronk from getting thrown right into the fire.
Maybe Welker’s 2010 (subscription required) can provide a little insight since he was also coming off a late-season ACL tear.
"This week was an opportunity for him to re-up the treatments and less on the field work," Belichick said. Belichick applauded Gronkowski’s hard work and dedication in the team facilities to reach this point, but knows that the tight end still has work to do.
Tweets of Note from Thursday’s Patriots Training Camp Opener
And we’re off! It’s an exciting time of year as the Pats are back at it in Foxboro and all is right with the world.
Rob Gronkowski has been cleared by doctors and will not be placed on the active/PUP list to start training camp, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Wednesday morning.
Rob Gronkowski of New England Patriots cleared by doctors - ESPN Boston
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’m planning on playing the whole season this year.
Patriots Training Camp Preview: Tight End
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.