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.