Rookie Roundup: Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski

Will Rob Gronkowski be the Patriots much needed red-zone TE threat?

Second in a series of seven by NEPD Staff Writer Jerry F.

When the Patriots emptied out their Tight End roster from 2009 releasing Ben Watson and Chris Baker, it was pretty obvious they planned a complete overhaul of that position.

The Patriots took a risk on the 6-6,  265 pound,  Gronkowski when they picked him in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Gronkowski entered the draft early, despite him missing  the entire 2009 college season with a lingering back injury.

He was voted third team All American in 2008 when he caught 47 passes for 672 yards and 10 TD’s, while missing 3 games due to illness. This, coupled with the fact that he was able to pass a rigorous physical examination by the New England Patriots convinced them to take a chance on him.

After going without a catch in the first preseason game against the Saints, as he was primarily used as a blocker, Gronkowski really made his mark in the second preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons, catching 4 passes for 38yards and a touchdown.

Even though it seems like fellow rookie tight end Aaron Hernandez is the primary pass-catching TE, ‘Gronk’ has the opportunity to excel in the Patriots offense with Tom Brady at the helm. Brady is known for spreading the ball around and Gronkowski helps take away some of the predictability that doomed the Bill O’Brien offense last season.

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7 Responses to “Rookie Roundup: Rob Gronkowski”

  1. Jared says:

    Thanks for the advice Jim…your all over me. I know Randy Moss and wes Welker are “technically” play different positions on the field, one in the slot, the other as a wideout. but with all do respect Mr.Technicality….if im talking about Moss or Welker, im going to talk about the other.
    PS-JIM…these guys are both rookie TE’s, get used to hearing them mentioned in the same breath. im not the first, and I definately wont be the last.

  2. Jared says:

    I think right now…Gronkowski is a tough evaluation. He has all the physocal skills, but after that, lot of question marks. He missed last year due to a serious back surgery, and he played in a totally different system in college. A.Hernandez I think has been seeing more time with Tom Brady, but that may not be that Gronk is behind…but that Hernandez is ahead.

    • JerryF says:

      IMO Hernandez is probably going to get more shine in this offense because he seems to be more featured in the passing game than Gronkowski.Hernandez is probably going to be like a Dallas Clark who is more like an extra WR out there and can also line up in the backfield to create mismatches for LB’s.However Gronkowski is still going to get his looks especially in the end/red zone.hopefully he can stay healthy.

      • AP says:

        I love that we drafted both these guys. I was rereading some old Sporting News about the draft – interesting to see what they said 6 months ago and to see progress now. It read how the Patriots needed a TE and would be lucky to get Gronk OR Hernandez… Great to get both! We have a complete TE in Gronk, Receiver in Hernandez, and a blocker in Crumpler… great TE’s this year -this will make a HUGE difference in the offense… especially the running game – which has looked great in preseason against the number 1′s… 2′s.. AND 3′s!

    • JimC says:

      Jared,

      They are two completelt different players. You cannot compare the two. Gronk is a complete blocking/passing tightend. He will line up most of the time next to the tackles. Hernandez on the other hand is more of an H-Back, sort of like Dallas Clark lining up off the line and closer to the receivers. Comparing the two would be like comparing a safety and and a cornerback even though they both are defensive backs.

    • JimC says:

      Jared,

      They are two completely different players. You cannot compare the two. Gronk is a complete blocking/passing tightend. He will line up most of the time next to the tackles. Hernandez on the other hand is more of an H-Back, sort of like Dallas Clark lining up off the line and closer to the receivers. Comparing the two would be like comparing a safety and and a cornerback even though they both are defensive backs.

  3. Patriots Draft Guru says:

    SAMURAI!






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