TE Rob Gronkowski - New England Patriots
|6-6, 264||Born: 5-14-1989||College: Arizona||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2010|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 3): One week after scoring and being the target of many Tom Brady red zone passes, Gronkowski was barely used in a stocked Patriots offense. He's still a TE1 against Miami, but expectations are low.
General News (Thu Dec 6): is healthy, according to beat writer Mark Daniels, and has been removed from the practice report.
General News (Wed Dec 5): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.
Week 14: at Miami Dolphins
FBG says: Good matchup. Tom Brady is coming off one of his more efficient games of the season, completing 24 of 32 passes for 311 yards with one touchdown and one interception. The yardage total was his fourth-highest total of the year, and his 75% completion percentage was his second best game in that regard. In his first meeting against the Dolphins, Brady threw for 274 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions, but he was also without Julian Edelman, and Josh Gordon was just getting his feet wet in the New England offense. Gordon has had at least 70 receiving yards or a touchdown in four consecutive weeks. Edelman is starting to come on as of late, averaging 6.2 receptions for 77.6 yards in his last five games, but he has only one touchdown over that span after catching two touchdowns in his first three games of the year. James White continues to be the Patriots most dangerous receiver and is coming off a seven catch, 92-yard performance against Minnesota. White has at least five catches in nine of his 12 games this year and has eclipsed 65+ receiving yards six times. Rob Gronkowski has been a disappointment this year, as it finally looks as though the injuries he has faced throughout his career have caught up to him. He is not creating separation like we have grown accustomed to seeing, and with a much more balanced Patriots attack, he is not seeing the volume that he has in year's past. The Patriots offensive line has been fantastic this year, allowing only 16 sacks on the season while also leading the league in adjusted sack rate (3.7%). The Miami passing defense has been a source of pride for the Dolphins in 2018, as their run defense has been among the leagues worst, yet their secondary is a big part of why the Dolphins are currently 6-6. The Dolphins suffered a big blow as Xavien Howard is out with a knee injury which could create major issues for this Dolphins secondary. The Dolphins rely on turnovers as they rank second in this category behind only the Chicago Bears, and they are tied for 1st in touchdown to interception ratio, allowing 23 passing touchdowns to 19 interceptions. This is even more impressive when you consider that Deshaun Watson lit them up for five touchdowns (with no interceptions), so if you take out that one outlier game, Miami has forced more interceptions than they've given up touchdowns. The Dolphins rank 15th in total passing yards allowed at 267 yards per game but have not allowed many big games, having given up 300+ passing yards only three times on the season. They will have their hands full this week against a Patriots offense that can beat them regardless of whether Miami slows down the pace of the game. Without Howard, this is a completely different defense that should not be feared and one that could be in for a long game this week.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24
Rob Gronkowski's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 13 vs MIN (4 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)
A fairly quiet day once again for Gronk against the Vikings. The big tight end isn't running with the same fluidity he has in seasons past, which makes one wonder if injuries are taking a toll on his body. Still, the only concern for him and the Pats is once again the playoffs, so don't be surprised if he's treated lightly until then.
2018 Week 12 vs NYJ (7 / 3 / 56 / 1 rec)
The big news of the day was another Gronk spike after a multi-week back injury. On the play, Gronk split two defenders up the seam, and caught the ball while getting hit by a defender. Tom Brady also looked Gronk's way on several other end zone targets, though those were much more questionable decisions, including one where Gronk had to play "defense" and bat at a ball heading towards a defender. Still, the hope is he came out of the week healthy.
2018 Week 8 vs BUF (8 / 3 / 43 / 0 rec)
If not for a great grab that was literally plucked away from a defender, Gronk's night would have been eerily quiet. The catch set the Pats up for a 1 yard rushing score. He did see his second red zone target of the year, but wasn't able to score. Though he sat out a week with a back issue, one wonders if Gronk's health is affecting his play, though obviously defenses do pay special attention to him.
2018 Week 6 vs KC (4 / 3 / 97 / 0 rec)
Though he only had 3 catches, Gronk's two biggest plays were in the 4th quarter. On one, Brady faked into the backfield before hitting Gronk for a massive gain up the left side seam. The second was what set up the Pats for their last second field goal with a deep toss and catch to the big man. Though he isn't getting the red zone treatment he's used to seeing, Gronk is still dominant with the ball in his hands, and had key blocks multiple times during the game.
2018 Week 5 vs IND (7 / 6 / 75 / 0 rec)
With Julian Edelman back, Gronk was able to get free on several routes for a change, often resulting in the big chunk plays we are accustomed to seeing from him. He did have a drop that resulted in an interception, but that won't be an issue going forward. It's all steam ahead for the big man, who should have bbetter stat lines ahead.
2018 Week 4 vs MIA (7 / 4 / 44 / 0 rec)
Though he didn't have a big day, the news for Gronk was that he left the game in the third quarter with an ankle injury. Obviously this bears monitoring. The Dolphins paid very close attention to him, as he was double covered on several plays, yet still made tight window catches.
2018 Week 3 vs DET (5 / 4 / 51 / 0 rec)
With absolutely no other weapons in the passing game, Gronk was double and tripled teamed all night. He did drop a diving catch, but there wasn't much else he could do. It was odd that more plays weren't specifically dialed up for him, but the play calling was simply bad.
2018 Week 2 vs JAX (4 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
Gronk was bottled up for most of the day by a great defense, though there were a couple obvious no-calls on his defenders. Tom Brady also missed a couple 1 on 1 shots, and though there is no guarantee, a shot to Gronk with 1 on 1 coverage is always decent money to pay off. Part of the issue was the Jags pass rush, which often gave Tom Brady no time to throw. Gronk will have better days ahead, and we all know that.
2018 Week 1 vs HOU (8 / 7 / 123 / 1 rec)
To absolutely no one's surprise, Gronk was Tom Brady's top target, catching multiple chunk seam passes and scoring a touchdown to boot. His score was a nice deep back shoulder throw in double coverage that saw Gronk simply snare the ball away from defenders and narrowly prance into the end zone for a score. The big blemish on the day was that he fumbled a ball, and Jeremy Hill was hurt chasing the fumble. Still, he will be the focal point of the offense for at least the next few weeks.
Latest NewsPatriots | Rob Gronkowski surpasses 100-yard mark (Sun Dec 9, 04:34 PM) - New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski caught eight passes for 107 yards and one touchdown against the Miami Dolphins in Week 14. Our View: Gronkowski looked as good as he has since Week 1. Any teams that are still alive with Gronkowski will likely start him against the Steelers next week.
link to story Patriots | Week 14 injury report for New England (Fri Dec 7, 03:25 PM) - New England Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore (ankle) was limited in practice Friday, Dec. 7, and is listed as questionable for Week 14 against the Miami Dolphins. TE Dwayne Allen (knee) was upgraded to a full practice Friday but is listed as questionable. QB Tom Brady (knee) and TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle, back) were not given official practice designations Friday but do not appear on the injury report. S Patrick Chung (shoulder) returned to a full practice Friday and was also removed from the injury report. Our View: Gilmore's injury is new. He might be in danger of missing the game, which would make DeVante Parker a more interesting desperation play for Week 14.
link to story Patriots | Rob Gronkowski fully practices (Thu Dec 6, 04:43 PM) - New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle, back) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 6, and has been removed from the injury report for Week 14. Our View: This does give some reassurance about Gronkowski's status for Week 14, but he is still only a low ceiling TE1 in a fully-stocked Patriots offense.
link to story Patriots | Rob Gronkowski listed as limited (Wed Dec 5, 06:06 PM) - New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle, back) was limited during practice Wednesday, Dec. 5. link to story Patriots | Rob Gronkowski does very little (Sun Dec 2, 10:56 PM) - New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski was limited to just three grabs for 26 yards on four targets in Week 13 against the Minnesota Vikings. link to story More News
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