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TE Rob Gronkowski - New England Patriots

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

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Week 16: at New York Jets

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. This is an AFC East grudge match, so season records aren't really relevant - the Jets and the Patriots play each other tough every time they clash. Their last meeting was in Week Seven, when the Patriots prevailed 27-25 by blocking a last-second field-goal attempt by the Jets. Tom Brady bombed New York with 20/37 for 261 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions with one sack for -1 yards, finding Danny Amendola (three for 1/19/1 receiving) and Shane Vereen (eight for 5/72/2 receiving) for the TD catches. Since Week Seven the Patriots have won six and lost one game thanks to Brady's prowess as a passer - last week, New England threw 21/35 for 287 yards passing, two TDs and one interception against the Dolphins. Rob Gronkowski (eight targets for 3/96/1 receiving), Julian Edelman (10 for 7/88/1) and Brandon LaFell (eight for 6/66/0) combined to handle most of the targets from Brady last week. The Jets' pass D is ranked 20th in the NFL averaging 242.3 net passing yards allowed per game, with 29 passing scores given up vs. a mere five interceptions and 34 sacks generated (tied for next-to-last in the NFL and 13th in the NFL, respectively). Last week, Tennessee managed 16/35 for 253 yards passing, zero TDs or interceptions, with one sack taken for -7 yards. This is a good matchup for the Patriots despite being on the road to MetLife Stadium.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRECYDTDFumL
12 vs DET 5 78 0 0
13 at GB 7 98 0 0
14 at SD 8 87 1 0
15 vs MIA 3 96 1 0
16 at NYJ PROJ-Dodds 6 * * *
16 at NYJ PROJ-Tremblay 6 * * *
16 at NYJ PROJ-Bloom 6 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 13 vs GB (12 / 7 / 98 / 0 rec)

Perhaps the best offensive performer of the day for the Patriots, Gronkowski once again made defenders look like children trying to tackle a grown man. His signature play on the day was shedding an absurd 4 tacklers like ragdolls and nearly scoring before being brought down by a fifth. However, he did miss out on a touchdown catch as he initially caught the pass, but a defender dislodged the ball as he fell to the ground. As usual, a solid day for the fully healthy animal tight end.

2014 Week 14 vs SD (11 / 8 / 87 / 1 rec)

Although there weren't any signature 'drag 4 defender' plays against the Chargers, Gronk was once again a man amongst boys, often operating as Brady's crutch and converting several critical plays for first downs and more. Gronk's touchdown was a simple mismatch, as his defender was a good 9 inches shorter than him. Brady fired a laser up high, Gronk caught it, easy as pie. Gronkowski also had a 35 yard catch and run in a 1 on 1 situation, which was a rarity, as the Chargers bumped Gronkowski and doubled him on nearly every passing play of the game.

2014 Week 15 vs MIA (8 / 3 / 96 / 1 rec)

Though he only had 3 catches, Gronk certainly made the most of them, churning out nearly 100 yards. He could have had much more had Tom Brady not narrowly underthrown him on a deep ball, but to the delight of every Gronk Spike fan out there, the lumbering tight end did score a touchdown. Gronk ran a go route up the seam, and Brady fired an amazingly accurate pass between two defenders as he was getting drilled by a defensive lineman. Gronk caught the ball in the end zone, did his twinkletoes dance, and another spike was in the books. Gronk also caught a 34 yard seam pass to open the second half, which was a big play considering how stagnant the offense had been in the first half. It's also worth noting that Gronkowski made a solid block on LeGarrette Blount's touchdown run, sealing the way for a score.

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Schedule

16@ New York Jets
17vs Buffalo Bills