Lorenzo Reyes of the USA Today attended Patriots training camp. These are his thoughts about TE Rob Gronkowski:
I was impressed with how Gronkowski moved just seven-and-a-half months after his surgery. The tight end was held out of 11-on-11 and seven-on-seven drills, but otherwise, was a full participant.
He cut, planted and jumped in the first practice of training camp. Gronkowski appeared to be a step or two slower than his mid-season form, but with more repetitions he should continue to strengthen his knee and increase the amount of things he can do on the field. His speed should follow.
Perhaps unfairly, Gronkowski received a reputation for being a slow healer after his back and forearm injuries kept him out of the first six games of last season. Based on this first practice of training camp, however, it looks like he can be on target to start the season opener, provided he doesn’t suffer any setbacks.
All signs are pointing to Gronk being available for Week 1, but he will only be eight months into his rehab in early September, so don't be surprised if he has a setback or two.