Gronk, Pats on same page

AP

As the weeks have passed and reports periodically have pointed to the possibility that Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will play, we’ve consistently heard that he’s not ready.

And he consistently hasn’t been.

We’re now hearing that the team and Gronkowski’s camp aren’t at odds regarding his status, contrary to a report that they are.

The more likely explanation is that the Patriots are creating the impression, or allowing it to exist, that Gronkowski is getting closer to playing, forcing their weekly opponents to account during game planning for his possible presence on the field.

As the schedule creeps toward Week Six, the Patriots will invite criticism for shifting Gronkowski from the physically unable to perform list to the active roster, since leaving him on the PUP list would have knocked him out for only six weeks of the regular season.

But two weeks remain until Week Six ends, against quality opponents (the Bengals and Saints).  If Gronkowski plays in either or both games, it arguably will be worth using one of 53 roster spots (and one of seven non-playing positions) on him.

Then there’s the fact that Gronkowski has been able to practice for the past four weeks.  On PUP, his permissible activities would be much more limited.

At some point, his activities will include playing in games.  So far, the Pats have won three without him.

The next three will be harder to win without him.

21 responses to “Gronk, Pats on same page

  1. Even if he’s not ready to go by Week 6, he’s still been able to practice with the team, which means he has less rust to knock off when he actually does play.

  2. Or, you know,they aren’t on the same page and this latest news has been leaked to cover up the mess.

    Which, if it was any team other than the Pats, would have been the consensus about what is going on here.

    As opposed to some theory about the Pats trying to keep opponents guessing in their game planning. Which, if true,isn’t necessarily in line with the spirit of the leagues injury reporting rules. Or every team would be doing it with every key injured player.

  3. I do not believe that the Patriots want him back sooner than he is ready. Maybe if they were 0-3 they would be more anxious about his return, but they are 3-0. In fact, you could argue that Brady giving the new guys all the targets could benefit them come playoff time.

  4. And BennyB82 wins the prize. Why would you put him on the field now when you’re winning without him, so you can win by more? If I’m 3-0 with even he slightest doubt that Gronk is 100% then he rides the pine. If they really needed him he’d probably be playing already.

  5. Arun Krishnan says:
    Sep 28, 2013 7:51 PM

    As opposed to some theory about the Pats trying to keep opponents guessing in their game planning. Which, if true,isn’t necessarily in line with the spirit of the leagues injury reporting rules.
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    You mean BB may not be providing the most accurate injury information??? Hahaa thanks

  6. I tend to believe this report over the Herald’s. PFT has been the most accurate on Gronk’s status so far as well.

    Why would the Patriots want to rush him back? They know they need Gronk for the long haul. Plus they are 3-0 and are playing a non-conference foe this week, games against non-conference teams don’t really mean that much in the grand scheme of things.

    If anything it would be more important to have Gronk and Amendola back next week against Cincy.

    Not putting Gronk on the PUP list was the right choice. He’s been practicing and getting back into football shape. This whole process would have started week six or seven if they put him onto the PUP so they could roster a guy like Marquice Cole or Kanorris Davis.

  7. As soon as I read the last line of the Herald story, “Ron Borges contributed to this report” I immediately discarded its veracity and believed this one instead.

  8. boblavoie says: Sep 28, 2013 8:13 PM

    Hey – your the media! Just ask Bill Belechick, he’ll give you a straight answer.
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    LOL – This is sarcasm at its best – nice post!

  9. marima07 says: Sep 28, 2013 10:01 PM

    As soon as I read the last line of the Herald story, “Ron Borges contributed to this report” I immediately discarded its veracity and believed this one instead.
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    That’s it! Ron Borges is logicalvoice – it all makes sense now…

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