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TE Rob Gronkowski - New England Patriots

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

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He is listed as probable on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 8): Gronkowski wasn't himself on Sunday vs. Miami, but he still played almost half of the snaps, got double digit targets, and ended up with a perfectly fine for a fantasy tight end 4-40-1 stat line. As he knocks off more rust, he'll get back to elite TE1 form. The good news is that clock started in Week 1, and the ride back to good old Gronk shouldn't be too rocky.

General News (Fri Sep 12): partially participated in Friday's practice but is still expected to play this weekend.

General News (Thu Sep 11): partially participated in Thursday's practice.

General News (Wed Sep 10): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

Week 2: at Minnesota Vikings

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Tom Brady threw the ball 56 times in Miami last week, but didn't get over 250 yards passing even with that volume, managing 29/56 for 249 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown, while taking four sacks for -23 yards during the contest. Julian Edelman saw eight passes for 6/95/0 receiving, while Rob Gronkowski lived up to his red-zone reputation with 11 targets for 4/40/1 receiving in his first game action since tearing up his knee/having corrective surgery. We'll see him increase his reception percentage as he works his way back into football shape/in rhythm with Brady after an extended absence from the field. Kenbrell Thompkins (10 for 5/37/0) and Shane Vereen (eight for 5/35/0) were both also heavily targeted by Brady in Week One. The Vikings' pass D crushed the Rams' backup and reserve quarterbacks in Week One, holding St. Louis to 24/36 for 246 yards passing, zero TDs and two interceptions, with five sacks for -27 yards. The pass D ranked 30th in the NFL last season (tied with Dallas), averaging 287 net passing yards allowed per game. They gave away a league-worst 37 passing scores during 2013, vs. 12 interceptions (tied for 24th in the NFL) and 41 sacks (tied for 13th) generated. They played much better than the above at Kansas City during the third preseason game, holding Alex Smith to 14/24 for 140 yards passing, zero TDs and two interceptions thrown, with three sacks taken for -19 yards. Given how bad things were last year, only allowing 246 yards passing to the Rams' backup quarterbacks was an improvement. Brady has his favorite tight end back in the lineup, but the offensive line had trouble protecting him last week, and the Vikings were a sack-happy bunch during Week One. On balance, this looks like a neutral matchup for the visiting New England squad.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at MIA 4 40 1 0
2 at MIN 4 32 0 0
2 at MIN PROJ-Dodds 6 * * *
2 at MIN PROJ-Tremblay 6 * * *
2 at MIN PROJ-Bloom 6 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs MIA (11 / 4 / 40 / 1 rec)

Rob Gronkowski made his 2014 debut in Week 1, and though he was a target monster thanks to an odd Patriots game plan, many of those targets were low quality or throwaways. It's also clear that Gronkowski isn't back to 100% playing shape, as he looked stiffer when running than usual. The Dolphins made sure to double cover Gronkowski most of the game, and combined with the rust, it created plenty of inefficiencies. The lone bright spot for Gronk came on a touchdown reception. Split out wide being covered by the undersized Brent Grimes, Gronkowski ran a simple crossing route and played pitch and catch with Tom Brady. As we've all heard before, Gronkowski makes his mark in the red zone, and his touchdown catch highlighted just that.


Latest News

Patriots | Rob Gronkowski probable (Fri Sep 12, 05:26 PM) - New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) was limited during practice Friday, Sept. 12, and is listed as probable for Week 2.

Our View: Gronkowski seems to have suffered no setbacks in his Week 1 debut, and he should only get better as the season goes on.
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Patriots | Rob Gronkowski limited in practice (Thu Sep 11, 04:38 PM) - New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) was limited again in practice Thursday, Sept. 11.

Our View: Yep, this will be the normal report for Gronk almost every day of practice. If he plays, you start him -- period.
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Patriots | Rob Gronkowski remains limited (Wed Sep 10, 05:19 PM) - New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) was limited in practice Wednesday, Sept. 10.

Our View: In other news, water is wet. Gronkowski should be limited in practice all week--maybe even all year--long. Let's make this simple: if Gronkowski plays (regardless of being on any sort of "play count") he needs to be in your lineup.
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Patriots | Rob Gronkowski delivers (Mon Sep 8, 08:46 AM) - New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) had four catches for 40 yards and a touchdown in Week 1. He played 44 percent of the snaps in Week 1.

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Patriots | Rob Gronkowski will play (Sun Sep 7, 10:26 AM) - New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) will play in the team's Week 1 game. According to a league source.

Our View: Gronkowski played about half of the snaps in his return to the field last year and had eight catches for over 100 yards. He's good to go unless you have an elite option to play over him.
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