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TE Rob Gronkowski - New England Patriots

6-6, 264Born: 5-14-1989College: ArizonaDrafted: Round 2, pick 2010

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General News (Tue Jan 29): said he is not sure if Super Bowl LIII will be the last game of his career. Gronkowski is the "best tight end in the game -- still," Los Angeles Rams cornerback Aqib Talib said Tuesday, Jan. 29.

General News (Sun Jan 27): could retire after Super Bowl LIII, according to some speculation, and Gronkowski's bother, Chris, said Friday, Jan. 25, that he can't shed any light on the situation. "I think that's a question that I don't think anybody actually knows the answer to at this point," Chris Gronkowski said in a video interview posted by TMZ Sports. "There's so many emotions going throughout a season, throughout an offseason, throughout a game. I think that's probably the last thing on anybody's mind right now. I couldn't tell you. I don't even think at this point that he knows what he's going to do after this season."

General News (Tue Jan 22): was on the field for all 97 offensive snaps during the AFC Championship game.

General News (Mon Jan 21): will mull retirement this offseason, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, and instead of pursuing a WWE wrestling career, movies/acting would be a likelier choice.

Week 21: at Los Angeles Rams

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Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRECYDTDFumLPts
17 vs NYJ 55 2 24 0 0 2.4
19 vs LAC 77 1 25 0 0 2.5
20 at KC 97 6 79 0 0 7.9
21 at LAR 0 6 87 0 0 8.7
21 at LAR PROJ-Dodds * 4 * * * *
21 at LAR PROJ-Tremblay * 4 * * * *
21 at LAR PROJ-Bloom * 3 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24

Percentile ranks

Rob Gronkowski's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 20 vs KC (11 / 6 / 79 / 0 rec)

It's been a down year for Gronk, but for at least one game, he looked like his dominant self. His biggest catch was on a 3rd and 5 in overtime on a play that apparently wasn't even in the playbook prior to the morning of the game, highlighting the mind-meld between QB and TE. Gronk also had a couple catches with decent RAC, which is something we haven't seen as much of this year. He's healthy for the Super Bowl, which is all the Pats can ask for right now.

2018 Week 19 vs LAC (1 / 1 / 25 / 0 rec)

Though he's definitely not what he was in the passing game, Gronk still absolutely mauled the Chargers on several plays as a blocker, helping spring Sony Michel to a big day. He did look like vintage Gronk on his lone catch, but he's not beating defenders on routes like he used to.

2018 Week 17 vs NYJ (2 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)

Gronk blocked well, but was used sparingly in the passing game, as has been a theme in several games this season. His health is the biggest factor going into the playoffs, though, and though he isn't the same Gronk from a fluidity standpoint, he's still an extremely important part of the offense, particularly from a blocking perspective.

2018 Week 16 vs BUF (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Rob Gronkowski had a forgettable game against the Buffalo Bills, as he went without a catch in the fantasy football championship week. Gronkowski struggled to separate on an out and up route and was later targeted on a short route that went through his hands for an interception. Gronkowski drew a defense pass interference on a slant route but was otherwise not a threat in the offense. Gronkowski will look to rebound next week against the Jets.

2018 Week 15 vs PIT (5 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)

In previous match-up's the Steelers were dominated by Gronkowski. Over the previous three seasons Gronkowski has amassed 18 receptions, 355 yards, and 4 touchdowns. In Week 15 of 2018 Gronkowski didn't see his first reception until the fourth quarter of the game. Gronkowski may not be running with the same fluidity of previous years, but he can still GRONK SMASH. In the fourth quarter on 3rd and 8 Gronkowski caught a short pass over the middle and drug two defenders to convert the third down.

2018 Week 14 vs MIA (8 / 8 / 107 / 1 rec)

The healthiest he's looked this season, Gronk had a good day at the office, catching a red zone score and taking a shot to the back by a defender looking no worse for wear. His red zone score was nice placement up high by Tom Brady, and Gronk was beating his defenders on more than just that play. His health is a critical part of the Pats' success, and eyes will continue to look towards the playoffs for Gronk.

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.

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Latest News

Patriots | Rob Gronkowski a stadium regular (Sun Feb 17, 12:28 PM) - New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski has visited the team's facilities at Gillette Stadium multiple times since Super Bowl LIII, and one Patriots beat reporter sees that as a 'reflection of his being in a good place with how the season ended, both team-wise and personally.'

Our View: Gronkowski may not be considering retirement just yet. The Patriots have him under contract for one more season. Gronkowski has a cap number of $11.8 million in 2019 with $2 million remaining in dead money. We'll be watching his status this offseason.
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