Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski told reporters on Monday that he’s ready to play Sunday’s opener in Miami even though head coach Bill Belichick didn't seem so convinced. The uncertainty of Gronkowski's status along with his durability and stamina, make TE Tim Wright’s progress this week all the more important.
“You try to get him caught up in terms of the foundation of your terminology and I’m sure he’ll work real hard to do that; he has so far,” OC Josh McDaniels said. “When you start to get into this time of the year, the focus narrows down a little bit to what you’re going to do during the course of the game so there’s not quite as much volume to consider for a new person who hasn’t had an extensive exposure in the system.”
Wright has been impressive in his limited time in New England. We heard all along this trade had little to do with Gronk's status, and at this point it's anyone's guess as to whether or not Gronk plays in Week 1 now. Wright is more of a replacement for Aaron Hernandez at the "move" TE position anyway, but if Gronk can't go, Wright could give QB Tom Brady a target in the middle of the field. Wright's probably not fantasy lineup worthy right now, but is certainly someone to watch as the Pats like their 2 TE formations.