Rob Gronkowski: ‘I’m improving every week’
|06.01.14 at 9:35 pm ET|
MELROSE — Rob Gronkowski, quarterback?
Still limited mobility-wise thanks to an ACL/MCL injury that he sustained last Dec. 9, the Patriots tight end assumed the role of signal caller this weekend, throwing passes to hundreds of kids as part of his second annual Citi Rob Gronkowski Football Clinic at Melrose High School.
Speaking to the media for about five minutes during the camp, Gronkowski joked he might be gunning for Tom Brady‘s spot in the near future.
“Brady better watch out,” Gronkowski remarked. “He knows I’ve got an arm, too.”
Hundreds of kids attended the event Sunday morning, as Gronkowski, along with his brothers and 50 of the area’s top football coaches, helped instruct the camp participants in a variety of drills.
While the two-time Pro Bowler mostly focused on the event during his address with the media, he also talked about his rehab progress and the current state of the New England tight end corps.
Gronkowski acknowledged returning to host the camp has been a great way to take his mind off of rehab.
“Yeah, definitely,” Gronkowski said. “You come out here, you have a great experience with all the kids, it just takes your mind off whatever you have going on at that time.”
Gronkowski continued: “I’m just doing what I’ve got to do. I’m improving every week and that’s all that I can ask for. I’m just looking forward to every single day after the day that I just did. Tomorrow is a new day, it starts a new week, and [I'm] just looking to improve from tomorrow and there on out.”
While spending two straight offseasons recovering from season-ending injuries would seemingly frustrate any player, Gronkowski said that he has been trying to keep a positive attitude going into the 2014 season.
“You just have to go in and work hard every day,” Gronkowski said. “If you give it all you’ve got when you’re at work in the weight room or out on the field, then you can’t really be disappointed. Every single day, every single week, you just got to keep on grinding and to get better.”
With Gronkowski on the shelf, the depth at tight end for the Patriots is thin, with Michael Hoomanawanui leading the group, along with Justin Jones and Asa Watson. The lack of experience at the position has led some to believe that the Patriots could be interested in bringing in a free-agent tight end such as Dustin Keller or Jermichael Finley.
When asked how he would feel if a veteran like Keller or Finley were brought into camp, Gronkowski remained mum on the topic.
“I don’t make any personnel decisions,” Gronkowski said. “It is what it is. I’m focusing on what I’ve got to do with my job, and tomorrow starts a new week and I’ve got to hit the rehab again tomorrow really hard to make myself better as a player.”
Before leaving the media session, Gronkowski stated that he has not set a target date for his return to the practice field.
“[I'm] just taking it week by week and day by day from here on out,” Gronkowski said. “So we’ll see what happens and we’ll see where I’m at when it all starts.”
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