Rob Gronkowski says he’d hold too, if he was a defensive back

AP

Rob Gronkowski‘s much bigger than most of the people covering him, so he understands why the grab and hold him.

In fact, he’d do the same thing if he was in their shoes.

The Patriots tight end said he’s come to expect teams clutching and grabbing him downfield, in some effort to slow him down. He didn’t draw any defensive holding calls last week against the Chiefs, and was limited to two catches for 33 yards.

“If I was one of those DBs, and you’ve seen film over the last few years, I would definitely be doing that if I was a DB — 100 percent,” Gronkowski said, via Phil Perry of CSNNE.com. “You don’t really see it called ever, so I’ve just got to play with it. Play how the game is called. If I was a DB, I’d do that, too.”

Of course, because he’s bigger than any defensive back who will cross his path, he’s more easily spotted if he tries to push off. That keeps him from the quid pro qou sometimes, but he said he tries to keep from thinking about it.

“I feel like whenever I think about that — ‘I can’t be physical because of the referee, I might get a penalty’ — I actually feel myself off my game,” he said. “So I feel like I should just play my game and just [not] worry about what the refs call, and be physical.

“I don’t like thinking, ‘I can’t be physical on this play.’ You just don’t feel right. I’m just going to stick to my game and just do what I got to do, and do it better.”

The Saints can’t offer anyone nearly as good as Chiefs safety Eric Berry, and after a slow Week One, the chances for Gronkowski to bounce back — and bounce off defensive backs — are better.

15 responses to “Rob Gronkowski says he’d hold too, if he was a defensive back

  1. Defenses cynically feel that whatever it costs they can’t back off because he’ll gain momentum and get 20yds before he’s gang tackled, and so they (at least try to) stay in contact thru more than 5yds because refs won’t call/see it every down and the occasional 5yd cost of that holding call is clearly more than worth the risk. Not sure there’s an answer because the game already favors offenses too much in my opinion.

  2. Not to knee jerk after one game but I didn’t think Gronk looked very fluid turning back towards the QB/ball last week. He looks stiff turning back. Fine running forward, stiff turning back.

    I take no enjoyment in this. I’m a huge Pats fan. I hope I’m incorrect.

  3. Awwwww for once the patsy’s aren’t getting calls???? thats GOT to be hard lol. Your lucky the league didnt take SB’s away from you after cheating. Tom gets every single roughing the passer call possible (as do a lot of big name qb’s), so it all offsets. Stop whining.

  4. Please more excuses, as Rob loves to run up to a player and push of admitting he will do so till called. Only in New England.

  5. Gronk really isn’t wrong. He tends to get held and hit well after 5 yards. He creates a match-up nightmare for teams and there really are only a handful (probably less than 5) guys in the league that can straight-up cover him.

  6. I take no enjoyment in this. I’m a huge homer. I hope I’m incorrect.

    Fixed you mistake there. Gronk pushes off as much if not more than he is held…quit whining Gronk you are becoming like one of your fans…a Whiny little snowflake.

  7. Gronk and Jordy Nelson are the biggest offenders of OPI. At least Gronk gets called for it occasionally. I’m not sure which player complains more when the defense makes contact though. That’s a tough one.

  8. Gronk gets mugged on most plays because most DBs cannot cover him. Most holds are not as obvious as KCs were. Brady tossed the ball his way a few times because the holds were so obvious, but weren’t called.

    I haven’t seen anyone cover him as well as Berry did.

    He did a great job; huge loss to KC.

  9. Nofoolnodrool says:

    September 15, 2017 at 10:11 am

    I take no enjoyment in this. I’m a huge homer. I hope I’m incorrect.

    Fixed you mistake there. Gronk pushes off as much if not more than he is held…quit whining Gronk you are becoming like one of your fans…a Whiny little snowflake.
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    Typical receiver. He’s a macho tough guy until things don’t go his way. Then the big, “unstoppable” tight end becomes a crying little you-know-what.

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