It Is What It Is
NEED TO KNOW
Follow WEEI.com football writer Ryan Hannable at twitter.com/RyanHannable. In addition, get the latest WEEI.com updates at twitter.com/WEEI.
A WEEI.com Patriots Blog
WEEI.com Blog Network
Posts related to ‘Rob Gronkowski’
If offense stays healthy, Patriots could be unstoppable in red zone 05.26.17 at 10:28 am ET
By   |  Comments Off on If offense stays healthy, Patriots could be unstoppable in red zone
Rob Gronkowski and Tom Brady will be hard to stop in the red zone this season. (Mark L. Baer/USA Today Sports)

Rob Gronkowski and Tom Brady will be hard to stop in the red zone this season. (Mark L. Baer/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — Last season the Patriots scored touchdowns in 64 percent of their red zone trips, which was good for 10th in the NFL — a bit surprising given they were third in points per game, but with the offseason additions they made, they will be even better this year.

Watching the offense run plays in the red zone at Thursday’s OTA session showed just how many different options Josh McDaniels and Co. will have inside the 20-yard line. This will have opposing defensive coordinators losing sleep just thinking about it.

Of course it starts with Tom Brady, but the quarterback has so many different options in the passing game.

For starters, Rob Gronkowski is arguably the best red zone receiving target in football when he’s on the field, which he only was for eight games last season with the first couple just getting caught up to speed and not really used as a target in the passing game. While the team lost Martellus Bennett, it added Dwayne Allen, who had six receiving touchdowns with the Colts in 2016.

Teams will likely double-team Gronkowski in the red zone, which means the Patriots will likely use a lot of two tight end sets and allow Allen to be covered by a smaller player. Expect Allen to have a big season in the red zone as long as Gronkowski stays healthy.

Not only do the Patriots have two great tight ends, they also have a number of receivers who can get open in tight windows.

The touchdowns haven’t been as high as Julian Edelman likely would like, but he can get open anywhere on the field, as can Danny Amendola, who showed what he could do in the late stages of Super Bowl LI. Also, don’t sleep on Chris Hogan and Malcolm Mitchell, both of whom have solid chemistry with Brady.

While some teams utilize their receivers on fade routes in the end zone, the Patriots use their receivers with quick outs and pick plays. Gronkowski is more of the fade player.

Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: Brandin Cooks, Dion Lewis, Dwayne Allen, James White
Thursday Patriots OTA observations: Rob Gronkowski impresses, Cyrus Jones struggles 05.25.17 at 1:48 pm ET
By   |  Comments Off on Thursday Patriots OTA observations: Rob Gronkowski impresses, Cyrus Jones struggles
Rob Gronkowski was impressive at Thursday's OTA session. (WEEI.com)

Rob Gronkowski was impressive at Thursday’s OTA session. (WEEI.com)

FOXBORO — The Patriots held their third OTA session of the offseason, but first open to the media on Thursday morning on the grass fields behind Gillette Stadium.

The conditions were not great, as temperatures were in the 50s with rain coming down for most of the session.

Most of the work done was situational, but there was some 11-on-11 work done towards the end of the session.

There were six players missing from the session entirely (OTAs are not mandatory): Dont’a Hightower, Malcolm Mitchell, Stephen Gostkowski, Alan Branch, Joe Cardona and Max Rich.

Also, offensive lineman Andrew Jelks and safety Duron Harmon were present, but did not participate, and Jonathan Freeny wore a red, non-contact jersey.

Here are some observations from the nearly 2.5-hour session:

— Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo got most of the reps (roughly 15) during team work, with Jacoby Brissett getting about half as much. Brady showed no signs of being 39 years old, as he made a number of good passes despite the conditions. Garoppolo held the ball a bit too long early on, but picked up the pace as he went. He seems very comfortable with fade passes.

— Rob Gronkowski was a full participant, including making one of the better catches of the day on a pass thrown by Brady. Although OTAs are non-contact, it’s a good sign that he’s participating after back surgery cut his season short last year.

— Brandin Cooks looks like he will fit in well with the offense, as he made a few highlight worthy catches over the course of the session. He went up against Malcolm Butler on a few occasions.

— The team worked on falling on fumbles with the wet conditions where they all gathered together and players went individually, with even Brady participating.

— Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Cyrus Jones and David Jones all saw action returning punts. Cyrus Jones had issues once again, as he dropped a few of them and had others where he couldn’t find the ball. Obviously, the conditions were not ideal, but other players were dealing with them too with no issues.

— D.J. Foster stood out in team drills, making a few great catches.

— Overall, it was a fairly sloppy session with the defense winning the majority of the plays, but that should be expected given the conditions and time of the year.

Read More: Cyrus Jones, Jimmy Garoppolo, Rob Gronkowski, Tom Brady
WATCH: Rob Gronkowski stars in erotic music video with lots of scantily-clad women 05.24.17 at 1:35 pm ET
By   |  Comments Off on WATCH: Rob Gronkowski stars in erotic music video with lots of scantily-clad women
This year, the Summer of Gronk includes a sexy music video. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

This year, the Summer of Gronk includes a sexy music video. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

Rob Gronkowski loves to party. So it only makes sense for him to star in an erotic music video with lots of scantily-clad women.

The dance music DJ 3LAU released a new video Wednesday for his single, “On My Mind.” In it, Gronkowski is featured alongside WWE wrestler Mojo Rawley, one of his real life good friends.

During the video, which features a steamy carwash scene involving Gronk and several ladies in bikinis, the Patriots tight end is cozying up to an attractive woman wearing a glittery black dress and choker necklace at a club. But Rawley, one of the establishment’s servers, seems to take exception to this budding romance. He gets his apparent revenge when he pours soy sauce all over a shirtless Gronk, who’s strapped to a table while women eat sushi off of his stomach.

The music video ends after a seductive pillow fight, with Gronkowski getting woken up on the club’s floor.

“3LAU played ‘On My Mind’ for me a couple days before the Super Bowl in Houston and asked if I wanted to be in the music video,” Gronk said in the press release. “It ended up being a lot of fun to shoot and what makes it even better is that the money from the song is being donated. It’s great when you can give back while still trying something new and having an unbelievable time.”

Read More: Rob Gronkowski,
It appears Rob Gronkowski is participating in OTAs this week at 12:23 pm ET
By   |  Comments Off on It appears Rob Gronkowski is participating in OTAs this week
Rob Gronkowski has been spotted on the field this week. (Kevin Hoffman/USA Today Sports)

Rob Gronkowski has been spotted on the field this week. (Kevin Hoffman/USA Today Sports)

The media isn’t given access to Patriots OTAs until Thursday, but the Patriots held sessions on Monday and Tuesday.

One of the biggest questions was whether or not Rob Gronkowski, who is recovering from back surgery, would participate.

Based off photos surfaced on Patriots.com, the tight end is a full-go.

Following Tuesday’s workout, the team website had a photo of Gronkowski making a one-handed catch, and also feeling good after making a reception. These would indicate he’s on the field with the rest of his teammates six months after back surgery.

OTAs are non-contact, but still is a great sign that he is on the field.

Also on Tuesday, the Patriots and Gronkowski re-worked his contract, which could make him the highest paid tight end in 2017.

For more Patriots news, visit weei.com/patriots.

Read More: Rob Gronkowski,
How Rob Gronkowski’s new deal with Patriots is perfect for both sides at 10:04 am ET
By   |  Comments Off on How Rob Gronkowski’s new deal with Patriots is perfect for both sides
Rob Gronkowski restructured his 2017 contract. (Kevin Hoffman/USA Today Sports)

Rob Gronkowski restructured his 2017 contract. (Kevin Hoffman/USA Today Sports)

Rob Gronkowski’s deal for 2017 wasn’t a very good one for the 28-year-old, as the best tight end in football was only scheduled to make $5.25 million.

Yes, he deserves more money, but from a Patriots perspective there’s no guarantee he stays healthy. So, the Patriots and Gronkowski reworked his 2017 salary to have it be based off what he does on the field.

For a player like Gronkowski, who is so talented but also has a great deal of injury concerns, it’s the perfect way to satisfy both sides.

It’s a unique structure, but Gronkowski is a unique player.

According to Adam Schefter, there are three potential tiers for his 2017 salary. Tier 1 gives him $10.75 million and he would need to play 90 percent of the snaps, have 80 catches, 1,200 yards or be an All-Pro. Tier 2 gives him $8.75 million and he would need to play 80 percent of the snaps, have 70 catches, 1,000 yards or 12 touchdowns. Tier 3 gives him $6.75 million and he would need to play 70 percent of the snaps, have 60 catches, 800 yards or 10 touchdowns.

If Gronkowski can stay healthy and play say 14 or 15 games, he’s almost a sure lock for the $10.75 million because when on the field he’s the best tight end in football.

The tight end is a four-time All-Pro (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015). In those seasons he played in 16, 11, 15 and 15 games respectively. Bottom line, if he plays say 13 or more games, he’s going to be the highest paid tight end in the league because he will reach at least one of the criteria for the top tier.

(As of now, Seattle’s Jimmy Graham is the highest paid tight end in the league next year at $10 million.)

Why is this deal good for the Patriots? Because of Gronkowski is on the field, it likely means the Patriots are winning games.

While it is a unique deal, and likely wouldn’t happen for any other player, it is the definition of a fair deal that both sides can be happy with.

Read More: Rob Gronkowski,
Massachusetts police department names K-9 officer after Rob Gronkowski 05.22.17 at 1:36 pm ET
By   |  Comments Off on Massachusetts police department names K-9 officer after Rob Gronkowski
Rob Gronkowski will now be fighting crime –– kind of.  (Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)

Rob Gronkowski will now be fighting crime –– kind of. (Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)

Rob Gronkowski is an unstoppable force on the football field, so it only makes sense for his canine namesake to be a police department’s K-9 officer.

The Athol Police Department named its first K-9 officer in roughly eight years after Gronkowski, with chief Russell Kleber telling the Associated Press he wanted to bestow the honor upon a Boston sports athlete. The one-year-old German shepherd will undergo 14 weeks of training before it’s trusted to track down criminals.

This isn’t the first time Gronkowski has been linked to Athol. In February, he ordered a footlong chicken, cheese and guacamole sandwich at the town’s Subway restaurant, which is now dubbed the “Big Subkowski.”

When Gronkowski saw the news on Twitter, he responded with a cheeky emoji:

Read More: Rob Gronkowski,
Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski among several current, former Patriots planning on attending Kentucky Derby 04.24.17 at 12:06 pm ET
By   |  Comments Off on Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski among several current, former Patriots planning on attending Kentucky Derby
Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski are scheduled to attend the Kentucky Derby. (Jamie Rhodes/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski are scheduled to attend the Kentucky Derby. (Jamie Rhodes/USA Today Sports)

The Kentucky Derby will once again have several current and former Patriots in attendance.

The Barnstable Brown Kentucky Derby Eve Gala, the premier gala at the Derby, has released its celebrity guest list. Some notables include: Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Wes Welker, Matt Cassel, Mike Vrabel and Larry Izzo.

Brady has been attending the event for years and it appears he will be linking up with some old teammates and good friends.

Other celebrities on the list include Bill Belichick’s good friend Kid Rock, Tracy Morgan, Katie Couric and Aaron Rodgers.

The Derby is set for May 6.

For more Patriots news, visit weei.com/patriots.

Read More: Rob Gronkowski, Tom Brady,

2017 PATRIOTS DRAFT PICKS

2017 NFL DRAFT

Player News
2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Patriots Headlines
NFL Headlines
Tips & Feedback

Verify