|When it comes to quarterback reps, Rob Gronkowski says it’s business as usual||07.28.16 at 12:35 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Tight end Rob Gronkowski said that when it comes to dividing the QB reps with the Patriots, there’s been nothing out of the ordinary. At least as far as he can tell.
“It’s not a difference at all. Not a change at all. It’s training camp,” Gronkowski said after the first full day of camp workouts on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium. “You take reps with every single quarterback — Jacoby [Brissett], Tom [Brady], Jimmy [Garoppolo]. Whoever it is, every single year in camp. It’s not like I just sit there and go with the same players every single time. I’m rotating with all the quarterbacks.”
He added: “However it is, it’s all in the coaches’ decision. But what I have to do is make sure I’m prepared and get open on the route whoever the quarterback is.”
Asked about the confidence level in Garoppolo, Gronkowski shrugged.
“We’re super-confident in whoever is in there,” he said. “That’s what practice is for. That’s what training camp is for. For everyone to get on the same page. It’s great to get, the first day, get our feet wet a little bit. Get reps with everyone, all three quarterbacks. So far, it’s going well. But a lot to improve on, for sure.”
Gronkowski said that he’s been able to build a relationship with Garoppolo the last two years.
“It definitely started two years ago,” he said. “I’ve gone with Jimmy many times — thrown with him many times out at practice. just get that chemistry going and go out on the field, get those reps together, go do one-on-one sessions together. Just throw like we always do. Just like any other process — repetition, so everyone is on the same page.”
As for Brady, Gronkowski seemed to suggest that the looming suspension is not have much of an impact on Brady’s overall work habits.
“Whatever circumstance you put Tom in, he’s never going to change,” Gronkowski said. “He’s going to come out to practice, no matter what, if he’s suspended, if he’s not suspended. If he’s playing, if he’s not playing. No matter what the circumstances are, I have never seen Tom Brady come out and not give it all in practice. There’s never a change in him. Whenever he’s on the field, he’s giving it his all. He’s such a competitor.”
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|Patriots DB Nate Ebner on how Rob Gronkowski might do when it comes to rugby||07.22.16 at 9:19 am ET|
Patriots special teamer/defensive back Nate Ebner was on “The Dan Patrick Show” Thursday morning to talk about his quest for Olympic glory as a part of the USA Rugby 7’s Olympic team. He discussed whether football or rugby is tougher and how he got permission from Bill Belichick and the Patriots’ organization to compete. Finally, Patrick asked him how Rob Gronkowski might do when it came to rugby.
|Most Important Patriots of 2016: No. 2, Rob Gronkowski||07.21.16 at 10:30 am ET|
As the countdown to training camp begins later this month, we’re looking at the 20 most important members of the Patriots heading into 2016.
2. Tight end Rob Gronkowski
Weight: 265 pounds
Age: 27 (will turn 28 on May 14)
Resume: Where to start? When Gronkowski been healthy, this second-round pick out of Arizona has been one of the most dominant offensive options in the game since he arrived in the NFL in 2010. Over the course of his six-year career, he has 380 catches for 5,555 yards and 65 touchdowns, which includes a career-high 90 catches in 2011 and 82 in 2014. As a red-zone threat, a blocker or as a pass catcher with one of the largest catch radiuses in the NFL, he’s the best and most complete tight end in the game today, and is well on his way to becoming one of the best at his position in the history of the game. The big fella had a nasty two-year stretch where he struggled with injury, but aside from an occasional scare as of late, he’s held up well since the start of the 2014 season, playing in 30 of a possible 32 regular-season games in that span. He’s been named a first-team All-Pro by the AP on three different occasions (2011, 2014. 2015), and four times by Pro Football Focus.
Why we ranked him here: Everything is different when he’s not on the field. Everything. When he’s healthy, the field tilts in New England’s favor. He’s an elite offensive option who can put pressure on opposing defenses from multiple spots, including split wide, in the slot, flush against the tackle or even out of the backfield. If they double- or triple-team him, it opens things up for the likes of Julian Edelman, Dion Lewis or any one of the other pass catchers. When he’s not out there, Tom Brady loses a target with a world-class catch radius, an extraordinary football IQ (more on that in a second) and the sort of occasionally nasty streak that has helped make him an underrated blocker. There are about eighty billion examples of his importance over the last six years, but maybe the best one is last year’s AFC title game. His whole game was a clinic, but his catch on fourth down to keep the chains moving late in the contest and his astounding touchdown reception with less than two minutes left were the sorts of game-changing plays Gronkowski has become known for. Frankly, he’s not just one of the two most important players on the New England roster, he’s one of the faces of the league, and someone who will be fitted for a gold jacket in Canton before it’s all said and done.
Quote: “He’s a smart football player. He understands leverage, he understands position, he understands technique. He understands the concept of what you’re trying to do. … Probably other than the quarterback, the tight end position on our offense is the hardest to play. You have all the protections, all the [work in the] running game, and you have routes from sideline to the middle of the field to occasionally even in the backfield. There are really no plays off mentally for that position. His work ethic, his ability to work with his teammates, whether it’s the quarterback, the offensive tackles, the other tight ends or even with the defensive players, is good.” — Bill Belichick on Gronkowski, 9/23/15
Random Note: Gronkowski ended 2015 with 379 career regular-season catches via Brady, which now puts him second on the all-time list of receptions from New England’s veteran quarterback. (Gronkowski is 184 catches behind the all-time leader, Wes Welker, who finished his time in New England with 563 catches from Brady). Deion Branch is third overall with 328 career catches from Brady, while Troy Brown is fourth with 323 receptions via No. 12.
|Report: Tom Brady second in jersey sales over last three months||07.20.16 at 12:55 pm ET|
Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski were among the top five best-selling NFL jerseys over the last three months.
According to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, Brady was second, trailing only rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott of the Cowboys. Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and Panthers quarterback Cam Newton were third and fourth, while Gronkowski finished fifth overall.
The totals are based on sales from April 1-June 30 on NFLShop.com, the league’s official online site.
|Video: Rob Gronkowski throws strike to David Ortiz at Fenway Park||07.19.16 at 8:08 pm ET|
Rob Gronkowski threw out the first pitch prior to Tuesday’s Red Sox-Giants game at Fenway Park and while he didn’t spike it, he did throw a strike to the Red Sox designated hitter.
Rob Gronkowski threw a strike to David Ortiz pic.twitter.com/0xJSiiLNOi
— Ryan Hannable (@RyanHannable) July 19, 2016
|Tom Brady No. 2, Rob Gronkowski No. 9 in NFL Network’s top 100 players of 2016||07.07.16 at 10:24 am ET|
Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski’s value is certainly well-known throughout New England, and it appears players around the NFL agree.
The NFL Network’s top 100 players special is aired annually and is based on a vote of players around the league. On Wednesday night’s top 10 finale, Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski both climbed one spot from their spots last year, going No. 2 and No. 9 respectively.
The only player to surpass Brady was Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.
Brady — who may only be able to play 12 games this season because of Deflategate — was voted No. 1 in the countdown’s inaugural year in 2011 and has been in the top five ever since. Brady started all 16 regular season games for the Patriots last season, throwing a league-leading 36 touchdowns to accompany his third in the league 4,770 yards passing.
Gronkowski has been in the top 50 every season since 2012, with this season being his first in the top 10. Last season the tight end grabbed 11 touchdowns with 1,176 yards receiving on 72 receptions.
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|Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski land coveted spots in NFL Network’s ‘Top 100′ list||06.30.16 at 1:36 pm ET|
Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski have landed in the Top 10 of the NFL Network’s “Top 100 Players of 2016.”
The order of the top 10 will be revealed in the finale of this year’s series, set to air July 6 at 8 p.m. on NFL Network.
Odell Beckham Jr., Antonio Brown, Julio Jones, Luke Kuechly, Cam Newton, Adrian Peterson, Aaron Rodgers and J.J. Watt are the other players in the top 10.
Brady and Gronkowski will be the second and third members of the Patriots in the Top 100. Teammate Julian Edelman was ranked 87th.
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