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Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots

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Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots

My guess is that for Sunday, we may see Gronk major more in low crossing routes, curls, outs, and isolated situations outside the numbers where boundary throws are less likely to draw contact from an unseen charging safety.

Great X-and-O read from Matt Chatham!

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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
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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.

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Gronk Flex!

I’m back from vacation and slowly getting back into the blogging saddle. Hard to believe the season is fast approaching….

 (via Patriots joint practice with the Eagles - August 14, 2014)

Gronk Flex!

I’m back from vacation and slowly getting back into the blogging saddle. Hard to believe the season is fast approaching….

(via Patriots joint practice with the Eagles - August 14, 2014)

"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.