Rob Gronkowski: Offseason going “super well”

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Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was a spectator for the team’s Super Bowl victory in February as he continued his recovery from back surgery, but he’s no longer limited to an observational role.

Gronkowski has been working in full at the team’s Organized Team Activities over the last couple of weeks and will be doing the same during this week’s mandatory minicamp as long as things continue to go as smoothly as they have to this point.

“Super excited. It’s going super well,” Gronkowski said, via ESPN.com. “Being with the new teammates right now, working together, it’s awesome.”

A healthy Gronkowski may not have been necessary to win the title last season, but a return to form would obviously be a good thing for New England. Given the revised contract he signed with the team this offseason, it would also be a lucrative development for Gronkowski so everyone’s got good reason to want Gronk on the field for all of 2017.

21 responses to “Rob Gronkowski: Offseason going “super well”

  1. The Patriots are going to drop bombs on teams all year. This season will be as boring as the NBA unless you’re a Pats fan.

    I’m already bored by experts trying to make the Steelers a rival.

  2. The offense struggled in the Super Bowl until the Falcons defense ran out of gas. It was too easy for the Falcons to play a straight up man defense. Gronk changes that equation. I wouldn’t suggest that the Patriots would have blown out the Falcons with a healthy Gronk. I would suggest that they probably wouldn’t have found themselves being in a 28-3 hole.

  3. Gronk is very active with local charities, and his public persona is loved by the Patriot fans. He parties, but I’ve never been made aware of him getting into trouble. Probably goes everywhere with a designated driver, and if he did illicit drugs, word would have gotten out! Everyone has a camera phone, and true loyalty is very rare!

  4. pastabelly says:
    Jun 5, 2017 8:56 AM
    The offense struggled in the Super Bowl until the Falcons defense ran out of gas…
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    And yet people forget the score was 0-0 after Q1. And all say Falcons seemed gassed by mid-way through the 3rd, which seems early considering they also had a long SB-halftime break too, so there has to be more to it than just tired. I think it’s more true that the Pats offense just didn’t find any rythym in the first half – something we’ve seen often before. And if not for the refs incorrectly flagging the Pats D for the leap to block a Falcon kick, and if not for a rare Brady interception on Atlanta’s 23 being returned for a score, it could easily have been 13-10 at the half instead of 21-3.

  5. @pastabelly With a healthy Gronk the Pats blow the Falcons out. The Pats offense wasn’t shut down by the Falcons in the first half, they were moving the ball. Check the yardage. With Gronk they would have dropped 50

  6. I think Mr Cooks is gonna change the way defenses play the Pats as well as Gronk. Can’t wait for tbe season, but I hate the way people are already crowning them.

  7. irsaysneedle says:
    Jun 5, 2017 9:17 AM

    too early to predict 19-0?

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    not if you are doing it to annoy people 🙂

    don’t go to Vegas and bet your retirement savings though

  8. Pats have added a whole host of weapons on offense this offseason while improving on defense (Gilmore, Ealy, Lawrence Guy, etc).

    The coup was keeping Branch, Hightower and Butler, though. If just one of those guys left, I’d have a question mark at DT, LB or CB.

    Watch: BB still won’t win Exec of the Year with Nick Caserio taking the honors.

    How can a GM be that legendary and be completely ignored as he exhibits his brilliance?

    It’s just fascinating.

  9. pastabelly says:
    Jun 5, 2017 8:56 AM
    The offense struggled in the Super Bowl until the Falcons defense ran out of gas.

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    Pats were moving the ball in the first half- they had 215 yards. It was the turnovers that killed them.

  10. A good shot at 19-0 this year.

    A great shot at the AFCCG this year.

    A great shot of winning back to back Super Bowls.

    Its good being a Pats fan.

    You all forget we sucked for 40 years (for the most part)

  11. Gronk being back is fantastic.

    In order to protect Gronk’s health they may have to start limiting routes where he is vulnerable over the middle. This will limit his numbers.

    I know his back was injured even before he got that hit (which ended the season). But would he have needed surgery from his ailments before the hit? Or would he have been ok without surgery if that hit hadn’t happened? I never got clarification on this.

  12. .
    Any of the foolish 19-0 talk should be tabled until Belichick says it’s pertinent. However, on paper and before any games have been played, this is the best Patriots offensive squad ever. Having a healthy Gronk makes stopping the Patriots offense go from difficult to near impossible.
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  13. Where’s the annual stories about how Pats have no chance without him complete with tables showing how Brady is just another guy in games without Gronk?

    Boston Globe? Herald? USA Today? ESPN experts? Anybody out there?

  14. Boston Globe…”Brady just pedestrian without Gronk”
    Herald…… “Gronk makes Brady, not the other way around”
    USA Today….” Josh Freeman would still be playing if he had Gronk”
    ESPN Expert….” Gronk should just throw the ball to himself“

    There you go. pat fans are so needy.

  15. ibillwt says:
    Jun 5, 2017 12:02 PM
    Where’s the annual stories about how Pats have no chance without him complete with tables showing how Brady is just another guy in games without Gronk?

    Boston Globe? Herald? USA Today? ESPN experts? Anybody out there?

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    Boston Globe…”Brady just pedestrian without Gronk”
    Herald…… “Gronk makes Brady, not the other way around”
    USA Today….” Josh Freeman would still be playing if he had Gronk”
    ESPN Expert….” Gronk should just throw the ball to himself“

    There you go. pat fans are so needy.

  16. magnumpimustache says:
    Jun 5, 2017 10:48 AM

    You all forget we sucked for 40 years (for the most part)
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    Not all, some of us will never forget. If you want to know whether someone over 40 hasn’t just been along for the ride just mention Zeke Mowatt, Rod Rust, Marc Wilson or Hugh Millen. If they don’t immediately get a look of complete and total disgust on their face and start cursing they didn’t come aboard until some time after Kraft bought the team. To this day even the mention of Victor F Kiam is enough to make most of us want to throw something.

  17. I go further back than that. Clive Rush was certifiable. They once asked the late, great Will McDonough why he never wrote a book about the history of the Pats, since he was there from the beginning. He said he couldn’t . Nobody would believe it.

  18. How can a GM be that legendary and be completely ignored as he exhibits his brilliance?

    It’s just fascinating.

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    I have no first hand knowledge, but it would seem that jealousy of Belichick’s success combined with his less than amiable disposition would account for much of the disrespectful way NFLers treat him.

    He makes it easy for people to hate him. The beauty is, he apparently doesn’t care that they hate him and act petty by denying him the awards he deserves. He is no snowflake.

  19. I think it’s too early to talk about 19-0 until they are 18-0.

    One game at a time, one ring at a time.

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