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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 27): This is the Gronkowski we were promised when he got back to full speed. If he can stay healthy, Gronkowski will deliver playoff berths, and maybe even championships.

General News (Tue Oct 28): left the game early in Week 8 because of dehydration and did not return. No long-term worry there.

Week 9: vs Denver Broncos

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning - a renewal of a fiercely competitive NFL rivalry. EXCITING! The Patriots look rejuvenated along with Rob Gronkowski (nine targets for 9/149/3 receiving vs. Chicago last week). Unlikely lead wide receiver Brandon LaFell has learned the joys of playing with Brady (11 targets for 11/124/1), and Tim Wright is becoming the #2 tight end that makes Brady happy (seven targets for 7/61/1 receiving last week). Brady missed out on just five completions out of 35 passes last week (30/35 for 354 yards passing, five TDs and zero interceptions) as he and his compatriots tuned up for this showdown with Manning and the Broncos. Brady has thrown for more than 350 yards in two of his last three games, and has 12 TD throws during that time span. The Patriots' passing attack is as hot as the Broncos' coming into this epic duel. The Broncos' pass D ranks 17th in the NFL averaging 242.9 net passing yards allowed per game, with 12 passing scores given out balanced by seven interceptions (tied for 13th in the NFL) and 23 sacks (tied for sixth) generated to date. The Patriots have allowed 15 sacks this season (tied-11th in the NFL) so far. Last week, Denver sacked Philip Rivers twice (for -7 yards) and intercepted him twice while allowing 30/41 for 245 net yards passing and three TDs; two weeks ago Colin Kaepernick was sacked six times for -53 yards on the way to 27/46 for 248 net yards, two TDs and one interception thrown by 49er quarterbacks (Blaine Gabbert played late in that 17-42 blowout win for Denver). Brady is hot while the Broncos' pass D is merely mediocre - advantage, New England. Also, the Patriots' backs have a tough matchup against the top-ranked Denver defensive front, so look for Brady to throw early and often in this one.

Recent Stats and Projections

5 vs CIN 6 100 1 0
6 at BUF 7 94 0 0
7 vs NYJ 5 68 0 0
8 vs CHI 9 149 3 0
9 vs DEN PROJ-Dodds 6 * * *
9 vs DEN PROJ-Tremblay 5 * * *
9 vs DEN PROJ-Bloom 7 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 6 vs BUF (9 / 7 / 94 / 0 rec)

Watch out world, Rob Gronkowski is back. After some ramp-up time shaking off rust from his offseason injury protocol, Gronkowski looked better than he has all season, running a variety of routes, catching passes short and deep, and as usual, manhandling defenders left and right. Gronkowski had a solid 18 yard touchdown grab nullified by an offensive holding call, but the Patriots still scored a touchdown two plays later. Gronk took a couple licks, and at one point, exited the game with an upper body injury, but luckily, it wasn't serious. He also had a near fumble, but the play was ruled incomplete upon further review. Those blemishes aside, it was a solid day for the big tight end, his best play being his 30 yard catch where he ran near the sideline for an additional 10 yards.

2014 Week 7 vs NYJ (10 / 5 / 68 / 0 rec)

The good news is that Rob Gronkowski looks like he's back to full health. Contrary to earlier in the season, Gronk looks more fluid and comfortable on the field. He had his patented plays where he bowled over defenders, ran seam and crossing routes, etc. He also dropped a couple catchable passes, though one was a bit low and one was a bit behind him. Sadly, there was no Gronk spike to be had against the Jets, but once again, the big tight end looks to be close to 100%.

2014 Week 8 vs CHI (9 / 9 / 149 / 3 rec)

He's back, and it's terrifying if you're a fan of defense in the NFL. Rob Gronkowski secured all 9 of his targets against the Bears, and the box score speaks for itself, as he manhandled every defender who was near him and looked as fluid and athletic as he has all season. Gronk's first touchdown was a 6 yard route towards the corner of the endzone where Tom Brady threw the ball before Gronkowski turned around, displaying an incredible amount of trust and timing prowess between quarterback and tight end. Gronk's second touchdown was a leaping fade route that he nearly bobbled incomplete from the 2 yard line, but still a great touchdown nonetheless. On both touchdowns, he had 1on1 coverage with defenders much smaller than him, making it all too easy to score. His third touchdown might be the play of the week, as he caught a pass 12 yards down the field, proceeded to have a tackler bounce off him, stiff armed another defender into oblivion, and outran a third defender into the endzone. The combination of raw power and speed is something that perhaps no one else in the NFL possesses. He's back, and as long as he stays healthy, he will be a major focal point of the Patriots offense.


Latest News

Patriots | Rob Gronkowski on hot streak (Wed Oct 29, 02:44 PM) - New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is averaging over 100 yards and one touchdown per game over the last month. QB Tom Brady has shown so much confidence in Gronkowski that he threw to a covered Gronkowski near the goal line for a touchdown in Week 8 instead of an open WR Julian Edelman.

Our View: We've seen Gronkowski's snap count (currently 91 percent) rise steadily since the first two weeks (41 percent) of the season. Brady has a 129.1 passer rating over the last month with Gronkowski on the field. Gronkowski could finish as the number one fantasy TE this week against a Broncos defense that regularly surrenders big games to the position (see Antonio Gates 2 TD performance last week).
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Patriots | Rob Gronkowski left game early (Sun Oct 26, 04:12 PM) - New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (dehydration) left the game early Week 8 because of dehydration and did not return.

Our View: In other words, it was nothing to worry about. With three scores and plenty of Gronkian exploits in the blowout win over the Bears (he was down at the one on another play), Gronkowski's owners can feel like they have the #1 fantasy tight end from here on out.
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Patriots | Rob Gronkowski finds end zone (Sun Oct 26, 02:48 PM) - New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski caught eight passes for 103 yards and two touchdowns in the first half of the team's Week 8 game.

Our View: Gronkowski found the end zone a third time to open the second half, but then went to locker room with a member of the training staff. His owners would be just fine with this being the end of his day as a precaution.
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