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TE Rob Gronkowski - New England Patriots

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

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General News (Thu Feb 4): did not require surgery on his knee or back.

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Recent Stats and Projections

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17 at MIA 55 2 18 0 0 1.8
19 vs KC 53 7 83 2 0 20.3
20 at DEN 75 8 144 1 0 20.4

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 20 vs DEN (15 / 8 / 144 / 1 rec)

Gronk was the only thing that worked well for the Patriots offense. He scored their lone passing touchdown, was almost the sole cause for the Patriots moving down the field despite heavy coverage, and caught several contested balls against a defense that constantly double covered him, as the Broncos rarely blitzed. Gronk's day could have been bigger, but he was clearly banged up during the second half, taking himself out at times for treatment. Gronk is still the best tight end in the league, and the only player who showed up to truly play against the Broncos for the offense.

2015 Week 19 vs KC (8 / 7 / 83 / 2 rec)

Back injury? Knee injury? Forget about it. The big tight end dominated the Chiefs to the tune of a couple big catches and two touchdowns. Gronk converted a 3rd and 14 early with the help of Tom Brady, as Brady eluded pressure and was able to convert. Gronk's first touchdown was a hitch/stick route in single coverage, so no surprise that he won that matchup. His second touchdown was thanks to a beautiful Brady pump fake that drew coverage away from Gronk. He should be all systems go next week.

2015 Week 17 vs MIA (7 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)

Gronk was targeted plenty, but wasn't getting his usual separation. The Dolphins defense played him well, and on many of his routes, the throws were rushed thanks to pressure on Tom Brady. As a result, Gronk had a few narrow misses, but ultimately had a bad day at the office. Things should be better in a couple weeks.

2015 Week 16 vs NYJ (6 / 4 / 86 / 0 rec)

Though the Jets covered him well, Gronk was able to get a couple crucial catches, including a monster 4th down conversion late in the game that saw him take a huge hit and still hang onto the ball. He also had a beautiful deep lob connection with Tom Brady, and a narrow miss on a flea flicker. Gronk is going to be the obvious focal point for defenses with the Patriots offensive weapons on the mend, but this should change in the playoffs.

2015 Week 15 vs TEN (11 / 5 / 54 / 1 rec)

It was actually not a great day for Gronk, as he dropped several passes he would normally catch. However, true to form, the big tight end roasted a linebacker in the end zone on an out route for a score, as he continues to be the best red zone weapon in the NFL. Gronk was also back to a full complement of snaps, a great sign for his health.

2015 Week 14 vs HOU (4 / 4 / 87 / 1 rec)

The big man is back, and it showed. Gronk had two huge catch and runs, beating defenders with ease. His touchdown was a corner fade against a safety, which is likely going to be a touchdown more often than not. Gronk didn't play every snap, but he looked fairly comfortable, even blocking defensive ends 1 on 1 at a couple points.

2015 Week 12 vs DEN (10 / 6 / 88 / 1 rec)

Rob Gronkowski was having a big day until Darian Stewart decided to throw one too many cheapshots his way. The Broncos safety was repeatedly diving at Gronk's knees, and on one of the hits after a catch, Gronk immediately went down in a heap and writhed around in pain. It remains to be seen if the injury is serious or not, but regardless, it has huge ramifications on the Patriots and their season. Gronk had double digit targets prior to going down, as the Broncos curiously singled him at times in terms of coverage. Gronk's touchdown was a long curl route that saw him slip a couple defenders and waltz into the endzone early in the game. Tom Brady also missed him on a crossing route that could have gonee for a large gain. Gronk was also called for a critical offensive pass interference called that seemed to be extremely tickytack, as even the TV commentators mentioned how it shouldn't have been called. Regardless, the big issue here is Gronk's health.

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.

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Latest News

Patriots | No surgery for Rob Gronkowski (Thu Feb 4, 04:07 PM) - New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee, back) did not require surgery on his knee or back, according to a source.

Our View: That's a plus for Gronkowski and his knee. We expect him to be the top fantasy tight end again next year.
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Panthers | Greg Olsen excels on deep passes (Thu Feb 4, 01:25 PM) - Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen has 22 receptions on passes thrown between 15 and 30 yards downfield in 2015 (including playoffs), the most since New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski and former New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham each had 21 in 2011.

Our View: Olsen is going to get a lot of attention from Denver this weekend but you can expect him to get his no matter what. Olsen is Cam Newton's biggest weapon, and if he's successful the Panthers should be as well.
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