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Week 1 vs. CIN
Receiving: 1 / 1 / 1 on 1 targets
The 6'6" Gronkowski made it look easy at the goalline by snagging a Tom Brady pass for an easy TD to finish off the Bengals, occupying the goal line set role he should have all season.
Week 2 vs. NYJ
Receiving: 1 / 14 / 0 on 2 targets
Gronkowski did more blocking than anything else, though he did show his athleticism on his 14 yard reception. Clearly a little behind Hernandez in the pecking order, Gronkowski looks like he could be good, but may take some time until the team decides how to use him and how often.
Week 3 vs. BUF
Receiving: 3 / 43 / 1 on 3 targets
While fellow rookie TE Aaron Hernandez stole the show with his sizzle and flair, "The Gronk" was the recipient of some nice completions as well. Gronkowski's TD in the 3rd quarter played a big part in this Patriot victory and the Pats have a very talented young tandem at the TE position. Gronkowski is a big target who seems to be finding his niche near the goal line.
Week 4 vs. MIA
Receiving: 1 / 4 / 0 on 1 targets
Hernandez's rookie TE mate didn't make much of a splash this game as he only caught one pass for minimal yardage, but the big target continues to figure into the Pats future game plan down at the goal line.
Week 6 vs. BAL
Receiving: 1 / 24 / 0 on 1 targets
Gronkowski drew a pass interference call yielding a 13 yard gain in the 4th quarter and added another nice gain, this time a catch late in the game, for a pickup of 24 yards to set up the FG.
Week 7 vs. SD
Receiving: 2 / 10 / 1 on 2 targets
Gronkowski caught the lone passing score of the game for New England. After a Danny Woodhead catch put the ball on the goal line, Gronkowski came across the formation to haul in a wide open play-action touchdown on the next play.
Week 8 vs. MIN
Receiving: 1 / 5 / 0 on 3 targets
Gronkowski only had one short catch as he continues to be underutilized in the passing game.
Week 9 vs. CLE
Receiving: 4 / 47 / 0 on 8 targets
Gronkowski had a rather forgettable day in a game where he was featured a lot in the passing game. Early in the game, he struggled to be on the same page with Brady and displayed poor ball security by fumbling in the red zone as he fought for extra yards. Gronkowski also struggled to catch the football and get any real separation from defenders on his routes. Brady did look to him often, however, and he somewhat redeemed himself when he drew a crucial pass interference penalty in the end zone to set up a New England score.
Week 10 vs. PIT
Receiving: 5 / 72 / 3 on 5 targets
The Offensive-Star-Not-Named-Tom-Brady in this game was "the Gronk." He scored a Patriots' rookie record THREE touchdowns. Benefitting from being the 3rd or 4th option in the offense (and the second-most talented at his own position behind "new-age" WR/TE hybrid-type Aaron Hernandez), Gronkowski typically only had one man to beat, and that was usually one of the Steelers' lesser defenders. On ALL THREE of his touchdowns, Gronkowski beat Steelers' nickelback William Gay. This is the second week in a row that teams have identified Gay as the biggest weakness in the Steeler defense as Cincinnati placed Terrell Owens in the slot last Monday night to isolate him vs. Gay. Gronkowski and Hernandez will continue to be a very nice tandem for the Patriots for years to come as they give the team the flexibility of a "standard" TE-type like Gronk and a TE with receiver skills in Hernandez. With these guys, the Patriots can play in many formations and exploit matchups all over the field.
Week 11 vs. IND
Receiving: 1 / 25 / 0 on 1 targets
Rob Gronkowski only registered one catch on the day as well on a beautiful pass for 25 yards from his quarterback. The tight ends did not get that involved in the offense today as the Patriots didn't need to go down the field much, and the Colts Cover 2 scheme took away all the seam routes for the most part. I would chalk this box score up to game situation more than anything.
Week 12 vs. DET
Receiving: 5 / 65 / 0 on 5 targets
Tight end Rob Gronkowski had five catches for 65 yards against the Detroit Lions in Week 12, pulling down all of his targets. Gronkowski's workload was significantly bigger than fellow rookie tight end Aaron Hernandez. Gronkowski was the primary target on a few of his routes both down the seam and across the middle of the field. Gronkowski looks to be the favored tight end in the passing game for New England for the past several weeks.
Week 13 vs. NYJ
Receiving: 1 / 12 / 0 on 2 targets
Gronkowski showed his very soft and reliable hands and his ability to shield defenders from the ball with his large frame on a catch over the middle. He also drew a critical pass interference penalty in the endzone that set up a TD, but was otherwise lost in this offense on Monday Night.
Week 14 vs. CHI
Receiving: 5 / 43 / 1 on 6 targets
Gronkowski is becoming a TD machine. His height and strength are such an advantage, and when you already have receivers that the defense can't cover, Gronkowski makes it terribly unfair. He got the game going with a 7 yard TD in which he used his strength to push Urlacher back, turned around and caught the ball. Urlacher argued for interference, and this is what makes Gronkowski so dangerous. Size and strength, and a great set of hands.
Week 15 vs. GB
Receiving: 1 / 25 / 0 on 2 targets
Gronk make a really nice play over the middle in traffic for 25 yards early on but was silent offensively from that point forward. He had another target in the 2nd quarter but really took a back seat to fellow rookie TE Aaron Hernandez.
Week 16 vs. BUF
Receiving: 4 / 54 / 2 on 7 targets
Anytime Aaron Hernandez is not going to play you better run and plug this guy in. 9 touchdowns for the rookie on the season and came up huge for any owners that were inclined to play him this week. He had a real long touchdown possibility in the 1st quarter where Brady missed him but it was going to go for a huge gain and perhaps even a touchdown. That was a prelude to what was going to happen and should have sent a warning to Buffalo to cover him better.
Week 17 vs. MIA
Receiving: 6 / 102 / 1 on 10 targets
This guy has shined with Hernandez in and out of the lineup. He is open all the time and can run down the middle of the field wide open it seems almost anytime he wants. 4 TDs in his last 4 games...7 over his last 8 games as well. He will end the season with 10 touchdowns which is a lot for a TE. That number might not be the same with Hernandez healthy but the two of them make a dangerous combo on the field. Gronkowski looks very fluid and natural catching the football so he is certainly worth having in dynasty formats. The challenge will be if Hernandez is healthy which one is the guy to start most weeks.
Week 19 vs. NYJ
Receiving: 4 / 65 / 0 on 6 targets
Gronkowski looked like he was going to have a huge day when he had back to back catches to get the Pats moving on their first drive, and he also had the Pats biggest play of the day, a 37-yard catch to key a drive that pulled the Patriots back within a score at the end of the third quarter. Still, he and Brady couldn't get on the same page on a few key third downs. Gronkowski should still remain a big part of the Patriots pass offense for a long time to come.