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 (Tue Nov 24): There's no sugar-coating this for Gronkowski owners. The lack of weapons in the passing game is making shutting him down easier, and the offensive line issues is making using him as a blocker more attractive. There's still no tight end you want more going forward, but expectations are being lowered every game.
Week 12: at Denver Broncos
Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Tom Brady got hit a good bit by Buffalo, but he kept grinding down the Bills' defense and eventually the game opened up a bit - on the day Brady threw 20/39 for 277 net passing yards, one TD and one interception. Without Julian Edelman on the field, Danny Amendola (12 targets for 9/117/0 receiving) and Brandon LaFell (eight for 4/66/0) led the receiving corps in targets, while Rob Gronkowski faced a lot of coverage and managed just 2/37/0 out of seven chances. It wasn't the most explosive game Brady ever played, but the Patriots wound up with a 'W' anyway. The Broncos' pass D is ranked first in the NFL averaging 190.6 net passing yards allowed per game, they are first in the NFL with just eight passing scores given out to date, and have generated 34 sacks (first in the NFL). The team also has 10 interceptions so far (tied for 11th in the NFL). Over the past four weeks (four games), this team is fourth-least in fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks (15.9 on average); eighth-least in fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends (5.9); and is third-least in the league in fantasy points given out to opposing wide receivers (11.9). Any way you slice it these guys are dominant pass defenders. Last week Jay Cutler posted 18/32 for 261 net yards passing, zero TDs and one interception thrown against Denver - in Chicago. This is a tough matchup for any NFL quarterback this season.
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Recent Game Summaries
2015 Week 11 vs BUF (7 / 2 / 37 / 0 rec)
The Bills knew Gronk was by far Tom Brady's best weapon, and double and tripled teamed him while constantly bumping him all day. As a result, he was largely ineffective. He did drop one or two passes, but he was simply bottled up by a great defensive gameplan and an offensive line that didn't allow Tom Brady time to get Gronk the ball.
2015 Week 10 vs NYG (7 / 5 / 113 / 1 rec)
It was an unusually quiet day for Gronk until he caught the longest touchdown of his career. Gronk ran in a straight line from the left side of the formation, beat his cornerback with his surprising speed, shed the safety trying to tackle him, and raced to the endzone for a game-changing play. He also had a great shoetop catch and was flagged for an offensive pass interference penalty.
2015 Week 9 vs WAS (5 / 4 / 47 / 0 rec)
A quiet day for the big tight end as Tom Brady spread the ball around and Gronk had to block more than normal due to the running game's success. Gronk was targeted in the end zone on a missed fade, but beyond that, this was one of his quieter days.
2015 Week 8 vs MIA (9 / 6 / 113 / 1 rec)
The one dubbed 'Gronk' had a huge day for the Patriots, his biggest play being a 47 yard touchdown toss to open the game up. Gronk caught a ball down the middle, shed a defender like it was nothing, and raced down the sideline showing off great speed for a man his size. Brandon LaFell also threw a key block on the play to help Gronk score. It's worth noting that the Dolphins single covered Gronk on several plays, something that isn't usually seen. Part of this explains his big day, but he did have a couple passes his way where coverage was surprisingly tight. Still, Gronk remains the Patriots' best weapon, and that won't change.
2015 Week 7 vs NYJ (16 / 11 / 108 / 1 rec)
You can't stop him. You can only hope to contain him. That was the theme of the day against the Jets, a day which saw Gronk repeatedly catching balls and dragging defenders behind him like ragdolls. Gronk could have had a much bigger day if not for an overthrown deep ball, but luckily he still got his spike in. On the play, the Jets did an all-out blitz of Tom Brady, leaving Gronk uncovered. This allowed the big guy who almost walk in for a 15 yard score, and chances are he won't see many touchdowns that easy in his career.
2015 Week 6 vs IND (5 / 3 / 50 / 1 rec)
The Colts devoted a ton of resources to containing Rob Gronkowski, even using their premier pass rushers to chip Gronk before rushing the quarterback. As a result, Gronk was shut out in the first half, and had a relatively quiet day besides his touchdown. No one was near Gronk at the outset of the play, and he simply raced to the endzone as a defender or two may have made a Žbusiness decision' to not bother to try to stop the big guy.
2015 Week 5 vs DAL (5 / 4 / 67 / 0 rec)
Gronk had a slow first half, as did most of the Patriots passing attack, as Tom Brady was under pressure almost every dropback. However, he came alive on the opening drive of the second half, securing two catches and doing the usual defender-dragging and beasting all over the place. His low target count was due to the short passing attack plan of the Patriots and the game being a blowout for much of the second half.
2015 Week 3 vs JAX (7 / 4 / 101 / 0 rec)
Everyone's favorite tight end had a relatively quiet day by his standards, reeling in a mere 4 catches and not scoring a touchdown. However, his passes were all chunk plays, as he had over 100 yards on those 4 catches. Gronk ran plenty of seam routes, including a 43 yard gain on New England's opening drive. He also drew a pass interference in the end zone, setting up a 1 yard touchdown run. Though his stat line didn't show it, Gronk was still operating at his normal high level.
2015 Week 2 vs BUF (13 / 7 / 113 / 1 rec)
The best tight end in the league once again showed why he gets that title, putting on a clinic against the Bills. The game started off with a 36 yard completion to Gronk up the seam for the Patriots, and snowballed from there. Gronk's touchdown saw him start in a tight run formation, then flex out wide to 1 on 1 coverage. As always, Gronk won the 1 on 1 battle, and scored on an easy slant from 2 yards out. Gronk had other chunk plays, including a 27 yard catch, and is once again one of the most important pieces in the Patriots offense.
2015 Week 1 vs PIT (8 / 5 / 94 / 3 rec)
No preseason snaps? No problem. Gronkowski came out and absolutely humiliated the Steelers, though at times coverage schemes on him were questionable considering all the pre-game talk about jamming him and getting in his face. His first touchdown had him split wide right and uncovered, which probably isn't the smartest thing to do against one of history's best tight ends. Gronk caught a short pass, and YAC'd the rest into the end zone, avoiding a tackle or two along the way as always. Gronk's second score was play action from 6 yards out in a heavy tight end set, where he simply had to snare a ball that was thrown high into his mitts. His third touchdown saw him start in a run formation initially, then split out left. This left a linebacker covering him, and though the linebacker panicked and motioned to the defense when he realized the mismatch, the defense didn't send any help over. Bad idea, as Gronk easily beat the backer on a fade route. Just another day at the office.
Latest NewsPatriots | Rob Gronkowski held in check (Tue Nov 24, 01:46 AM) - New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski had just two receptions for 37 yards in the Week 11 game against the Buffalo Bills Monday, Nov. 23. He was targeted seven times. link to story Patriots | Rob Gronkowski won't change style (Thu Nov 19, 05:40 PM) - New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski, who leads the NFL with four offensive pass interference calls this year, said he won't change his playing style to avoid penalties. 'I'm not doing anything wrong,' Gronkowski said. 'I'm playing football. ... I'm not changing my style.' He was penalized twice for pass interference twice last year over the full season. Our View: Why should he? Sure, he'll get called for offensive pass interference on occasion but more often than not he won't and will just bowl over the defense. His physical style of play is part of his charm and part of what makes him a TE1 every week.
link to story Patriots | Bills plan to take Rob Gronkowski out (Thu Nov 19, 12:10 PM) - New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski had seven catches for 113 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting in a win over the Buffalo Bills this year, and he'll become more of a focus for Buffalo's defense in Week 11 with WR Julian Edelman (foot) out. 'We got a game plan to take him out of the game,' Bills CB Stephon Gilmore said. 'We're gonna be ready for him.' The Bills blitzed QB Tom Brady only 30% of snaps in the first meeting, so Buffalo could have a plan to put more pressure on him. Brady averages an NFL-low 2.13 seconds per pass, according to ESPN Stats and Information. Our View: Lots of teams plan that. Everyone knows what he can do. But there's many a slip twixt a cup and a lip as they said in the western classic "Young Guns" and planning is nothing if you don't execute. We still have Gronkowski as a top TE1 play this week.
link to story Patriots | Rob Gronkowski has another big game (Sun Nov 15, 09:43 PM) - New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski had five catches for 113 yards and a touchdown in a 27-26 win over the New York Giants in Week 10. Our View: Gronk's 76-yard deep ball touchdown was a thing of beauty of toughness. He's going to be even more crucial with Julian Edelman out.
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