Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is only doing individual work for the Patriots right now, but that individual work appears to be going well enough to create some optimism about his chances of getting on the field for the start of the regular season.
Ben Volin of the Boston Globe reports that Gronkowski was “bursting, planting, and cutting” during Thursday’s practice and that the tight end appeared to have no physical limitations as he made his way around the field.
The limitations from the team’s doctors and coaches aren’t likely to go away in the near future, however. There’s no reason for the Patriots to push Gronkowski any faster at this point in the offseason and that will remain the case into camp since having Gronkowski on the field as much as possible during the season remains the team’s top priority. As a result, starting camp on the PUP list remains a real possibility and the absence could stretch even longer as the team tries to find the right formula for having as much of their potent offensive weapon as possible.
For now, though, it is enough that he’s avoiding setbacks and making progress toward getting on the field in the first place.