Scott Chandler: I’m not trying to be Gronk because I would fail

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We know the Patriots will have to shift some things around offensively without tight end Rob Gronkowski while he recovers from a knee injury.

We don’t know exactly what they’re planning to do on that front, but there’s a good chance that being the next tight end up on the depth chart will make Scott Chandler part of those plans. Chandler says that no one should expect him to simply step into Gronkowski’s shoes, though.

“I don’t know that it’s always that easy,” Chandler said, via NESN.com. “There’s not a lot of Robs walking around. I’m just doing what I can here. I’m focused on that. I’m not trying to be Rob, because I would fail.”

Chandler, who signed with the Patriots as a free agent this offseason after five years with the Bills, has 19 catches for 198 yards and three touchdowns on the season. Those numbers don’t jump off the page, but he had five catches for 58 yards and a touchdown in his most productive outing of the season last week. That might not be Gronk-level output, but Chandler should be a useful piece for the Patriots as long as Gronkowski is missing in action.

20 responses to “Scott Chandler: I’m not trying to be Gronk because I would fail

  1. Trying to be like Gronk? Hell, Chandler is failing at being Chandler. Wasn’t this guy supposed to be good?

  2. Chandler hasn’t received a totally fair shake because Brady often doesn’t even look his way when he’s on a passing route.

    With Gronk out Brady will be forced to look his way more and I think the season will turn around for him.

  3. No Edelman
    No Amendola
    No Lewis
    No Gronk
    No Solder
    No Collins
    No Hightower
    No Coleman

    Still 10 – 1. What’s your excuse?

    PS – How can BB and Brady not be front runners for Coach of the year and MVP? Beyond believable

  4. Just catch the ball when it hits you on your yetti hands,and don’t miss blocks and get Brady flattened. That’s all we need from you.

  5. Realistic, since he does not have Gronk’s catching ability. There aren’t a lot of 6’6″ guys that can catch a pass at their ankles and then break three tackles while the refs throw flags at their eyes for making Roger Goodell look bad.

  6. Hey, Scott, as a Pats fan, I gotta ask you….couldn’t you give it a try? Just a little try, you might not make it…but, it couldn’t hurt! Half a Gronk is better than no Gronk!

  7. What??? Rob sucks, its the unbelievable Tom Brady who throws immaculate 3yd and 7 yd slants that make Rob so good. I mean its not like just any qb in the league can make screen or slant passes. I know those are labeled as ‘high percentage passes’ because they are easy but Tom just does it so well! lol.

  8. C’mon Scott…channel some of that Gronk within you!
    You just have to find that beast within, and those dance moves and your good to go.
    From the peanut gallery, Gronk succeeds because he generally always makes the catch (hydraulic mitts clench the ball), then he turns and starts to rumble. He treats corners like paper bags (swings his arms like a bludgeon), and if a linebacker tries to get him from behind, he wraps the ball with both hands and just pedals his legs like he is in a race to the finish line. The linebacker tries to arm tackle, but is unable to hang onto the moving tree trunk, and slides off. Of course, the only worry is the safety going low. Gronk has been practicing his ballerina moves, and it has paid off or we would have lost him for a year. You see a low missle, jump!
    Don’t be afraid to use your size as a battering ram…you have a habit of getting too light on your feet when catching ball. Catch, plant, turn, smash or whack opponent, then get some speed….best of luck.

  9. .
    After Chandler dropped a 23 yard strike in a tight game against Buffalo, I thought Brady was going to choke him.
    .

  10. Guys, the team is 10-1. The players are leaving it all out on the field. Let’s hope they are relatively healthy for the post season, especially Brady who has taken a beating this year despite playing lights out.

  11. “Chandler hasn’t received a totally fair shake because Brady often doesn’t even look his way when he’s on a passing route”

    Maybe if Chandler would catch more than about 1 in 3 or 4 he would get more tries. He’s dropped a bunch of passes where Brady was spot on and hit him right in the hands.

  12. He is an adequate backup that’s it too many drops ,if he were mare than that he would still be in buffalo

  13. .Very funny about the 3 yard and 7 yard slants, like it’s a bad thing instead of pin point passing.

    The truth is Tom runs the best short game on earth, then when the game is under control, he can step on your throat, run up the score and get Peyton Manning type stats. He is a triple threat to throw short to covered receivers , throw deep to wide open receivers , and run for 1st downs with a powerful quarterback sneek.

    Tom will make a star out of Chandler just as he has always done with his receivers. If he listens to Toms advice and does his job he will be in the pro bowl or super bowl.

  14. footballfanatic says:
    Dec 3, 2015 4:02 PM
    What??? Rob sucks, its the unbelievable Tom Brady who throws immaculate 3yd and 7 yd slants that make Rob so good. I mean its not like just any qb in the league can make screen or slant passes. I know those are labeled as ‘high percentage passes’ because they are easy but Tom just does it so well! lol.
    ———————–
    The ole anybody can do it rant, I love it. Yet, what Brady does wins championships….multiple ones. You’d think other, ‘more skilled’ QBs would just do the same thing and win the SB right?

    How this stuff gets lost on people is astonishing. Although based on the youth today nothing surprises me anymore.

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