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TE Rob Gronkowski - New England Patriots

6-6, 264Born: 5-14-1989College: ArizonaDrafted: Round 2

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 17): We can officially declare Gronkowski unaffected by his hamstring issue, and if he still is, then he might blow away the competition at tight end. He was running free too many times to count against the Bengals. He's the clear #1 tight end heading into a matchup with Pittsburgh.

Week 7: at Pittsburgh Steelers

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Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Tom Brady has smashed both Cleveland's (28/40 for 406 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions) and Cincinnati's (29/35 for 376 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions thrown) secondary so far during his 2016 revenge tour - over the last two weeks four players have seen double-digit targets from Brady: Julian Edeman (17 targets for 9/65/0 receiving); Rob Gronkowski (16 for 12/271/1); Martellus Bennett (13 for 11/115/3) and James White (15 for 12/110/2). Chris Hogan has made a lot happen with his six targets - 5/153/0 receiving, a 30.6 yards-per-catch average. It's all good for the Patriots in this phase of the game. The Steelers' secondary limited Ryan Tannehill to 24/32 for 252 yards passing with zero TDs, interceptions or sacks generated last week (the Dolphins had three rushing scores and 222 yards rushing, though). Ryan Fitzpatrick had 25/38 for 244 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown, with three sacks taken for -11 yards two weeks ago. Over the past three weeks, Pittsburgh has averaged 17.4 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (sixth-least in the NFL); and 21.8 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (14th-least); with 7.4 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (16th in the league). So far this season, Pittsburgh averages 293.7 net passing yards allowed per game (30th in the NFL) with six passing scores given out vs. just three interceptions and a mere eight sacks generated (near the bottom of the league in both the latter categories). They have improved in October, but this remains a suspect group. This is a great matchup for the Patriots' juggernaut.

Recent Stats and Projections

3 vs HOU 14 0 0 0 0 0
4 vs BUF 39 1 11 0 0 1.1
5 at CLE 65 5 109 0 0 10.9
6 vs CIN 57 7 162 1 0 22.2
7 at PIT PROJ-Dodds * 6 * * * *
7 at PIT PROJ-Tremblay * 7 * * * *
7 at PIT PROJ-Bloom * 5 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 6 vs CIN (9 / 7 / 162 / 1 rec)

Gronk is back, and he destroyed the Bengals for a career high in yardage to make his statement. Running free all day and whipping Bengals defenders left and right, Gronk caught chunk gain after chunk gain, and got his Gronk spike in to cap it all off. The touchdown was a short curl route with perfect ball placement by Tom Brady, allowing Gronk to go low to catch it with his hands. Gronk was also involved in a couple scuffles, as he chewed out Vontaze Burfict after Burfict's extremely dirty low cheap shot on Martellus Bennett. Regardless, Gronk looks good to go going forward, and will be a choice target for Tom Brady as usual.

2016 Week 5 vs CLE (7 / 5 / 109 / 0 rec)

After murmurs and whispers that Gronk's injury was worse than he was letting on, the big tight end came out and showed that he's just fine. Gronk caught multiple chunk gains, and though he didn't score, he rumbled his way to over 100 yards. As usual, he was tough to bring down, though he didn't blow by anyone or drag multiple defenders on a play like we're accustomed to seeing. Gronk will be back as the top tight end starting next week.

2016 Week 4 vs BUF (2 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)

Gronk played more snaps on the day than weeks prior, but only hauled in one catch. He was in on many blocking plays, a sign he may be getting his legs under him. He should be good to go with Tom Brady returning barring a setback.

2016 Week 3 vs HOU (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Gronk was on a clear snap count, only playing a handful of snaps. He blocked on all but one of them, and his lone target was a high overthrow in the end one. With 10 days til his next game, he should be more involved against the Bills.


Latest News

Patriots | Rob Gronkowski shreds Cincy pass D (Mon Oct 17, 01:22 AM) - New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski posted seven receptions for 162 yards and a touchdown on nine targets in the Week 6 game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Patriots | Rob Gronkowski will play Sunday (Sun Oct 16, 09:59 AM) - New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (illness, hamstring) will be active for Week 6's game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Patriots | Rob Gronkowski does not practice (Fri Oct 14, 06:55 PM) - Updating a previous report, New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (illness, hamstring) did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 14, and is listed as questionable for Week 6.

Patriots | Rob Gronkowski questionable for Week 6 (Fri Oct 14, 05:01 PM) - New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (illness, hamstring) has been listed as questionable for Week 6 against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Our View: Gronkowski is expected to play and he has resumed his place in the elite tight end tier against Cincinnati this week.
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Patriots | Rob Gronkowski limited (Wed Oct 12, 07:32 PM) - New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (hamstring) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 12.

Our View: With Tom Brady back, Gronkowski played like we're used to seeing him perform. Expect that to continue this week against the Bengals.

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