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TE Rob Gronkowski - New England Patriots

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

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News you need to know

General News (Fri Feb 2): practiced fully on Friday and is not on the team's injury report. He will play this week.

General News (Thu Feb 1): practiced fully on Thursday.

General News (Thu Feb 1): has cleared the concussion protocol and will be able to play in Super Bowl LII.

General News (Wed Jan 31): partially participated in Wednesday's practice. He says he will play in the Super Bowl.

General News (Mon Jan 29): remains in the concussion protocol even though he has been on the field the last two days. He said he is feeling good after practice. Gronkowski is expected to clear the protocol in time to play in the SuperBowl, according to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald.

General News (Fri Jan 26): appears to be on track to play in Super Bowl 52 on Sunday, Feb. 4, against the Philadelphia Eagles, as the "overall feel" in the locker room is that he'll be in the lineup when the game kicks off, according to Dianna Russini of ESPN.com. Gronkowski was absent from the media portion of practice Friday, Jan. 26.

General News (Thu Jan 25): was not able to practice Thursday, Jan. 25.

General News (Wed Jan 24): Gronkowski's official status will be unclear for a couple more days, but there is optimism regarding his availability for the Super Bowl, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

General News (Mon Jan 22): was knocked out of the team's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars with a concussion. Gronkowski has entered the league's mandated concussion protocol, but there is optimism he'll be ready to return for Super Bowl LII against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, Feb. 4.

Week 21: at Philadelphia Eagles

All TE vs PHI

FBG says: Tough matchup. The Patriots at this point are a known commodity at this point with Tom Brady. The Patriots boast a highly effective offense that can beat you in so many ways. The Patriots can beat you with their running backs, wide receivers, and tight ends. This causes the Patriots to be extremely dangerous as there is no way to stop them it is only to contain them. Whether it is Dion Lewis or James White out of the background, Danny Amendola or Brandin Cooks as wide receivers or Rob Gronkowski at the tight end position. The Patriots have given Tom Brady so many options that everything is set up in their passing game. The one weakness the Patriots have is that their offensive line is banged up. Laadrian Waddle has really struggled at right tackle and Nate Solder has struggled at left tackle which could cause the Patriots issues if the Eagles are able to get pressure. The Eagles secondary is one that has improved throughout the season and a big part of that has been Jalen Mills. Mills who is a second-round draft pick struggled early on this season but has really picked his game up to go alongside Ronald Darby on the outside and Patrick Robinson out of the slot. The Patriots are going to have to try to find mismatches in this Eagles secondary and Eagles match up very well against the Patriots as Patrick Robinson is the best cornerback on the Eagles and he will be matched up against Danny Amendola who has largely been the best receiver in the playoffs this season. The Patriots may try to expose the Eagles is through the running backs as the Eagles have struggled against receiving tight ends as they allowed 6 receptions for 41 yards per game on the season which was league average in terms of points allowed to running backs on the season. The one area that the Eagles should struggle with the most in this game is with Rob Gronkowski as the Eagles have struggled against elite tight ends. Travis Kelce and Evan Engram who are the two best tight ends that the Eagles have faced both went for 80+ yards this season so if there is one weakness this is likely the weakness that the Patriots will have to take advantage of.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRECYDTDFumLPts
17 vs NYJ 58 0 0 0 0 0
19 vs TEN 74 6 81 1 0 14.1
20 vs JAX 0 1 21 0 0 2.1
21 at PHI 76 9 116 2 0 23.6
21 at PHI PROJ-Dodds * 5 * * * *
21 at PHI PROJ-Tremblay * 5 * * * *
21 at PHI PROJ-Bloom * 6 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 20 vs JAX (3 / 1 / 21 / 0 rec)

Early in the game, Gronk suffered a concussion on a helmet to helmet hit. He was ruled out for the first of the game, and his health will be something to watch over the next two weeks.

2017 Week 19 vs TEN (9 / 6 / 81 / 1 rec)

Gronk had a relatively solid game, and when he was in single coverage, the ball usually went his way. This included his 1 on 1 touchdown which was simply a fade type jump ball. It was fairly obvious where the ball was going at the outset, and the result was as expected. He completely alters the dynamic of the offense even when he isn't putting up 100 yard games due to defensive attention, and this was no different.

2017 Week 17 vs NYJ (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Rob Gronkowski was active and played, but functioned as a blocker. He ran a few routes, but Brady did not target him.

2017 Week 16 vs BUF (7 / 5 / 67 / 1 rec)

Rob Gronkowski led the Patriots in receiving against the Buffalo Bills. Gronkowski was used up the seam and in the middle of the field frequently where he was able to expose a weak Buffalo linebacking corp. He scored a touchdown on a back-shoulder throw that he caught, and tip toed into the end zone along the sideline. Gronkowski's day could have been bigger, as he was interfered with on an end zone target. The pass interference set up a New England rushing touchdown.

2017 Week 15 vs PIT (13 / 9 / 168 / 0 rec)

Star players have a tendency to rise up when it counts, and that's exactly what Rob Gronkowski did against the Steelers. Coming into halftime with roughly 30 yards receiving, Gronk went supernova in the second half, including 3 catches for 69 yards on the final Pats game-winning drive. Gronk beat defenders with regularity, often finding himself two steps ahead of his defender/defenders on nearly every play. His highlight was an Edelman-like shoetop catch with just over a minute remaining in the game, putting the Patriots in eventual scoring position. Almost all his catches were chunk first down gains, and he put his stamp on his march towards becoming the best tight end of all time. This was the element the Patriots sorely lacked against the Dolphins, and with Gronk working the middle of the field at will, the Steelers had no answers.

2017 Week 13 vs BUF (11 / 9 / 147 / 0 rec)

Gronk had a big day against the Bills, routinely ripping off chunk gains and big plays. Even when double covered, he was still targeted relentlessly, and it paid off. However, all that paled in comparison to the cheap shot he laid on a Bills defender who intercepted a pass. The defender was blatantly interfering with Gronk and it wasn't called, so the hit was likely from frustration. Still, it was something that wasn't necessary, and there may be a big fine or even suspension coming.

2017 Week 12 vs MIA (8 / 5 / 82 / 2 rec)

Gronkowski's day started with a pair of incompletions on his targets, but the team still eventually scored on that drive after a fake punt kept it going. He had a pair of big catches over the middle and drug a few tacklers to help set up the team's second score, which was a pass to Gronkowski on a low ball that he did a great job on. Gronkowski scored again in the third quarter on a pass that he juggled but then used excellent footwork to make count for six. Gronkowski is still making excellent plays on the ball in flight and running with strength after the catch.

2017 Week 11 vs OAK (3 / 3 / 36 / 0 rec)

It was a quiet performance for Gronk; he wasn't targeted until midway through the second quarter. Gronkowski had a long play of 14-yard on an out-route where he outmuscled a larger defender for position. While he didn't do any major damage as a receiver, Gronkowski was effective as a run blocker.

2017 Week 10 vs DEN (7 / 4 / 74 / 0 rec)

Though his stat line doesn't look huge, Gronk narrowly missed out on a much bigger one. Tom Brady threw a deep pass to his tight end, and it was called an incompletion. However, the pass likely should have been called complete, though replay was apparently inconclusive for the refs. Regardless, the Broncos paid special attention to Gronk, often double covering him with a safety and linebacker or some combo of two defenders. It did free up other offensive players, which shows how Gronk impacts games even when he doesn't have gaudy touchdown totals.

2017 Week 8 vs LAC (9 / 5 / 57 / 1 rec)

Catching the only Pats touchdown of the day, Gronk had himself a solid if unspectacular day. His touchdown was a short crossing route that saw him fairly open considering he's always draped in coverage in the end zone. Gronk also had a chunk play pass go right through his hands, but made up for it later with a long P.I. call in his favor.

2017 Week 7 vs ATL (7 / 3 / 51 / 0 rec)

Though the stat line wasn't huge thanks to game script and ball spread, Gronk had a few notable plays. His most important may have been blocking for Brandin Cooks's sweep pass, allowing the wide receiver to score. He also had a great diving catch called back due to offensive pass interference, and made another nice snag along the sideline. Bigger days will be ahead in closer games.

2017 Week 6 vs NYJ (10 / 6 / 83 / 2 rec)

After sitting out a short week against the Bucs, Gronk was no worse for wear against the Jets, thoroughly dominating a young secondary. Gronk managed to slam down two end zone spikes, the first on a short out route in 1 on 1 coverage. The second was a 33 yard out and up route that simply saw him beat defenders like we've seen time and time again - with power and deceptive speed. Gronk also had a P.I. call that set up a short touchdown for the Pats, and did have a touchdown go right through his hands, though he made up for his next play. He's back in business and good to go.

2017 Week 4 vs CAR (5 / 4 / 80 / 0 rec)

Gronk didn't have a huge day, as he was covered fairly well by Panthers defenders, who gave him a decent amount of attention as any good defense would. His highlight play was a humorous long defensive pass interference that clearly saw Gronk do a fine acting job to sell the call. Expect him to rebound with better days.

2017 Week 3 vs HOU (10 / 8 / 89 / 1 rec)

Though Gronk had a couple oopsy plays, he still managed to snag several balls, including one for a score. His touchdown was 1 on 1 coverage from 5 yards out, something that probably shouldn't happen. He simply beat his man on an out route and snared the pass for a touchdown. Gronk did have a fumble, but luckily the ball went out of bounds. He also had a big drop on a 3rd and 1 play, but luckily the Patriots salvaged the game. He looked no worse for wear in terms of health, and should be all systems go going forward.

2017 Week 2 vs NO (9 / 6 / 116 / 1 rec)

Gronk was a beast against the Saints until he left the game with a groin injury, which is obviously a concern any time the big tight end is hurt. Until then, he was making contested catches, though his highlight was his long touchdown grab. Gronk beat a linebacker in coverage, then proceeded to break a tackle with solid run after the catch ability. It was a reminder of his sheer ability and a show that when he's on, he's almost impossible to stop. He also had a touchdown slip through his hands, so his day could have been even bigger.

2017 Week 1 vs KC (6 / 2 / 33 / 0 rec)

Gronk was well covered throughout most of the night by Eric Berry. His most notable play was a near touchdown catch that would have been a great diving grab, but upon further review, the ball dislodged itself when he hit the floor. Beyond that, it was a very quiet day, but things will get better soon given the injuries mounting up for the Patriots receiving corps.

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Latest News

Patriots | Rob Gronkowski's retirement thoughts 'real' (Thu Feb 8, 11:53 PM) - New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski's thoughts about retirement ever since the club's loss in Super Bowl 52 on Sunday, Feb. 4, against the Philadelphia Eagles are 'real,' according to Albert Breer of SI.com.

Our View: He's not getting any younger, and the All Pro tight end takes a beating on a weekly basis. Gronkowski has been responsible with his finances, putting away most of his football money and living largely off his endorsement cash. The concussion problems keep piling up for Gronkowski and he may just decide to hang up his cleats. We think he returns for 2018, but that's not a total certainty.
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Patriots | Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski tie record (Tue Feb 6, 12:36 AM) - New England Patriots QB Tom Brady and TE Rob Gronkowski have now connected for 12 touchdown passes in playoff games after Brady hooked up with Gronkowski twice in Super Bowl 52 against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, Feb. 4. That ties them up with retired QB Joe Montana and WR Jerry Rice for the most touchdowns by a quarterback-receiver duo in NFL postseason history.

Our View: With so many changes for the Patriots this offseason, one has to wonder if the duo of Brady/Gronkowski will play in the Super Bowl ever again. We've witnessed a dynasty that will be difficult to duplicate in today's NFL with the New England Patriots. They've been in or near a Super Bowl window for nearly 20 years, but that time may have come to a close.
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Patriots | Rob Gronkowski considering retirement? (Sun Feb 4, 11:43 PM) - New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski said he is going to take a look at his future, following a 41-33 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII. 'I'm going to sit down the next couple of weeks, see where I'm at,' Gronkowski said.

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Patriots | Rob Gronkowski scores twice in loss (Sun Feb 4, 11:00 PM) - New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski caught nine passes on 15 targets for 116 yards and two touchdowns in a 41-33 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII.

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