Rob Gronkowski | TE | New England Patriots
Posted: 1/27/2015 1:28pm et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is an offensive weapon that the Seattle Seahawks are focused on shutting down during the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 1. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll thinks his team matches up well against the All-Pro tight end, though, as LBs K.J. Wright and Bruce Irvin are 'pretty tall and long' and SS Kam Chancellor is 'about as big a strong safety as you can find.' The Seahawks will be focused on not allowing Gronkowski and QB Tom Brady to take over the game.
Huddle Up: The Seahawks have surrendered the third-most receiving TDs (11) to opposing TEs this season, but when fully focused, the Legion of Boom has shown it can negate a top TE -- reference Jimmy Graham's 1-catch, 8-yard performance in last season's divisional playoffs. Now no one's forecasting a 1-8 Super Sunday for Gronk, but don't expect him to run wild, either.
Posted: 1/22/2015 10:48pm et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is often a tough matchup for opposing defenses, but Seattle Seahawks CB Jeremy Lane said he doesn't think Gronkowski is 'that good.' 'He's OK. He does have a big body. But from what I've seen on tape, he doesn't like you putting your hands on him. So if we put our hands on him and shake him up a little bit, he won't catch that many balls,' Lane said. Gronkowski caught 82 passes for 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns this season. Lane could be lined up often against Gronkowski in the slot in the Super Bowl.
Huddle Up: The physical and athletic Gronk is a matchup nightmare for every team, and will be even for the mighty Seahawks, who ranked in the league's bottom half this season in terms of fantasy points allowed to opposing TEs. Expect Lane to have a little help come Feb. 1.
Posted: 1/18/2015 1:46pm et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski has 17 catches for 297 yards and one touchdown in four career games against the Indianapolis Colts. He has gained 71 yards after contact as well.
Huddle Up: Question is, who doesn't Gronk play well against? The Colts, though, are particularly susceptible defensively, giving up the sixth most fantasy points against opposing TEs during the regular season, so don't be the least bit surprised if Gronk is even Gronkier than usual Sunday.
Posted: 12/25/2014 6:47pm et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is likely to be removed from the Week 17 game early. Beat writer Mike Reiss believes the team will pull Gronkowski after the offense exhibits a rhythm against the Buffalo Bills.
Huddle Up: With the Patriots one of the few teams who have locked up their playoff seed, certainly don't be surprised if a number of regulars play a half or less Sunday. And Gronk, with his injury track record, figures to be one of the first to head to the bench.
Posted: 10/17/2014 11:22pm et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski played 53 of his team's 57 offensive snaps in the Week 7 game against the New York Jets Thursday, Oct. 18. It was the first time all season he has played over 90 percent of the snaps in a game.
Huddle Up: Gronk is healthy again and playing virtually all of the Patriots offensive snaps. He's locked in as one of fantasy football's top two tight ends.
Posted: 10/14/2014 4:29pm et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) is back in full force, according to QB Tom Brady. Gronkowski played limited snaps in the first four weeks while recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee, but he has emerged in the last few weeks. He had six catches for 100 yards and a touchdown in Week 5 and caught seven passes for 94 yards in Week 6. Gronkowski took some big hits and showed added strength in the game against the Buffalo Bills. "He's a great option out there," Brady said. "So if they don't cover him, he usually gets it. If they put extra guys on him then it frees everybody else up. He's tough to stop. You put a safety on him, he's got size. You put a linebacker on him, he's got speed. He's been that way since he got into the NFL."
Huddle Up: Gronk ranks fourth in TE targets (46) and TD catches (4) among all league TEs and will remain a must-start as long as he keeps getting through games with a semblance of health.
Posted: 10/10/2014 10:40pm et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski played 23 more snaps in Week 5 against the Cincinnati Bengals than he had in any game all season. The takeaway is that Gronkowski finally appears to be rounding into his pre-injury form.
Huddle Up: Gronk is getting back to full health. He's in store for a big second half of the season.
Posted: 10/3/2014 8:20pm et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 3, and is listed as probable for Week 5.
Huddle Up: Gronkowski still isn't 100 percent healthy but the Pats struggling offense will take what they can get out of him right now. Even though Gronk is playing roughly 50 percent of the offensive snaps he's still a TE1 for fantasy purposes.
Posted: 9/25/2014 10:31am et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) said he doesn't feel limited at all and is ready for more responsibility after reduced work in his first three games. Gronkowski has likely been on a pitch count in the first halves of games to save him for the second half. He played more than 50 percent of the snaps for the first time this season in Week 3.
Huddle Up: Gronk's snaps are increasing, and with it his opportunities to put up fantasy numbers. More Gronk is likely a boon to Tom Brady's fantasy prospects as well.
Posted: 9/24/2014 12:07am et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) played a season-high 42 snaps in Week 3, and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said a further increase in playing time is coming. 'Rob has done the things we have asked him to do,' McDaniels said. 'He has been fine in terms of his assignments and his conditioning. But we just have to try to add to it as we go throughout the course of the year.'
Huddle Up: Although his targets dipped from 11 in Week 1 to 6 in each of the past 2 games, definitely expect more looks for the big TE going forward, especially given the struggles Tom Brady has had connecting with other pass-catchers not named Gronk or Julian Edelman.
Posted: 9/5/2014 2:11pm et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) is expected to play in the team's Week 1 game. Gronkowski may have his snaps limited.
Huddle Up: If you've been a Gronk backer so far, you're not gonna hold back now, are you?
Posted: 9/3/2014 10:30pm et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) was limited in practice Wednesday, Sept. 3.
Huddle Up: Gronkowski is expected to play on a limited basis Sunday. A limited Gronk is still better than most tight ends in the NFL. If Gronk is playing on Sunday, get him in your lineup.
Posted: 9/2/2014 3:35pm et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) will be on a snap count in Week 1. Gronkowski also said he will likely wear a brace over his surgically repaired knee, but he doesn't plan on changing the style in which he plays the game.
Huddle Up: Those who spent a third- or fourth-round draft pick on Gronk don't need to be concerned with any snap counts or knee braces as you're starting him as long as he's playing.
Posted: 8/27/2014 2:19pm et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) continues to make progress in his rehab but likely will sit out the final preseason game. Gronkowski is looking to be ready for the start of the regular season.
Huddle Up: As anticipated, Gronk will not see the field in August, but, hey, why risk anyway? With Gronk, fantasy owners are either all in or they're completely staying away, and the former are counting on getting at least 12-14 games out of the no-holds-barred TE.
Posted: 8/26/2014 8:41pm et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) has not encountered any setbacks from the end of last week, and the acquisition of TE Timothy Wright is not a sign that the team is concerned about Gronkowski's health. The Patriots have wanted to remain cautious with Gronkowski's workload this preseason. Wright is a 'move' tight end, similar to the role free-agent TE Aaron Hernandez used to play with the team.
Huddle Up: Definitely a needed assurance for those who are banking on a big bounce-back fantasy season from Gronk this fall.
Posted: 8/18/2014 8:34pm et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) participated in 11-on-11 drills for the first time this offseason Monday, Aug. 18.
Huddle Up: Best sign yet that Gronk will be ready for Week 1, but certainly continue to monitor the situation.
Posted: 8/14/2014 11:36pm et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is still favoring his right knee in practice, and he ran with a decent limp Thursday, Aug. 14. TE Steve Maneri is the only tight end on the roster healthy for the second preseason game. Recently signed Ben Hartsock was released earlier Thursday, but FB James Develin could also fill in at tight end. Gronkowski, TE Michael Hoomanawanui (undisclosed) and TE DJ Williams (leg) are unlikely to play.
Huddle Up: Gronk still hasn't been cleared for contact, but that hasn't deterred a number of fantasy GMs as the injury-prone TE currently owns the second-highest ADP at the position. They're obviously going to need the situation to brighten here over the next few weeks.
Posted: 8/12/2014 11:42pm et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) has a 50-50 chance to be ready for Week 1, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
Huddle Up: Gronk still hasn't be cleared for contact work, and anticipating the Pats keeping things very close to the vest between now and Week 1, it's shaping up to be a season-opening headache for his fantasy owners.
Posted: 7/23/2014 2:25pm et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) has been cleared for contact and will not be placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list, according to head coach Bill Belichick.
Huddle Up: The more Gronk is able to do in training camp, the earlier he'll go off fantasy draft boards. If he practices and plays in camp without restrictions, and maybe even flashes some of the old Gronk magic in a preseason game, he could easily push himself into the second round of fantasy drafts in TE-mandatory leagues.
Posted: 7/20/2014 7:39pm et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee, back) said he is planning on playing the whole season in 2014. 'I'm planning on playing the whole season this year,' Gronkowski said. 'I'm always antsy to get back on the field, no matter when it is,' he said. 'I just want to play football. I love playing the game.'
Huddle Up: Gronk's desire and ability are unquestioned, but is his body up to the task? He's played a full season only once in four years in N.E. and has missed nearly a third (20) of a possible 64 regular-season starts as a pro.
Posted: 7/20/2014 1:52am et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) said he is not sure if he will begin training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Huddle Up: It'll be another preseason of wondering whether or not you should draft Gronk. When healthy he's a top-two fantasy tight end, but there's the very real possibility you'll get only a half-season out of him again. Hopefully this training camp the news will be better and you'll have a clearer picture of his health by the time your fantasy draft rolls around.
Posted: 6/21/2014 12:51am et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) may be ready to participate at the start of training camp, but the team probably will be cautious with him early in camp.
Huddle Up: Gronk is an elite fantasy tight end when healthy, so any opportunity to see him in action during training camp will only serve to drive his value up heading into fantasy drafts this fall.
Posted: 6/8/2014 11:58pm et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) has been bursting, planting and cutting in recent practices. He doesn't appear to have any limitations.
Huddle Up: So far, so good this offseason, but unfortunately there's still plenty of time (3 months) for a health issue to crop up.
Posted: 4/29/2014 4:35pm et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) said his knee is improving, but he hesitated to give any timetable or if he'll be ready for the season opener. 'Oh man, that's too far away. I'm just improving every day right now,' Gronkowski said. 'I'm working hard every day to put myself in the best situation so that I'm ready.' His recovery from knee surgery has gone according to plan so far, and he joined his teammates for the voluntary offseason program, which started April 21.
Huddle Up: Just your weekly update on Gronk, who's started only half of the Pats' 36 games (postseason included) since his record-setting 2011 season.