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Gronk: Hopefully this week it’s go time

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 02: Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots runs on to the field before a game with Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium on October 2, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Patriots have Tom Brady back at quarterback this week, which will make their offense look more familiar than it has over the first four weeks of the season.

It will be even more recognizable if tight end Rob Gronkowski returns to being a disruptive force in the passing game. Gronkowski has played in the last two games after missing the first two with a hamstring injury, but has one catch for 11 yards and has spent most of his time blocking in games against the Texans and Bills.

Gronkowski said he’s heard from fantasy football players about his limited role as a receiver and “can’t even go to the grocery store without getting yelled at” these days. With a couple of weeks under his belt, Gronkowski hopes that his trips down Aisle 9 will be quieter after they face the Browns.

“Hopefully this week, it’s go time,” Gronkowski said, via Ben Volin of the Boston Globe.

Having Brady at the controls rather than Jacoby Brissett can’t hurt the chances that Gronkowski can break out offensively this weekend. As they were able to go 3-1 without much from Gronkowski and nothing from Brady, the Patriots will likely be OK if it takes another week or two so long as Gronkowski remains healthy.

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51 Responses to “Gronk: Hopefully this week it’s go time”
  1. unclebluck says: Oct 5, 2016 12:45 PM

    Brady is Back!!!! Let the Cheating commence!!!

  2. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Oct 5, 2016 12:50 PM

    The implications of this article is unlike Brady, Garoppolo and Brissette don’t need Gronk to win. So with Brady, the Patriots can only go as far as Gronk is healthy. If Gronk goes down, we are no longer SB favorites.

  3. 12thmangohawks says: Oct 5, 2016 12:51 PM

    Who cares, it’s almost hockey season. My money is on the bruins missing the playoffs…AGAIN. And the pats will get knocked out early after another cheating scandal. It’s like the clintons own the team. Lol. Disgraceful

  4. inbillwetrust says: Oct 5, 2016 12:56 PM

    ya damn right hopefully

  5. chippys lost binky says: Oct 5, 2016 12:57 PM

    Due to injury Brisset had no camp and very few practice reps with Gronkowski. Combine that with only 3 targets due to the need to keep him in to block with Brissett at QB and it’s not hard to understand why he has been limited.

    His delivery of that line in the presser was great btw, he was having fun with it. Not the first time it has been obvious that it’s good to be the Gronk.

  6. thelastwordyaheard says: Oct 5, 2016 12:59 PM

    It’s the Browns, take another week off & stay healthy for the Super Bowl run ..forget about those fantasy nerds

  7. kcchefs58 says: Oct 5, 2016 1:03 PM

    He’s dominate when he’s active, but he has issues with staying active.

  8. pwellz says: Oct 5, 2016 1:03 PM

    You meet Gronk and the first thing you think of is fantasy football? Shameful lol..

  9. footballfan825 says: Oct 5, 2016 1:05 PM

    Wasted first round pick in my draft…

  10. profootball13 says: Oct 5, 2016 1:06 PM

    Don’t suppose he would miss less games if he didn’t party and make stupid commercials in the off season?

  11. 12coltsfan12 says: Oct 5, 2016 1:07 PM

    and….good bye to the rest of the AFC😥

  12. chippys lost binky says: Oct 5, 2016 1:12 PM

    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Oct 5, 2016 12:50 PM
    The implications of this article is unlike Brady, Garoppolo and Brissette don’t need Gronk to win. So with Brady, the Patriots can only go as far as Gronk is healthy. If Gronk goes down, we are no longer SB favorites.
    +++++++++++++++++++

    The implication is exactly the opposite but no one expects football logic from a Jests fan.

  13. jackedupboonie says: Oct 5, 2016 1:15 PM

    Great timing, kick some butt now, and stay healthy so nov 13th, we have the one and only heavy weight Sunday night fight. I’m looking forward to that one. All the domination talk will be out the window, may the best team win. The respect will be oozing all over Gillette Stadium.

  14. jackedupboonie says: Oct 5, 2016 1:21 PM

    After watching Jimmy Graham take countless shots at his knees on passes over the middle, I now understand Patriot fans complaints about no see em leg missiles. every pass you cringe, hoping it’s an isolation sideline throw, not a seam, or cross over middle because the blur coming into the screen, is a 190 lb dback flying head first at your guys knees.

  15. 1gallon says: Oct 5, 2016 1:31 PM

    Don’t suppose he would miss less games if he didn’t party and make stupid commercials in the off season?
    —-
    Seriously? Sounds like something my grandmother would say.

  16. silverhat78 says: Oct 5, 2016 1:42 PM

    Always hurt

  17. superpatriotsfan says: Oct 5, 2016 1:47 PM

    Soft.

  18. nhpats says: Oct 5, 2016 1:50 PM

    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Oct 5, 2016 12:50 PM
    The implications of this article is unlike Brady, Garoppolo and Brissette don’t need Gronk to win. So with Brady, the Patriots can only go as far as Gronk is healthy. If Gronk goes down, we are no longer SB favorites.

    ————-

    Your team, the Jets, have never been SB favorites.

  19. Lemmy Aksyadis says: Oct 5, 2016 1:50 PM

    unclebluck says:
    Oct 5, 2016 12:45 PM
    Brady is Back!!!! Let the Cheating commence!!!

    As well as the idiotic comments from children

  20. ftomasic1961 says: Oct 5, 2016 1:50 PM

    back to ‘pushing off and whining when the flag me yet again..’

    fixed it.

  21. patriot420blog says: Oct 5, 2016 1:51 PM

    superpatriotsfan says:
    Oct 5, 2016 1:47 PM
    Soft.

    ————–

    aka not a pats fan

  22. surfinbird1 says: Oct 5, 2016 1:55 PM

    It’ll be great to get him back playing at 100%. Kudos to M. Bennett for being the best overall player on the team week in, week out. Been a great team player.

  23. bullcharger says: Oct 5, 2016 2:03 PM

    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Oct 5, 2016 12:50 PM
    The implications of this article is unlike Brady, Garoppolo and Brissette don’t need Gronk to win. So with Brady, the Patriots can only go as far as Gronk is healthy. If Gronk goes down, we are no longer SB favorites.

    ————

    Oh… I thought the implication of this article was that trolls will keep trolling.

  24. bullcharger says: Oct 5, 2016 2:04 PM

    profootball13 says:
    Oct 5, 2016 1:06 PM
    Don’t suppose he would miss less games if he didn’t party and make stupid commercials in the off season?

    ————

    When you are 3-1 without Brady, why even let Gronk play until Brady is back.

  25. bullcharger says: Oct 5, 2016 2:05 PM

    superpatriotsfan says:
    Oct 5, 2016 1:47 PM
    Soft.

    ————–

    Win

  26. RandyinRoxbury says: Oct 5, 2016 2:08 PM

    Gronk and Brady are back, no one better mess with us now.

  27. bullcharger says: Oct 5, 2016 2:09 PM

    kcchefs58 says:
    Oct 5, 2016 1:03 PM
    He’s dominate when he’s active, but he has issues with staying active.

    ————

    Given Gronk being held out of preseason two years in a row and now a minor injury limiting his playing time I think we can assume that BB now knows how to deploy him.

    He’s like the NOS button. Have to use him at the right time.

  28. weepingjebus says: Oct 5, 2016 2:14 PM

    Getting the feeling that our stable of fake Pats fans all secretly had Gronk on their fantasy teams this year. Because of course they did.

  29. section310 says: Oct 5, 2016 2:19 PM

    What is the mercy rule in the NFL? Poor Cleveland…

  30. donbat67 says: Oct 5, 2016 2:19 PM

    Gronk now play ?

  31. tattooit says: Oct 5, 2016 2:44 PM

    I told you all that Gronk Inc wasn’t going to let Rob go out there until Brady came back. NO WAY were they going let him risk further injury out there playing with QBs that he hasn’t had time to build chemistry with. Just too risky.

  32. chippys lost binky says: Oct 5, 2016 2:51 PM

    tattooit says:
    Oct 5, 2016 2:44 PM
    I told you all that Gronk Inc wasn’t going to let Rob go out there until Brady came back. NO WAY were they going let him risk further injury out there playing with QBs that he hasn’t had time to build chemistry with. Just too risky.
    +++++++++++++++++

    Yeah, about that…
    You might want to do more than scan headlines. He played in the last 2 games

  33. liftheavyorliftheavy says: Oct 5, 2016 3:19 PM

    bullcharger says:
    Oct 5, 2016 2:04 PM

    When you are 3-1 without Brady, why even let Gronk play until Brady is back.

    —————————

    Exactly!

  34. footballfanatic says: Oct 5, 2016 3:33 PM

    Gronk is WAY more important than Brady. Without Brady a 2nd string qb and a 3rd string rookie combined for a 65% completion rate (ranks in top 10 among STARTING QB’s in the league right now), and they have 0 interceptions through 4 games with 3 wins. Without Brady they are looking at a 12-4 record with a 2nd and 3rd string rookie qb. If gronk goes to any other team he dominates, Brady is replaceable. Cassell put up great numbers and 11 wins in that offense, now Jimmy and Jacoby are doing pretty dang well in that offense. Facts are more important than boston fans’ feelings that brady is the reason they win……….

  35. nookers says: Oct 5, 2016 3:40 PM

    Sorry Gronk, you have already served your purpose for Billy

  36. nhpats says: Oct 5, 2016 3:51 PM

    footballfanatic says:
    Oct 5, 2016 3:33 PM
    Gronk is WAY more important than Brady. Without Brady a 2nd string qb and a 3rd string rookie combined for a 65% completion rate (ranks in top 10 among STARTING QB’s in the league right now), and they have 0 interceptions through 4 games with 3 wins. Without Brady they are looking at a 12-4 record with a 2nd and 3rd string rookie qb. If gronk goes to any other team he dominates, Brady is replaceable. Cassell put up great numbers and 11 wins in that offense, now Jimmy and Jacoby are doing pretty dang well in that offense. Facts are more important than boston fans’ feelings that brady is the reason they win……….

    ————-

    Did you watch the game against the Bills last week? Going into that game Brady was 27-3 against the Bills…..and had never been shut out.

    I think that game proves your point is ludicrous. But you want more proof? You claim that Gronk is “much more important” and yet the 2nd and 3rd string QB won the first two games…..get this…..without Gronk!

  37. ikeclanton says: Oct 5, 2016 3:52 PM

    The magical and brilliant Patriots “system” (where, as I understand it, your favorite high school quarterback would do well) is going to work just a liiiiiitle better this week with Brady and Gronk back together again.

    I always sit here wondering just what is holding back the other teams in the league from mimicking this system. They really need to get on that.

  38. rufustfireflyjr says: Oct 5, 2016 3:58 PM

    profootball13 says:
    Oct 5, 2016 1:06 PM
    “Don’t suppose he would miss less games if he didn’t party and make stupid commercials in the off season?”

    He’s a young, single and wealthy professional athlete. What do you expect him to do, sit around all day and contemplate his navel? Party on, dude, I’d do the same thing if I was in your position.

  39. imodan says: Oct 5, 2016 4:20 PM

    donbat67 says:
    Oct 5, 2016 2:19 PM
    Gronk now play ?
    —————————————————————-Did he say that before he cashed his 6 figure paycheck before you cashed in your bottles?

  40. mrreality1 says: Oct 5, 2016 4:23 PM

    I have one word to describe Gronk and I’m gonna SPELL IT OUT FOR YOU!

    S-A-W-F-T

    SSSSSSAAAAAAWWWWWWFFFFTTTTT!

  41. ilovefoolsball says: Oct 5, 2016 4:27 PM

    What’s funny is that so many people took Gronk high because he’s such a good player and are now staring at their 1-3 or 0-4 record.

  42. spillertime21 says: Oct 5, 2016 4:35 PM

    Gronk is probably happy he doesn’t have to face AFC defensive player of the week Zach Brown again this week.

    Now Gronk can get back to pushing off on every play and not getting g called for OPI

  43. chippys lost binky says: Oct 5, 2016 4:43 PM

    nhpats says:
    Oct 5, 2016 3:51 PM
    Did you watch the game against the Bills last week? Going into that game Brady was 27-3 against the Bills…..and had never been shut out.
    +++++++++++++++

    The Brady led Patriots lost the Lawyer Milloy (“they hate their coach”) game to Buffalo 31-0.
    The facts are impressive enough without embellishment.

  44. The Truth says: Oct 5, 2016 4:52 PM

    Way to go Gronk ! How to fight through the pain ! Big one in cleveland this weekend and with ohio state withdrawing from the game so they don’t drop in the fbs standings you’re gonna have a fired up bunch of brownies on your hands

  45. idiedpretty says: Oct 5, 2016 5:05 PM

    Party Bus Gronk will only play when Brady is under center. Nothing wrong with that.

  46. nhpats says: Oct 5, 2016 5:12 PM

    spillertime21 says:
    Oct 5, 2016 4:35 PM
    Gronk is probably happy he doesn’t have to face AFC defensive player of the week Zach Brown again this week.

    Now Gronk can get back to pushing off on every play and not getting g called for OPI

    ————
    The better news is that Gronk won’t have to face Zach Brown after they play in Buffalo as the Bills will be home for the playoffs.

  47. terripet says: Oct 5, 2016 5:14 PM

    What’s the matter gronky you can’t play with back ups

  48. factpurveyor says: Oct 5, 2016 6:09 PM

    Laughing that those that posted “soft” or anything similar as they sat wearing their soft cotton PJ’s with the feet as they typed on their moms computer.

    Those that claim that an NFL football player is “soft” would need physical therapy if they ever played a game 1/2 court basketball.

  49. maust1013 says: Oct 5, 2016 6:13 PM

    idiedpretty says:
    Oct 5, 2016 5:05 PM
    Party Bus Gronk will only play when Brady is under center. Nothing wrong with that.
    ===================

    He played the last 2 games, smh

  50. factpurveyor says: Oct 5, 2016 6:22 PM

    superpatriotsfan says:
    Oct 5, 2016 1:47 PM

    Soft.

    —————————————————————

    Better than any TE your lowly Dolphins have ever had.

  51. factpurveyor says: Oct 5, 2016 6:24 PM

    Brady is Back!!!! Let the Winning continue!!!

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