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Rested Gronkowski ready for another big second half

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While it’s hard to imagine Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski replicating last year’s second half, he’s at least had a bye week to give himself a chance at starting the back half of this season healthy.

Gronkowski’s still on pace for 1,160 yards and 14 touchdowns this year, and that’s huge, except when you compare it to the back of his football card.

He caught 90 passes for 1,327 yards and 17 touchdowns last year, with 731 of the yards and 11 of the scores coming in the final eight games.

It always amps up. Every game matters. Every game gets bigger and bigger as the season goes on,” Gronkowski said, via Mark Daniels of the Boston Herald. “We’ve just got to go out there, we’ve got to perform. We’ve got to execute our plays well. I’ve got to be doing my job. I’ve got to be performing to the best of my ability. As an offense as a whole, we’ve just got to go out there and click and get better.”

Being healthy will help toward that goal, as he’s been bothered by an ankle injury all season. Quarterback Tom Brady said Gronkowski “hasn’t had too many chances to practice this season. He’s been listed on the injury report a ton, but he comes out and plays every single week.”

If he’s well enough to play like last November and December’s Gronkowski, he’ll do more than just show up.

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11 Responses to “Rested Gronkowski ready for another big second half”
  1. nygdriveforfive says: Nov 8, 2012 1:36 PM

    Chase Blackburn > Gronk.

  2. jeffchason says: Nov 8, 2012 1:48 PM

    With all these polls about NFL players circulating right now, Id like to see a poll of the 32 coaches regarding the player that is the most difficult to gameplan for. My money is on Gronk to top that list

  3. thenewenglandpatriots12 says: Nov 8, 2012 2:02 PM

    Not looking forward to it are the Bills,Jets and Dolphins…

  4. habsman says: Nov 8, 2012 2:15 PM


    Giant fans would disagree. They believe the most difficult player to game plan for is Chase Blackburn.

  5. thenewenglandpatriots12 says: Nov 8, 2012 2:26 PM

    Gronk has done more on one leg than chase blackburn has done his whole career… He has the chance to break every all-time record for tight ends that stands by the time he retires

  6. nygdriveforfive says: Nov 8, 2012 2:33 PM

    Chase Blackburn….Still hurts dosen’t it Pats fans.

  7. bullcharger says: Nov 8, 2012 2:36 PM

    Chase Blackburn made a great play in the Super Bowl. Ofcouse he could have made the play against a healthy Gronk, but it’s really doubtful. Given how close that game was, a healthy Gronk could have been enough to tip the scales but it doesn’t matter now. A shame from a Patriots fan’s perspective. I really do not like Bernard Pollard.

  8. patriotenvy says: Nov 8, 2012 2:56 PM

    Blackburn sounds familar. Wasn’t Blackburn the guy who was the extra man on the field when Belichick challenged and won?

  9. NakedCowboy! says: Nov 8, 2012 2:56 PM

    With hernandez in and the new found running game… i see his productivity going down… but what a player… bets TE ever to play…

  10. patsfiend says: Nov 9, 2012 1:06 PM

    nygdriveforfive says:
    Nov 8, 2012 1:36 PM
    Chase Blackburn > Gronk.
    Giants fans gonna troll.

  11. patsfiend says: Nov 9, 2012 1:06 PM

    It’s going to be even better next year with Ballard in the lineup. Thanks, Tom!

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