Rob Gronkowski leaves comparisons to Travis Kelce to others

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Sunday night’s game between the Chiefs and Patriots will feature two of the best tight ends in the league as Travis Kelce and Rob Gronkowski take the field for their respective teams.

Kelce’s name came up a lot during Gronkowski’s Wednesday press conference and the Patriots tight end said that he thinks Kelce “a great player.” Gronkowski also said he thinks he can learn from watching Kelce play, but he was less interested in making comparisons between himself and the Chiefs star.

Gronkowski was asked about Jason Witten and Patrick Mahomes calling Kelce the best tight end in the NFL in a question that also referenced the two players being the same age.

“Oh, I didn’t even know we were the same age,” Gronkowski said. “That’s pretty nuts actually. But I just try to be the best I can be every single week, do my job every single week. The rankings and all that, the comparisons, all that, I’ll just leave that up to you guys, whatever you guys say. But I just try to do my best. I think he’s a great player and I’ve just got to worry about what I can do to help out the team.”

Kelce’s got a statistical edge on Gronkowski through five games and has benefitted from a deeper cast of supporting characters for most of that time. The Patriots have caught up on that front, which could change the statistical ranking and the next 11-plus games are sure to change some minds about the rankings one way or another.

26 responses to “Rob Gronkowski leaves comparisons to Travis Kelce to others

  1. Gronk might be more talented, but he also plays in BB’s TE-friendly system. Kelce is better overall and doesn’t cause any team drama.

  2. Personality wise, Kelcey seems like a bit of a jerk. Gronk comes across as a pretty good-natured person. As for the game of football, Gronk instills fear in his opponents, whereas Kelcey, on a good day, only serves to make his opponents a little nervous.

  3. This is based on offensive output only.
    Gronk goes up against blocking linemen and linebackers, and
    most of the time wins those battles.
    That makes Gronk the most complete and best TE of all time, case closed!

  4. #1) Zack Ertz
    #2) Gronk
    #3) Kelce
    But Gronk is a better blocker then both and Ertz is the better receiver then both per ProFootballFocus Ertz had just 2 Drops since 2016.

  5. 5 games is too small a sample size. I love Kelce, he’s the best UC Bearcat to play in the NFL, but he’s not even close to Gronk when you considered they are the same age. Gronk has 50 more TDS and 3000 more yards. Gronk could retire today and Kelce wouldn’t match those numbers in his career

  6. Ever notice how all tight ends are always being compared to Gronkowski and not the other way around?

    That answers your question.

  7. 5 games is too small a sample size. I love Kelce, he’s the best UC Bearcat to play in the NFL, but he’s not even close to Gronk when you considered they are the same age. Gronk has 50 more TDS and 3000 more yards. Gronk could retire today and Kelce wouldn’t match those numbers in his career
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    This is exactly right, and doesn’t consider Gronk’s considerable edge in the run game. Also, Zach Ertz?? He’s a nice player, but come on.

  8. Why do most people look only at the receiving part of being a tight-end? Most of the receiving TE barely block and are more like big wide receivers. Gronk is a terrific blocker AND a strong receiver. That’s what makes him special.

  9. Folks forget thru those first 5 games Gronk played nearly 90% of snaps (more than any Pat bar Brady, 3 of the O-linemen and Hogan) AND did so while injured because of Pats being depleted. That’s really why his numbers were modest and why some (Jags) boasted they could cover him.

  10. Excellent comment:

    “they are the same age. Gronk has 50 more TDS and 3000 more yards.”
    Read that, then read it again and let it sink in.

    AND Gronk actually blocks in the run game.

  11. In the 9 years gronk has played he has been picked as been selected all pro first team 4 times. There are very few players that have been selected first team all pro that many times that aren’t in the HOF. He last selection was last year and the only years that he wasn’t selected to the all pro team was his first year and the years he has missed numerous games because of injury.

    Guys like terripet are just trying to amuse us all.

  12. Tony Gonzalez is the greatest TE of all time. Can’t argue with the stats, he’s so far in front it’s not even close. Gates is probably number 2 followed by Shannon Sharpe. Gronk is 4th all time which is still pretty solid.

  13. Gronk is a much better tight end than Kelce. Gronk can block, catch, and get out in space whereas Kelce just has good hands and route running skills he can’t block. To be honest he will be used as a decoy against the Pats the real threat is Tyreek Hill.

  14. Gronk is the prototype of what you want in a tightend blocking ,size ,speed ,hands and his numbers and rings do all the talking he just goes out and plays hard every snap!

  15. Re: “that makes Gronk the most complete and best tight end of all time, case closed”
    You obviously never saw Tony Gonzalez play…

  16. patsfan1820 says:
    October 11, 2018 at 10:13 am
    Gronk is a much better tight end than Kelce. Gronk can block, catch, and get out in space whereas Kelce just has good hands and route running skills he can’t block. To be honest he will be used as a decoy against the Pats the real threat is Tyreek Hill.
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    Apparently you’ve never seen the numerous videos where Kelce is knocking snotboogers out of linebackers, cornerbacks and safeties, multiple yards downfield, when his running backs are doing their jet sweeping magic?

    He’s annihilating people regularly for the Chiefs. Knocking ’em into the next weekend.

  17. When Booger McFarland trolled Gronk on live TV, don’t think for a second Gronk didn’t bank that.

    Expect Gronk to have an enormous day Sunday night.

    That Chiefs secondary is atrocius and you will be facing what IS the best offense in the conf with the Pats.

    The Pats will show why on SUn night.

    Whenever a soup du jour team gets all the headlines due to wanting so bad to dethrown, NE, what the Pats do completely disrespected?

    They look for that respect on national tv. And, it’s OCtober, not Week 1 or Week 2.

  18. doubleogator says:
    October 11, 2018 at 10:46 am
    Re: “that makes Gronk the most complete and best tight end of all time, case closed”
    You obviously never saw Tony Gonzalez play…

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    Yes, I’m well aware of Tony’s accomplishments, and have seen him play for years.
    You’ll obviously change your mind in 6 to 8 years when Gronk hangs his cleats up.
    Most likely with another ring or two.
    Nice try though.

  19. They’re both big, fast, strong, soft hands, good route runners. Gronk is a better blocker and even though they’ve both dealt with a lot of injuries Gronk has obviously produced more. I think it’s fair to say that maybe Kelce will be more productive from this season forward, but to call him outright better is incorrect.

  20. bestcameraanglesnevershown says:
    October 11, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    Apparently you’ve never seen the numerous videos where Kelce is knocking snotboogers out of linebackers, cornerbacks and safeties, multiple yards downfield, when his running backs are doing their jet sweeping magic?

    He’s annihilating people regularly for the Chiefs. Knocking ’em into the next weekend.
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    Gronk does that against LINEMAN.

  21. Kelce and Gronk are both good blockers, both strong runners, and both have good hands. Saying that one is better than the other ignores context. Gronk played TE for the GOAT QB. Kelce’s QB was Smith, who had one year 4,000 yard year. It’s hard to know what Gronk would have done with Smith or what Kelce would have done with Brady.
    Now that Mahomes is passing to Kelce, he’s starting to light it up after a low target first outing in which everyone seemed to get the ball. Now that the Pats have Josh Gordon, it’s harder to double Gronk. Both guys are set to have big games Sunday evening. The Chiefs have issues with their LBs and safeties, who’ll be coving Gronk. Similarly, the Pats have matchup issues with Kelce. It should be a TEs dream game either way.

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