It doesn’t look like they’ll find themselves in the same predicament this time around. Gronkowski said Monday that he’s been given the green light to play against the Dolphins in the opening weekend of the regular season.
“Super excited. Super pumped,” Gronkowski said, via Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com. “I feel mentally and physically ready, for sure.”
Gronkowski added that he won’t be playing every snap, saying that he hopes to get his “feet wet” against Miami before taking on a bigger role in the coming weeks, the story said. It's great news for owners and Gronk is still worth starting Week 1 despite likely not seeing a full workload. His time on the field should come in red zone and scoring situations. The Dolphins ranked 29th last year in terms of giving up points to TEs.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 6:33pm
The "move" position is often lined up off the line of scrimmage or split out wide as a sort of bulky, physical receiver. As the name implies, the player moves across the formation a good deal, utilizing the option to have that tight end block and changing the angles from which that block can come. Putting the tight end in different positions also helps to expose opening in the interior passing game.
Wright has struggled to block this preseason and was buried on the Bucs depth chart. But the article says the Patriots will likely be counting on Wright to contribute early as a threat in the interior passing game, particularly as a complement to Gronkowski. It goes on to say, at the very least, the offense needs a player who can be a legitimate threat to run down the seam while taking some pressure off the team's outside receivers. Whether Wright can establish himself as a complimentary redzone threat remains to be seen, it went on. His fantasy value is also in question, but certainly seemsm to have some potential at least in deeper leagues. Wright may not be Hernandez but it seems like he could give the Pats more looks in two TE formations.
All offseason we've heard about the Patriots not having much depth at tight end behind Rob Gronkowski and could figure to use another receiving option at the position. Despite falling out of favor in TB, Wright could be just what the Pats need. This shouldn't have as much to do with Gronkowski's status to start the season as it does about depth and having a second TE option. Wright now has some fantasy potential depending on how many two TE sets the Pats go back to. He's no Aaron Hernandez (as a player), but as a converted WR he can do some of the same things at the "move" TE position. For the Bucs, the trade gives the team a good guard to shore up an offensive line that has been struggling in the preseason. This should bode well for Doug Martin.
The Patriots don’t need a fourth preseason game. After two games of 30-point performances (yes, even in exhibition games) you can tell that Tom Brady and the gang are ready to kick tail this fall. On Friday, they racked up 405 yards of offense, 22 first downs, and ran 67 plays while Brady continued to be his super efficient, almost deity like self, completing 17 of 21 passes for 204 yards and two touchdowns.
Brady only had his top target, Rob Gronkowski, in the lineup for seven games in 2013 and it led to a #15 fantasy finish, his worst since his injury plagued 2008 season. Over the past two seasons, Brady has scored 20.3 FP with Gronk in the lineup, and just 16.2 FP when the tight end is sidelined. This is something to monitor as the big tight end works his way towards Week 1. Owners who draft Brady may want to back him up with a quality passer (Philip Rivers, Ben Roethlisberger, etc) so they have a backup plan if Gronk is out.
Gronkowski participated in 11-on-11 drills for the first time since training camp opened last month. Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com reports that a lot of balls were thrown Gronkowski’s way during that period of practice.
Recent reports were that Gronkowski is anything but a lock to play in the team’s first regular season game. Given the amount of time Gronkowski missed the last two seasons and the impact his absence had on the team, it would be no surprise to see them exercise plenty of caution before signing off on a spot on the gameday roster, the story said. But, 11-on-11 work is as close to game action as Gronkowski will get this offseason so it’s an important step closer to to his and the Patriots’ goal, the piece added.
Even with a hitch in his gait, Gronk can be one of the league's most productive tight ends. But is it worth the risk to rush back before his body is ready?
Breer still believes Gronkowski will play in Week 1 but concedes the decision will likely go "down to the wire."
Gronkowski has been hugely productive when healthy, but his health is still a concern heading into the 2014 season. He reportedly had surgery on Jan. 9 to reconstruct a torn ACL. It typically takes a full year to recover, though Adrian Peterson and Robert Griffin III have made quicker returns (with varying success). Given the news that he avoided preseason PUP, Gronkowski is tentatively expected to be ready for the start of the season, but this report of a 'decent' limp is not encouraging.
Gronkowski has been hugely productive when healthy, but his health is still a concern heading into the 2014 season. He reportedly had surgery on Jan. 9 to reconstruct a torn ACL. It typically takes a full year to recover, though Adrian Peterson and Robert Griffin III have made quicker returns (with varying success). He will be eight months into his recovery when Week 1 rolls around. Given the news that he avoided preseason PUP, Gronkowski is tentatively expected to be ready for the start of the season, and his return would be a big boost to Tom Brady and the entire New England offense. Another report pegged Gronk's chances of playing Week 1 at 50/50. When we add in replacement level value from a backup TE, Gronkowski holds 2nd round value in fantasy drafts.
From time to time throughout the offseason, reports have emerged that Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will be ready to go (or words to that effect) on Week One after suffering a torn ACL late in the 2013 regular season. Given his slow return from a broken arm last season, that seemed overly optimistic.
Gronkowski’s fairly slow start to camp has made it seem like much less than a sure thing.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Gronkowski’s anticipated Week One availability sits at 50-50, with perhaps a shade above the even-money proposition.
This is the first negative-sided report about Gronk that we've heard in a while, but it makes sense given the many surgeries and complications Gronkowski has endured in the past two years, there’s no reason to be reckless with his health. From a fantasy standpoint, owners are going to have to wonder when he sees the field, much like last year. When he plays he's going to be a top-three talent at the position, but his ADP of the third round now becomes a little risky.
According to the Patriots’ website, it remains a mystery when Gronkowski will be able to go all-out in contact drills, and whether he will play at all in the preseason. But Gronkowski sounds confident about his recovery from the torn ACL that ended his 2013 season.
“I’m going full-speed in the drills I’m doing, but they’re just limiting the drills I can do. Most likely, when I’m cleared for contact, it will be full-go, too,” Gronkowski said.
Gronkowski said he and the team just want to exercise caution to make sure that he’s fully healthy when the season starts. Gronk added that he's feeling better with the time off and also admitted that his body "needed it."
Patriots beat writer Mike Reiss was asked about Julian Edelman's progress in camp: He has been terrific in training camp. Really, really impressive, to the point that I asked (Tom Brady) on Tuesday if he now feels he's at a point with Edelman that was similar to what he had with Wes Welker. Brady basically gushed.
Edelman caught a career high 105 passes for 1,056 yards and six touchdowns filling the Wes Welker role in the Patriots offense. Danny Amendola should be healthier this season, but it may not matter — Edelman clearly outplayed Amendola in 2013 and the team rewarded him with a new contract. He should once again threaten the 100-catch mark as Tom Brady’s favorite target not named Rob Gronkowski.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 11:19am
Though the Lions spent the bulk of Monday’s practice on the running game, TE Eric Ebron looked crisp in his route-running in snippets of position drills and for the second straight practice caught everything thrown his way.
Ebron has been struggling with drops, so it's good to hear that he had a good day catching the ball on Monday. The Lions want him to fill the Jimmy Graham role in new OC Joe Lombardi’s offense, so he should see playing time immediately despite the presence of Brandon Pettigrew and Joseph Fauria. Of the 21 tight ends who have been drafted in the first round in the last 10 years, 14 have managed to play at least 14 games. They averaged 35-371-2.6, or #31 TE numbers. (Oddly enough, that's where Brandon Pettigrew finished in 2013.) It usually takes a while for a young tight end to make a fantasy impact, though there has been the occasional exception. Jeremy Shockey (#3 TE in 2002), Heath Miller (#11 in 2005) and Dustin Keller (#14 in 2008) all posted TE1 or fringe-TE1 numbers as rookie first round picks. Cam Cleeland, Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez and John Carlson all had a TE1-type impact as rookies even though they weren't drafted in the first round. Ebron is an intriguing TE2-type in a potent offense, but he's no shoo-in to make a big fantasy impact in his first season, especially if he’s struggling to catch the ball.
Gronkowski did not travel with the team for its joint practices with the Washington Redskins, according to a source. Though it was surprising to see the Pats take the field without Gronkowski, who was limited through the first eight practices of training camp, the logic has merit.
Now, the question is: What’s next?
The Patriots’ next practice in Foxboro won’t be until at least Saturday, and they are scheduled to begin joint sessions with the Eagles on Tuesday. It’s unclear if the Patriots will unveil Gronkowski next week against an opponent, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if he participated in individual and positional drills with his offensive teammates before departing to continue his rehab work elsewhere.
Gronkowski has maintained throughout camp the goal is to be ready by Week 1.
This is not at all surprising. The Patriots know their players will be more cautious around Gronk than the Redskins players will be so there's no point in risking re-injury at this point in the offseason. He's a high-risk/high-reward pick.
Monday, August 4, 2014, 10:08am
Sudfeld had only been with the Jets for a few weeks. An undrafted free agent out of Nevada, he initially landed with the Patriots. His combination of size (6-foot-7) and pass-catching ability caused one Boston reporter to label him "Baby Gronk" in comparison to Rob Gronkowski, the team's established tight end.
Sudfeld is making a strong case for a roster spot as a possible third tight end behind Jeff Cumberland and rookie Jace Amaro.
Gronkowski has taken part in only individual drills through the first eight practices of training camp, and with joint practices featuring more full-team work against Washington, it likely explains Gronkowski's absence.
Gronk did take part in some team drills according to reports, however it wasn't in pads. We also had a report that said Gronk would be ready to go Week 1, which was according to the team's Web site. Gronkowski has been cleared to play, according to coach Bill Belichick, making his comeback more of a football decision than a medical decision, and the Patriots continue to bring him along slowly, the story said.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 9:19pm
More progress for Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who continues to push himself as he works his way back from a torn ACL. For the second straight day, Gronkowski was covered by cornerback Darrelle Revis as Tom Brady worked on red zone passing with him. Bill Belichick closely watched the three work while the rest of the team focused on special teams on the opposite field.
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