The return of Gronk last week was a good one.
But Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski wants to do more, and it’s obvious there’s more to be done.
Gronkowski caught eight passes for 114 yards in his first game back following offseason back and forearm surgeries. But a look inside the numbers shows he’s still very much working his way back.
According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, Gronkowski only played more than five snaps in a row on the opening drive, and the two-minute drives before the half and the end of regulation. He only took a three-point stance nine times, as they’re trying to limit him early on to the things he does best (catch passes).
“[I’m] trying to improve my game, and by improving your game, it’s improving your conditioning, improving your strength, improving your routes, improving your blocking,” Gronkowski said. “Every week, just going out there, working hard. . . .
“You always get the jitters the first game back and everything, but it’s just football now. Just keep a rhythm going every single week.”
Of course, getting Gronkowski back on the field has an impact beyond his own statistical contributions. With a group of young receivers who have struggled at times, anyone drawing a few double teams can only help their progress.