|Rob Gronkowski ‘good to go’ regarding his health: ‘Probably shouldn’t be a question ever again’||10.06.14 at 3:21 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Rob Gronkowski is getting tired of the questions.
For the second time in less than a week, Gronkowski said he was fed up with the questions about his health as the tight end has now played in all five games this season after tearing his ACL last December.
“I’m good to go. Probably shouldn’t be a question ever again,” he said after Sunday’s win. “I’m feeling good. I’m out there playing whenever the coaches call me in — if they want to call me the whole game, if they want to call me half the game — I’m going to go in whenever the coaches call my name.”
And if Sunday night was any indication, based on his play on the field, there shouldn’t be many more questions, as per Pro Football Focus Gronkowski played 68 of a possible 87 snaps, by far the most number of snaps he’s played in a game this season. His previous high was 46 in Week 3 against Oakland.
Also standing out Sunday was the number of plays he was a run blocker on — 31 of his 68 snaps were run blocking. Prior to Sunday, Week 3 against the Raiders was the only other game where he was a run blocker for more than 12 plays as he run blocked on 16 plays, also per Pro Football Focus.
At the beginning of the season, it appeared the Patriots were monitoring the plays he was in on, as it was mostly third downs and passing plays. In Week 1 in Miami, he played 38 snaps with only eight of them having him serve as a run blocker.
Gronkowski is now focused on making sure he will be on the field for the full 16 games in the regular season, something he hasn’t been able to do since 2011.
“I’m just working hard on whatever I can do, whatever the coaches and training staff ask me to do,” said Gronkowski. “I just have to keep on rehabbing, staying strong and work so I can be strong the whole season.”
|Tom Brady on D&C: Reports of issues with coaches not true, ‘I’ve always had input on what we do’||at 10:54 am ET|
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on Dennis & Callahan on Monday morning, following Sunday night’s 43-17 rout of the Bengals. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
The Patriots rebounded from last Monday’s humiliating loss to the Chiefs and tuned out all the criticism to put together a bounceback performance against the previously undefeated Bengals.
“There’s a lot of people outside of our locker room that never want to really see the Patriots win or do well. Certainly our opponents in the AFC East,” Brady said. “The more you eliminate distractions and eliminate listening to what people may say or think about you, the more you can focus on what you’re able to do. It was a really tough loss for us last week, we understand that it was one game and we didn’t play well and we can perform a lot better than we did, and we went out there and did it last night, which was really great to see, ’cause we’re a team that has a lot of mental toughness and a lot of heart. I’m glad that we went out and played our best game of the year so far.
“It’s a great step, it’s just a building block, it’s one game in a long season. We’ve got a huge one this week against Buffalo. So we’ve got to bring the same attitude, like we do every week, really an urgency to get better, make improvements, and then go out there and let it rip next Sunday.”
There was an ESPN report that there was “tension” between Brady and the coaches, and the quarterback’s input in game plans had been “significantly diminished.” Brady said that’s not the case.
“I’ve always had input on what we do,” he said. “I think that’s what’s been so great for me being here, is I’ve always had the opportunity to say how I feel and what I think. Those are very personal discussions I have with my coaches. They have so much respect for me, I have so much respect for them. I don’t feel that way, I would never say that way. It’s nice to for me to have an opportunity when you hear from my voice how I really feel. I feel there’s no place I’d rather play. Certainly there’s no coach I’d ever want to play for than coach [Bill] Belichick. My relationship with the offensive coaches is great. I respect them way more than they even know for the work that they put in to try to get us players ready to play.
“I think we’ve had a good thing going for a long time. I can see why people could try to be divisive when things aren’t going well. That’s not what our team’s always been about.The problems we’ve experienced this year have nothing to do with anything that’s been written or said. I try to tell you guys it’s about our execution and what us players need to do.
“Our coaches put us in a great position to win every week. And the way that they prepare, there’s nobody that has more respect for them than me. And certainly, if I ever had an issue with anybody in our organization, then how we deal with it as men is we go talk to each other about it. It’s unfortunate when things get said because I said after the game there’s very personal relationships that I have that you have years and years of trust and support with. And then someone other than myself says something and it gets reported as if it’s a fact. But there’s certainly no truth to it, to the way that I feel. And they know the way that I feel about them. It’s actually a great opportunity for me to say that from my own voice of how much I respect and love the job that they do for us players, because I don’t think there’s a better staff in the league that puts us into to position to win each week as players.”
Added Brady: “Absolutely not [true]. I’ve always had input. There’s not one play that’s ever been called in a game that I’ve said, ‘Look, I don’t want to run that play.’ That’s not the way it works. I think there’s always a great working relationship that I’ve had certainly when Charlie [Weis] was here, when Josh [McDaniels] was here the first time, when Billy [O'Brien] was calling plays, when Josh was calling plays this time. And we talk all the time. I’ve always had the ability to do those things. That’s what makes going to work every day challenging ’cause there’s always so much to learn and to work with people that you trust and respect — and they’re a hell of a lot smarter than me — that usually brings out the best in me. As I said, I’m very lucky to have those guys.”
|Rob Gronkowski: ‘We made Tom Brady look like Tom Brady after [media] criticizing him all week’||at 1:16 am ET|
FOXBORO — Although the Patriots may not openly say it — Sunday night’s win was for Tom Brady.
After all the reports throughout the week of his play declining and him being unhappy with some things in New England it was clear that was on the team’s minds going into Sunday night’s 43-17 blowout win over the Bengals on Sunday night football.
“Before we came to the game I go, ‘I’m going to make 12 look like Tom Brady again’ and I went out there with my teammates and we made Tom Brady look like Tom Brady after you guys were criticizing him all week,” tight end Rob Gronkowski said. “The fans — everything it feels so good — he’s such a leader and he went over 50,000 yards [passing] today. He’s an unbelievable player and I am so glad to play with him.”
Brady played his best game of the season going 23-for-35 passing for 292 yards and two touchdowns. It was the most passing yards he’s had in a game this season. In the process he became the sixth quarterback in NFL history to pass for more than 50,000 yards.
“It’s an honor — I am humbled about it,” Gronkowski said of catching the pass for Brady to eclipse the mark. “It’s great to even play with him. He’s such a leader and he helps me make me the player I am. Coaching me and throwing the ball to me, he deserves every honor he gets. I’m proud to be out there playing with him.”
Although Gronkowski said he didn’t hear exactly what was being said in the media about his quarterback — he did have one message for Brady’s critics.
“If they were saying he was old, that’s BS because he’s a young buck in my book. I feel like he’s my age,” said Gronkowski.
|Rob Gronkowski on Tom Brady: ‘We have faith in him leading us in the right direction’||10.02.14 at 4:04 pm ET|
FOXBORO — While some have lost faith in Tom Brady‘s abilities, Rob Gronkowski is still a believer.
Other Patriots’ players have publicly backed their quarterback in the wake of Monday’s ugly 41-14 loss to the Chiefs in Kansas City. And after practice on Thursday, Gronkowski echoed their statements, saying his level of faith in Brady’s ability to turn this around is “to the max.”
“He’s our quarterback. He’s the one who leads us,” said Gronkowski, who has 13 catches for 147 yards and three touchdowns on the season. “He’s a great leader. With him, hopefully, we turn things around a little bit. We definitely have faith in him in leading us in the right direction.”
Over the course of the first four games of the season, the New England offense has struggled: Through four games, the Patriots are 29th in the league in total offense (298.5 yards per game), 30th in average passing yards per game (201.0), 23rd in average rushing yards per game (97.5) and 24th in average points per game (20).
Gronkowski confessed to a small level of frustration about the way things have gone down over the first four games.
“Little bit, for sure,” he said. “[But] we just have to bring out what we’ve been doing at practice, bring it out on Sundays. I believe we can do that. We just have to keep making sure we’re executing in practice. We just have to come together and show what we have on Sunday.
“I feel like if we stick together and keep working hard everything will click, and we should be fine.”
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|DB Nate Ebner (finger), OL Cameron Fleming (finger) miss Wednesday practice||10.01.14 at 6:41 pm ET|
Defensive back Nate Ebner (finger) and offensive lineman Cameron Fleming (finger) were the only two Patriots held out of practice by the team on Wednesday because of injury.
In addition, the Patriots listed four as limited, a group that includes linebackers Dont’a Hightower (knee) and Jamie Collins (thigh), as well as defensive end Chandler Jones (shoulder).
The Patriots continue preparing for their date with the Bengals Sunday night at Gillette Stadium.
Did Not Participate
DB Nate Ebner (finger)
OL Cameron Fleming (finger)
LB Jamie Collins (thigh)
CB Alfonzo Dennard (shoulder)
LB Dont’a Hightower (knee)
DE Chandler Jones (shoulder)
TE Rob Gronkowski (knee)
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|Rodney Harrison on MFB: ‘[Tom] Brady just looks like he’s scared to death back there’||09.30.14 at 12:37 pm ET|
NBC Sports analyst Rodney Harrison made his weekly appearance on Middays with MFB on Tuesday to discuss the Patriots’ embarrassing 41-14 loss to the Chiefs on Monday night. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.
Harrison said he was “shocked” at the performance by his former team, as the Patriots were dominated for one of the rare times in the Bill Belichick era in Foxboro
“I’m trying to be mellow, but it really hurt me,” Harrison said. “I’m not used to seeing a team go out that was so unprepared, a team that was flat-out embarrassed. You expect your best players to step up and be able to make plays, and you put on that tape and you just see quarterbacks not afraid to go at [Darrelle] Revis, Vince Wilfork, he missed a tackle that could have stopped that touchdown, [Jerod] Mayo gets burned on a touchdown, [Tom] Brady just looks like he’s scared to death back there.
“It’s so many issues. If it was just one issue, then you could probably fix it. But it’s so many issues, that’s the concern that I have.”
Added Harrison: “This was a case of the Patriots going into a situation and you’d think the players just showed up and said, ‘OK, I’m part of the Patriots, we’re going to win this game.’ But if you look at the Oakland film, Oakland should have beat the Patriots. So this is a team that everyone says, ‘Hey, don’t worry, they’ll be fine.’ No, you have to worry, because they have a lot of looming issues.
“You look at the offensive line, they looked like basically Kansas City was going up against a high school offensive line. They have no deep threat. Where’s the deep threat? Then you pay Danny Amendola all this money and he’s just virtually nonexistent. So if I’m Bill, I’m definitely concerned. You look on the defensive side of the ball, you can’t even get a pass rush. So it’s a lot of issues there.”
|Patriots list 6 as probable for Monday, including CB Alfonzo Dennard, TE Rob Gronkowski and LB Jamie Collins||09.27.14 at 4:16 pm ET|
On Saturday, the Patriots listed six played as probable for Monday night’s game against the Chiefs, including cornerback Alfonzo Dennard, tight end Rob Gronkowski and linebacker Jamie Collins. In addition, the Patriots officially placed defensive lineman Sealver Siliga on injured reserve-designated for return with a foot injury.
Here’s the complete injury report
Did Not Participate — Placed on IR-DFR
DT Sealver Siliga (ankle)
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