TE Rob Gronkowski - New England Patriots
|6-6, 264||Born: 5-14-1989||College: Arizona||Drafted: Round 2|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 13): It wasn't an illusion. Gronkowski is really all the way back from his ACL tear, which means the Patriots offense appears to be all the way back. He even made it through an injury scare against the Bills. All systems are go for this bona fide fantasy stud.
General News (Fri Oct 17): played 53 of his team's 57 offensive snaps in the Week 7 game against the New York Jets Thursday, Oct. 18. It was the first time all season he has played over 90 percent of the snaps in a game.
General News (Tue Oct 14): is back in full force, according to Tom Brady. Gronkowski played limited snaps in the first four weeks while recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee, but he has emerged in the last few weeks. He had six catches for 100 yards and a touchdown in Week 5 and caught seven passes for 94 yards in Week 6. Gronkowski took some big hits and showed added strength in the game against the Buffalo Bills. "He's a great option out there," Brady said. "So if they don't cover him, he usually gets it. If they put extra guys on him then it frees everybody else up. He's tough to stop. You put a safety on him, he's got size. You put a linebacker on him, he's got speed. He's been that way since he got into the NFL."
Week 7: vs New York Jets
Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Since being humiliated by the Chiefs three games ago, Tom Brady has slung six TDs and zero interceptions with 23/35 for 292 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions vs. Cincinnati two weeks ago and then 27/37 for 361 yards passing, four TDs and zero interceptions at Buffalo last week. Brandon LaFell caught two TDs last week (six targets for 4/97/2), while Rob Gronkowski handled nine targets for 7/94/0 receiving). Julian Edelman was also close to 100 yards receiving, with 12 targets for 9/91/0 receiving. Tim Wright (one for 1/1/1) and Brian Tyms (two for 1/43/1) also scored for the Patriots last week. The Jets' pass D has remained soft during October, with three TDs and zero interceptions allotted to Peyton Manning last week (22/33 for 221 yards passing, with two sacks taken for -16 yards), and three TDs with one interception given out to Philip Rivers two games ago (20/28 for 277 net yards allowed, with three sacks taken for -11 yards). Those are some uniformly bad numbers, friends. Advantage, New England.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 4 vs KC (3 / 2 / 31 / 1 rec)
Rob Gronkowski's day was salvaged by a garbage time touchdown where he dragged a few defenders into the endzone on a slant route. Other than that, the terrible offensive display limited Gronk's looks, which is reflected in the box score. Brady did overthrow Gronkowski on one crossing route that could have netted 15 or 20 yards, but
2014 Week 5 vs CIN (11 / 6 / 100 / 1 rec)
Slowly but surely, Rob Gronkowski is rounding back into form. He played his highest percentage of snaps on the year, looked a bit more lithe, and as we're so used to, caught a touchdown pass from Tom Brady. His 16 yard score was a seam route that saw him fairly open in the middle of the field, and he a defender bounced off him as he ran into the end zone. Gronk also had several other catches in traffic, but more importantly, he was as fired up as anyone on the field, jawing with defenders and at one point even getting an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for some extracurricular activity. The rust isn't completely gone, however, as Gronk dropped 2 or 3 very catchable balls. Still, it was his best game of the season, and he should continue to be a focal point for the offense.
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.
Latest NewsPatriots | Rob Gronkowski nearly goes distance (Fri Oct 17, 07:57 PM) - New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski played 53 of his team's 57 offensive snaps in the Week 7 game against the New York Jets Thursday, Oct. 18. It was the first time all season he has played over 90 percent of the snaps in a game. link to story Patriots | Rob Gronkowski back to full strength? (Tue Oct 14, 02:08 PM) - New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) is back in full force, according to QB Tom Brady. Gronkowski played limited snaps in the first four weeks while recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee, but he has emerged in the last few weeks. He had six catches for 100 yards and a touchdown in Week 5 and caught seven passes for 94 yards in Week 6. Gronkowski took some big hits and showed added strength in the game against the Buffalo Bills. “He’s a great option out there,” Brady said. “So if they don’t cover him, he usually gets it. If they put extra guys on him then it frees everybody else up. He’s tough to stop. You put a safety on him, he’s got size. You put a linebacker on him, he’s got speed. He’s been that way since he got into the NFL.' link to story Patriots | Rob Gronkowski fights through pain (Sun Oct 12, 05:26 PM) - New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (forearm) fought through in a very physical game in Week 6 against the Buffalo Bills. He was injured in the third quarter, and assisted to the sidelines by trainers, but was able to return. He also had his forearm brace replaced during the game. He finished with seven receptions for 94 yards, and also had a touchdown negated by penalty. Our View: Gronkowski's number of snaps each week is trending in the right direction, and he survived a play and reaction that made owners hold their collective breath today. Expect a big game Thursday night against the Jets defense that allowed two scores to Julius Thomas today.
link to story Patriots | Rob Gronkowski sees increased snaps (Fri Oct 10, 10:04 PM) - New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski played 23 more snaps in Week 5 against the Cincinnati Bengals than he had in any game all season. The takeaway is that Gronkowski finally appears to be rounding into his pre-injury form. Our View: Gronkowski is ready to take over and that could make Tom Brady into a viable fantasy QB again.
link to story Patriots | Rob Gronkowski off injury report (Wed Oct 8, 05:20 PM) - New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) is not on the injury report for the team's Week 6 game. Our View: Wow! Gronk was certainly back in Week 5 against the Bengals, and he's a must start for your fantasy team.
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