Rob Gronkowski is back, and being Gronk on the field

AP

There are always players a little extra excited for the first day of training camp, usually rookies or guys on new teams.

But in Patriots camp, it was tight end Rob Gronkowski bouncing around, spiking footballs and generally looking like a much younger Gronk.

Part of that comes with health, as the 28-year-old Gronkowski has recovered from back surgery and has been given the green light by coach Bill Belichick.

“I’ve definitely had a longer vacation than a lot of guys,” Gronkowski said, via Mike Giardi of CSNNE.com. “I’d probably say I was the most eager to get going, to get rolling.”

So when he got to the end zone in practice, he punctuated each of the three with celebrations, perhaps getting ready for this year’s more relaxed rules.

“It’s football,” he said. “Just when you’re feeling good out there and making plays you just want to have fun. That’s the whole game of football. Have fun out there, enjoy it and have competition. Competition is huge. That’s what gets you better. That’s what makes you better as a player. That’s what makes the team better — competition. . . .

“I don’t even notice know what I did. It wasn’t like a real spike, it was just like tossing it to the ground. Juiced up, just trying to make plays out there.”

Of course, Gronk’s sense of Gronk being Gronk may not be like what the rest of us see, but the Patriots are relieved to see their star tight end healthy and feeling good.

37 responses to “Rob Gronkowski is back, and being Gronk on the field

  1. I was at the praices. He did to the mini spikes (they were just quck little things, no wind ups) but also he spent the practice working hard with an intense focus. Really the whole team was like that. Belichick wasnt easing them into anything. He had last year set aside and a sense if urgency for this year going right out the gate. This does not look like a team thinking they are all set go 19-0 or even assuming they will make the playoffs. This looks like a team not comfortable about anything and thinking they need to work their tails off for whatever they can get.

  2. So glad to have this guy on the TEAM….. The offense just becomes so much harder to defend with him out there….he plays so physical it’s no wonder he sometimes goes down for a bit….. My guess is he doesn’t see any pre season games & bill uses that time to see who will be his best backups or 2nd package TE to put out there with him amongst the guys on the roster battling it out to make the 53 man roster…. Should be a great competition for that spot!!!
    Go Pats!!?

  3. For a meathead, he has a high football IQ and knows when the season is on, that he needs to be all business. He really should try to act his age when the calendar turns to February though.

  4. crush22 says:
    Jul 28, 2017 7:33 AM
    Made of glass.

    TheCommish says:
    Jul 28, 2017 7:48 AM
    Injured by Week 5. Book it.
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    He’s played in 88 out of 112 reg games (68TDs), plus 10 out of 14 playoff games (9TDs) since drafted. Which is pretty good for a guy who defenses can only tackle by holding or knee-capping. Despite missing those games his 77 TDs, averaging 11 TDs/yr – is a higher rate than Sanders, Gates, Gonzalez, etc – who he will probably pass in totals too, even if he only plays another 4yrs. He’s also probably the best blocking TE in the game. So stay salty my friends.

  5. He is 100% correct. These are men playing a freaking game. If you can’t enjoy your work preparing for these games you should absolutely find something better to do with your life.

  6. Um..He does act his age.
    The dude is in his 20’s if you were not out being an idiot, you wasted those wonderful years.
    Work hard, play hard. I think I averaged 4 hours of sleep from 18-30.

  7. patriotmaleorgy says:
    Jul 28, 2017 9:10 AM
    Cheating obviously helps patriots win games but it can’t keep Gronk healthy.
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    Weak.

  8. stucats says:
    Jul 28, 2017 8:00 AM
    the MEATHEAD is back in town, he is such a clown, when the Pats get beat I will enjoy his frown & his underwear will be brown.

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    If you go to a practice and watch the effort and detail he puts into the game you would see he is no meathead. He also talks to the other TE helping them get better too. When you see what goes on on the practice field you see that he is one of the hardest working, knowledgeable, team players in the game.

    Hate him all you want but really its just because you wish he was on your team.

  9. majormalphunktion says:
    Jul 28, 2017 8:54 AM
    Um..He does act his age.
    The dude is in his 20’s if you were not out being an idiot, you wasted those wonderful years.
    Work hard, play hard. I think I averaged 4 hours of sleep from 18-30.
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    I never said he was breaking any laws, only that he hasn’t grown up yet. As long as he keeps that after the season and not during, nobody should have a problem with it. At least you used the term idiot, so we are in agreement.

  10. Gronk being Gronk. Good to know…

    As a fan, i’m a little more interested to see how Dwayne Allen is looking in the offense…he could end up being the key to a successful season in NE.

  11. Hopefully Brady will stop exposing him to unnecessary punishment. He will be a nice security blanket for Garropolo when he takes over.

  12. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Jul 28, 2017 3:25 PM
    “Hopefully Brady will stop exposing him to unnecessary punishment. He will be a nice security blanket for Garropolo when he takes over.”

    Proof once again that the fake Pats fans with sockpuppet fan names on PFT know nothing about the team, just the regurgitate the fiction that they have conjured up in their Mom’s basement. Maybe try watching a few games before making your bogus comments?

    Brady seldom leads Gronk into trouble with passes. Gronk draws a crowd no matter where he is on the field (except when playing the Stillers for some reason) or what route he is running. He gets held by the defense and receives contact on nearly every play, and he still gets his catches and yards. Its truly pathetic when the secondaries become so frustrated that they start double teaming with cheap hits trying to “take him out”. If you were a professional football player on defense, would you forever want to be known as the guy that took out the best Tight End in the game with a cheap shot?

    Now, if you were talking about Edelman (or Welker in days past) I might have agreed that those little guys are taking a licking on those inside routes. The only licking that Gronkowski gets is self induced.

  13. Concussion182 says:
    Jul 28, 2017 5:29 PM

    Patriots are cheaters! Here’s a little something for Pats fans..

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    You can keep your baby bottle. Judging by your previous PFT postings, you need it.

    Science says that 31 teams cheated the Patriots. Butt hurt science denying fans of teams that didn’t make the playoffs….parrot the “cheaters” nonsense like its their jobs.

  14. churchofthehoody says:
    Jul 28, 2017 9:30 AM

    Soo much salt…
    no wonder heart disease and jealousy are the number 1 killers of non-Pats fans…

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    Stupidity is the Patriot haters number one hobby.

  15. patriotmaleorgy says:
    Jul 28, 2017 9:10 AM

    Cheating obviously helps patriots win games

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    Stupidity obviously helps patriot haters deal with the patriots success.

  16. A lot of salt on this thread…

    When healthy Gronk is literally unstoppable!

    Maybe you like NE, or maybe you don’t, but I’d love to have him on my team, and I’m sure most of you who aren’t NE fans would love to have him on your team too!

  17. The guy is great. Fantastic TE and has fun in the offseason. Smart with his money and doesn’t get into trouble with the law or money grubbing skanks. If you don’t love Gronk you don’t love America.

  18. The only reason Gronk gets injured, is because he’s playing at 100% ALL the time. He never takes the easy route. Accordingly, he gets injured on occasion, usually by opposing players going for his knees.

    And when you look at the big TE’s in league, they are all stiffs compared to him (intensity in routes), and many are banged up. I recall watching Bennett miss a couple thrown his way in SB. Tell me Gronk wouldn’t have caught those, at least one of them?

  19. If Odell Beckham acted like Gronk, Pats fans would be all over him for it. But I guess that winning excuses acting like a drunken frat boy off the field in their eyes.

  20. “If Odell Beckham acted like Gronk, Pats fans would be all over him for it. But I guess that winning excuses acting like a drunken frat boy off the field in their eyes.”

    There’s a difference here. Gronk has fun in the offseason.

    In the playoffs the moment the regular season was over the Pats worked their rear ends off in the bye week on what they considered their own issues. Brady mentioned he was studying film on all 3 possible divisional round opponents on the flight back from the last regular season game as well.

    Beckham didn’t even have a bye week still went and partied in Miami with other Giants receivers the week of the wild card round, and then had a bad playoff game as the team got slaughtered by the Packers.

    Play all you want in the offseason. Beckham deserves every bit of criticism he got for doing so in a playoff game week instead of working hard on getting a win.

  21. So it’s OK for Gronk to participate in Wrestlemania after having his 3rd back surgery in December? That’s being a “team first guy”? Just because it was the off-season and he didn’t get injured doesn’t make it a smart move, or even an excusable one.

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