Rob Gronkowski Fantasy News

Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 5:05pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Patriots beat writer Mike Reiss on how quickly TE Rob Gronkowski will be practicing fully: "I wouldn’t be surprised if Gronk is eased in rather than going full bore from the get go because you are talking about a player who had surgery for a torn ACL less than seven months ago. They’re going to want to bring him along slowly."

Fantasy Impact:

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, and his return would be a big boost to Tom Brady and the entire New England offense. Don't expect him to practice fully right away, but it looks like Week 1 is a realistic possibility.

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Rob Gronkowski (ACL) 'cleared to play'
Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 10:52am

New England Patriots - [Full Article]

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has been “cleared to play.”

That was the short, sweet and easily biggest news to come out of Bill Belichick’s morning pre-training camp press conference at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday.

Rehabbing his way back from a torn ACL suffered last Dec. 8 against the Browns, Gronkowski did not take part on the field in New England’s spring OTAs and mini-camp, instead working with the team’s medical staff.

But he reported to Foxborough earlier this week with other injured players, rookies and quarterbacks and was cleared to return to the field. Therefore, PUP (physically unable to perform) is not an option either during the summer or the regular season.

Fantasy Impact:

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, 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. Don't expect him to practice fully right away, but it looks like Week 1 is a realistic possibility.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 11:48am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski said Friday that he plans to play the entire season as he recovers from a torn ACL. He hasn't been placed on the PUP list at this point, but that's still an option prior to the first practice of training camp Thursday.

Fantasy Impact:

Gronkowski has been hugely productive when healthy, but his health is a major concern heading into 2014. 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). The fact that he hasn't yet been placed on preseason PUP is a positive sign, but as the article states -- the Pats still have time to do so.

Rob Gronkowski (ACL) not placed on preseason PUP list
Monday, July 21, 2014, 6:54pm

Mass Live - [Full Article]

According to ESPN Boston's Field Yates, wide receivers Aaron Dobson, Matthew Slater and Jeremy Gallon, defensive tackle Tommy Kelly and cornerback Alfonzo Dennard are all slated to start training camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.

Fantasy Impact:

Rob Gronkowski's name was absent from the PUP list, which bodes well for his potential availability in camp. Players on PUP aren't allowed to practice, so we may see Gronk sooner rather than later. As for Dobson, it appears that his foot injury is going to keep him out of practice for the time being.

Rob Gronkowski (ACL) won't know his status until camp begins
Saturday, July 19, 2014, 11:35am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is determined to stay on the field in 2014.

"I'm planning on playing the whole season this year," Gronkowski said Friday at a women's football clinic, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN.com.

"I don't know yet until I report, so I'll sit down with the coaches and training staff and we'll see," he said. "I'm just working with the trainers right now, improving every single day and whenever it starts up, whatever the trainers have, whatever the coaches have for me, whatever we feel comfortable with (we'll be) doing as much as possible every day that I can do."

Fantasy Impact:

Gronkowski has been hugely productive when healthy, but his health is a major concern heading into 2014. 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). Gronkowski is tentatively expected to be ready for the start of the season, but don’t be surprised we don’t know his status until deep into August or even early September. This makes him a major risk in 2014 fantasy drafts. The ACL surgery was the eighth (known) surgery of his career.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 6:13pm

Masslive.com - [Full Article]

After Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski, depth gets hazy, which is surprising, since the Patriots were expected to go hard after a tight end in the NFL Draft or in free agency. So far, though, the Patriots have come up with only the rookies, Justin Jones and Asa Watson.

Michael Hoomanawanui is a serviceable tight end and is likely to make the roster, save for an unforeseen development from the rookie tight ends or a free agent signing. The only reason he's not a lock is because the Patriots' options remain so open, especially with Jermichael Finley and Dustin Keller still available in free agency.

Fantasy Impact:

In terms of fantasy, no one after Gronk will likely make an impact. In fact, you can probably expect the Pats to use more WRs in their formations, since they are pretty deep at that position, but especially if Gronk isn't ready to go.

Friday, July 11, 2014, 9:13pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Signed in May, Colt Lyerla's college game tape led one former teammate, Josh Huff -- now a rookie receiver for the Eagles -- to issue a string of lofty comparisons.

"There are tight ends in the league now I know he's better than -- an All-Pro tight end like Jimmy Graham," Huff told Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in May. "That's saying a lot. Guys like Tony Gonzalez, who's no longer in the league. Those athletic guys. Rob Gronkowski. I feel like he can be better than those guys."

The Packers were willing to take a chance, signing Lyerla to a free-agent contract in May. One of the more fascinating prospects in Green Bay's camp, the rookie's supporters continue to suggest one thing: His future is up to him.

"Just a monster," former teammate Terrance Mitchell told the newspaper. "Colt is a beast. I don't know how to explain it. A monster, a beast. ..."

Fantasy Impact:

While these comparisons are wild and probably inaccurate, it's still good to hear that his former teammates have a lot of confidence in him. If he can get his head on straight, he has a great opportunity to shine for the Packers, who are looking for a tight end to carry the torch.

Beat: 'all signs point' to Gronk being ready Week 1
Sunday, July 6, 2014, 4:40pm

patriots.com - [Full Article]

As has been the case in recent seasons, the Patriots TE situation all comes down to the health of arguably the Patriots best player: Rob Gronkowski.

At this point all signs point toward Gronk being ready to go in Week 1, but that’s really not the important part of the equation for the Patriots. Can he withstand the rigors of an NFL season and put his injury problems behind him? If he can then the lack of depth at the position won’t be much of a concern. If he can’t, then Tom Brady will have to go without a reliable pass catching tight end for the second straight season.

Fantasy Impact:

Backup Michael Hoomanawanui is not a fantasy option. So, if Gronk misses the start of the season, or any time during the season, it will likely affect the Pats offense much like last year when more WRs saw the field a greater percentage of the time without Gronk. Julian Edelman appears to be the only safe fantasy WR right now, but we should learn more about the Pats offense in camp, the status of Gronk, as well as the fantasy roles of guys like Aaron Dobson, Kenbrell Thompkins, Josh Boyce and Danny Amendola. This news certainly helps Gronk's value, though, as he's our number-three TE with an ADP of the fourth round.

Monday, June 30, 2014, 11:16am

Providence Journal - [Full Article]

Patriot QB Tom Brady has asked everyone to step up their game as training camp approaches.

WR Kenbrell Thompkins shined in minicamp. WR Josh Boyce looked bigger and better, until he appeared to suffer a lower-body injury in the warmup line on day two of minicamp.

Fantasy Impact:

WR Aaron Dobson was held out and there is a lot of question marks around TE Rob Gronkowski and his status for Week 1. So Brady is urging guys like Thompkins and Boyce to step up between now and the start of camp. With Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman likely fixtures in the offense, there is still going to be playing time to be had, especially if Gronkowski isn't ready.

Patriots, Gronkowski aiming for Week 1 return
Saturday, June 21, 2014, 5:05pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

According to NFL Media's Albert Breer, the goal is for TE Rob Gronkowski to be on the field for the season opener at Miami.

Gronkowski's rehab has been a lot smoother than last offseason's. The Patriots aren't going to take any risks, though. Gronkowski will spend a portion of the next month rehabbing near Foxboro.

It's possible that Gronk's knee will be ready for the start of training camp in late July, Breer reported on Friday's edition of NFL Total Access, but the Patriots won't do anything to jeopardize his chances of being ready for Week 1.

Fantasy Impact:

Gronkowski has been hugely productive when healthy, but his health is a major concern heading into 2014. 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). Gronkowski is tentatively expected to be ready for the start of the season, but don’t be surprised if we don’t know his status until deep into August or even early September. This makes him a risk/reward pick in 2014 fantasy drafts. The ACL surgery was the eighth (known) surgery of his career.

Brandon LaFell could play 'move' TE for the Patriots
Friday, June 20, 2014, 6:14pm

Boston Globe - [Full Article]

The Patriots don’t seem to have much at tight end behind Rob GronkowskiMichael Hoomanawanui and undrafted rookies Justin Jones and Asa Watson — but watch out for WR Brandon LaFell playing the “Hernandez” role. “He played all of our wide receiver positions, plus he knew the tight end position,” his former coach, Ron Rivera, told me in March. LaFell was also a “want-to” blocker in Carolina, meaning he doesn’t mind getting physical in the run game. Patriots fans, meet your new Swiss Army Knife.

Fantasy Impact:

This would put LaFell squarely on the fantasy radar, though we're skeptical that the Pats will use him in that role based on comments from his old coach in Carolina.

Beat: Lions TE Eric Ebron 'far more comfortable' in offense
Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 9:57am

MLive.com - [Full Article]

TE Eric Ebron wasn't always sharp during the Detroit Lions' offseason program. He struggled with drops early in OTAs. But by send-off day, he flashed the possibility of what could be.

Ebron appeared to be far more comfortable in the offense during last week's minicamp, and capped it off on the final day by hauling in one remarkable sliding catch with safety Isa Abdul-Quddus draped all over him. It was one of the finest catches of the offseason.

"It's lovely now," Ebron said. "Figuring out the offense. It'll never be 100 percent, but at least knowing what to do, where to lineup, where to be. Now I can do the things that got me here.

"I'm starting to earn a lot more respect. I'm starting to produce a lot more, and I'm starting to get a lot more reps."

Fantasy Impact:

The Lions want Ebron 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 learn the offense.

Beat: Julian Edelman is the 'clearcut' WR1
Friday, June 13, 2014, 11:09am

Boston.com - [Full Article]

The Patriots re-signed Edelman this offseason, and the veteran pass-catcher picked up right where he left off last season — he was the best receiver on the field. He caught passes over the middle and made more than one impressive grab down the sideline.

In fact, Edelman was able to get away from the coverage of cornerback Darrelle Revis to make three nice grabs in Thursday's final media availability at OTAs. Previously, quarterback Tom Brady had been avoiding Revis entirely.

It is noteworthy that Brady hasn't been locking in on Edelman throughout practice, instead spreading the ball around to Kenbrell Thompkins, Josh Boyce and Danny Amendola. So far, though, Edelman is the clearcut top receiver on the field.

Fantasy Impact:

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.

Eric Ebron has 'rough indoctrination' to the NFL
Thursday, June 12, 2014, 5:12pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The player of the final day of Lions minicamp might have been TE Joseph Fauria. The tight end caught multiple touchdown passes in team drills and used his size well in the red zone. Some of the touchdowns were over undrafted free agents, but he needed to have a good camp and he did that.

Conversely, Eric Ebron had what seemed to be a rough indoctrination to the NFL. He struggled with dropped passes throughout OTAs and mandatory minicamp, including two drops on the final day of practice. Drops were an issue for him at North Carolina, so to see him continue this trend during his first few weeks as a professional should be at least a little bit concerning to the Lions. That said, it is still early and he is clearly still learning everything, so it could be an issue of just overthinking on routes and not letting instincts take over. This will be a situation worth monitoring during training camp.

Fantasy Impact:

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 learn the offense.

Eric Ebron has had 'some terrible days' learning offense
Monday, June 9, 2014, 11:00am

MLive.com - [Full Article]

During multiple interviews, Eric Ebron has joked about needing the headache medication while studying the Lions' playbook. The learning process has proved challenging.

"It was rough," Ebron said about his first month of practices with his new team. "I've had some terrible days. I've had some great days."

Detroit's offense, under new coordinator Joe Lombardi, isn't anything like the spread attack Ebron played in during his days at the University of North Carolina. The most difficult aspect of the transition has been understanding where he needs to be every snap.

"It's just remembering concepts, remembering where to be, remembering how deep to be," Ebron said. "It's all concepts. Just remembering is the hardest part."

Fantasy Impact:

The Lions want Ebron 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 learn the offense.