Bucs will “play it by ear” with Gronk’s snaps in opener

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We’re less than two weeks away from the Buccaneers visiting New Orleans in Week One of the regular season and one of the things to look forward to in that contest is tight end Rob Gronkowski‘s return to game action.

Gronkowski ended his one-season retirement this offseason and signed on to be part of a Buccaneers tight end corps that also includes Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard. With those players on hand and Gronkowski well removed from his last game, head coach Bruce Arians faced a question about how much Gronkowski will play in the opener.

Arians said on Tuesday, via Eduardo Encina of the Tampa Bay Times, the team will “play it by ear” while noting that Gronkowski (and others) struggled with a 16-play drive in the team’s recent scrimmage. Gronkowski won’t control the number of snaps he plays, but said he expects to bring “joy and adrenaline” to the field when he does get the call to play.

If he throws in a few third down catches to go with that joy and adrenaline, Gronkowski’s return to active duty should be a plus in Tampa’s bid for a 1-0 start to the season.

12 responses to “Bucs will “play it by ear” with Gronk’s snaps in opener

  1. touchback6 says:
    September 1, 2020 at 12:26 pm

    there is no way this guy is in football shape

    This from the same person that said Stidham would be the starter

  2. Gronkowski is a genetic freak. Guys like that have to TRY to get out of shape. As long as the soft tissues hold up, he’ll be fine

  3. SWFLPC.INC says:
    September 1, 2020 at 1:01 pm
    touchback6 says:
    September 1, 2020 at 12:53 pm
    bostonblows says:
    September 1, 2020 at 12:33 pm
    ghjjf says:
    September 1, 2020 at 11:48 am
    The Dolphins season will be another failure regardless of who is QB.


    Miami is absolutely heading in the right direction with a future brighter than most than most franchises. I’d be jealous of them if I wasn’t already a fan.

    6 5 Rate This



    Yes, spending 237 million in one free agency period is really the way to build a base of a football team with a falling cap in 2021.

    Hint: You will be god awful this year and next for starters. lmao

    What is it about Miami fans loving their horrible owner and GMs, constantly making big fa splashes every 3 years as players use the franchise for a high, tax free salary?


    Stupid is as stupid does in Florida.


    Why should anyone believe your tripe Ty? You guaranteed s all that Jarrett Stidham would be the starter in NE. Are you still holding with that claim?

    2 3


    No, I said he is the future qb of the franchise. Who knows what will happen during Covid19.

    If Newton is a Covid19 band aid, so be it. I’ve already said BB may treat the first 4 games like preaseason and use different parts of the playbook for differring qbs.

    BB also didn’t discount a platoon idea.

    There’s this thing called Covid19, Brady Fanboy.

    And yes, Gronk has been in camp for only a
    month. For a player who was broken down and barely used in 2018, who retired, and now is making a comeback, yes, there is no way he is in football shape:

    Reading comprehension, please.

  4. SWFLPC.INC says:
    September 1, 2020 at 12:22 pm
    This guy couldn’t wait to get away from BB…

    10 8 Rate This


    Selfish primadonnas don’t do well in NE. Correct.

    2 dynasties, 6 titles

    Your team and others can import ego primadonnas all day as far as I care.

    It’s part of how I know NE wins the division every year.

  5. He was re retired. It’s going to be a work in progress. Few pass plays to start. He will prolly be used to block more than catch in the early parts of the season.

  6. there is no way this guy is in football shape

    Your jealousy oozes with every post.

  7. Not sure if that is their strategy but bringing him on slow so he’s fresher and healthier later in the season would probably be a good strategy especially since they have some depth. Not sure he can make it through a full season any longer.

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