Returning from reconstructive knee surgery, Pats TE Rob Gronkowski wasn't running a full route tree, couldn't separate from coverage and failed to make defenders miss after the catch.
We started to see signs that Gronk was recapturing pre-injury form when he racked up 100 yards on six receptions in a tight-end centric offense versus the Bengals in Week 5.
After the two-time All-Pro selection caught seven more passes for 94 yards -- including a go route down the right sideline -- in Sunday's victory at Buffalo, Tom Brady was convinced his difference-making go-to target was back.
"Oh yeah, he's back," Brady said after Sunday's game, via ESPN.com. "Absolutely."
The story went on to point out that the last few weeks Gronkowski ran intermediate and deep routes, made sharp cuts, forced missed tackles and absorbed crushing hits. In short, he looked like the player who led the league in red-zone touchdowns, quarterback-to-receiver completion percentage and yards after catch over his first three NFL seasons. Hopefully for owners, you stuck with him through a slow start and limited snaps that was expected as he went through recovery. Gronkowski's matchups for the rest of the season look pretty favorable with currently no top-10 defenses against TEs.