Brady will miss Gronk even when not throwing to him

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Rob Gronkowski was perhaps the greatest receiving tight end in NFL history, and the Patriots will miss him now that he’s retired. But even when he wasn’t running a route, Gronk was an integral part of the Patriots’ passing game.

Gronkowski was also a great pass blocker, and Mike Reiss of ESPN notes that Gronk may have been the best pass-blocking tight end in the league.

According to ESPN’s “pass-block win rate” stat — which gives blockers a “win” every time they hold their pass block for at least 2.5 seconds — Gronk was tied with Josh Hill of the Saints as the No. 1 pass blocking tight ends in the NFL. Gronk won on 98 percent of his pass blocks, which was also better than any offensive lineman in the NFL last season (although obviously tight ends are rarely matched one-on-one with an opposing team’s best pass rusher).

Gronkowski’s primary role was as a receiver, but even if other Patriots can make up for the catches that will be lost to his retirement, his contributions as a blocker will be hard to replace.

15 responses to “Brady will miss Gronk even when not throwing to him

  1. Loved GRONK but he’s gone…..
    Looking forward to seeing who takes advantage of the opportunity presented to them….. should be some great camp battles!!!!

  2. thecape15 says:
    June 10, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    One of the more under rated parts of his game.

    He was an awesome blocker.
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    I won’t go into detail about how fast 2.5 seconds is to gain even more stats, but this is comical. I will simply say the guy is a stud and will get into the hall of fame (because he deserves it). I’m sure other Patriot players will also make it to the Hall of Fame based on Super Bowl wins if BB hasn’t sacrificed them to get a compensatory pick in the draft.

  3. It’s not “perhaps the greatest receiving tight end” ever, that’s a ridiculous statement that shows you know nothing about Gronkowski except for the highlights. His blocking was even better than his receiving if anything. He was a true all around tight end. It’s hard to compare to different eras, but he’s easily at least in contention as the best tight end in every aspect.

  4. So will the RB’s, guy was a battering ram on wham blocks and a road grader at the second level.

  5. No doubt Gronk was awesome and an integral part of the offense, both as a receiving and blocking TE. But the Pats and Brady will adapt. It’s not like they haven’t played without Gronk and been successful. Their most memorable SB comeback against Atlanta was without Gronk. They have a whole offseason to change their offense to account for his absence. I think last year, when they didn’t know which Gronk would show up or if he can even play, due to injuries, and still won the SB, is more challenging as the game plan was predicated on his availability. Now that he’s not around, they’ll take the offseason/training camp to adjust with the running game and WRs. Prior Gronk (and even Moss), they were winning with Cadwell and Branch.

  6. (although…TEs are rarely matched one-on-one with an opposing team’s best pass rusher).
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    But 98% dominance! You can be sure at least whenever Gronk was lined up tight to the line in a blocking mode he was opposite one of the opposing D’s best rushers – unless of course those better rushers were actually avoiding whichever side he was lined up on!! GOAT TE.

  7. streetyson says:
    June 10, 2019 at 6:05 pm
    (although…TEs are rarely matched one-on-one with an opposing team’s best pass rusher).
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    But 98% dominance! You can be sure at least whenever Gronk was lined up tight to the line in a blocking mode he was opposite one of the opposing D’s best rushers – unless of course those better rushers were actually avoiding whichever side he was lined up on!! GOAT TE.

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    There is blocking the pass rusher, and there is going through the pass rusher putting him on his seat and continuing out on a pass route.

  8. All last season the know-nothings declared Gronk washed up because he didn’t have big pass/TD numbers. But those who actually watched the games could see how he cleared the way for play after play after play. And he was happy to do it, just wanted to contribute to the wins in whatever way the coaches asked.

  9. Josh McDaniels has nothing to prove as an OC, IMO. But this yr will be interesting with what he has to work with as far as WRs and TEs.

  10. mackcarrington says:
    June 10, 2019 at 8:13 pm
    Brady will miss those private one-on-one beer chugging sessions with Gronk.

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    Was that how they celebrated their winning each year?

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