Bruce Arians “not really” surprised by Rob Gronkowski’s lack of catches

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Sunday’s Buccaneers win featured a rare performance from tight end Rob Gronkowski.

Gronkowski went without a catch for the fifth time in 117 career games, which leaves him with two catches for 11 yards while being targeted four times on the season. On Monday, head coach Bruce Arians was asked if he’s surprised by Gronkowski’s contributions in the passing game.

“Not really,” Arians said. “He got a nice pass interference call for us. missed him on the over route. We’re not throwing the ball 50 times to the tight ends. That’s what we have receivers for, that’s the way our offense is built. Gronk’s playing great run blocking in the fourth quarter, so I’m not concerned with his pass catches or his targets.”

Arians dismissed the idea that defenses are “paying that much attention” to Gronkowski and said Tom Brady has simply chosen to go other places with the ball. That may shift in the future, but, for now, Gronkowski’s role in the passing game is a limited one.

13 responses to “Bruce Arians “not really” surprised by Rob Gronkowski’s lack of catches

  1. The Bucs have three excellent TEs, but Bruce says his offense isn’t built to throw to them. Yeah, this guy is a genius.

  2. You gotta save some gas in the tank for the long haul. He’s not prime Gronk anymore but watch his targets to go up in the second half of the season.

  3. Why is anyone expecting Arien’s offense to be Belichick’s offence? Not only do they have multiple weapons in Tampa, something New England never wanted to invest in, it’s a totally different scheme.

    Oh, and he’s not coaching for fantasy owners. Nothing to see here!

  4. So Tampa signs the best quarterback of all time and then adds his former teammate, who might be the greatest tight end of all time. Now the coach says wide receivers catch the ball not the TE’s. Pure genius…yeah right.

  5. he is done

    Now we all know Gronkowski is going to be fine the rest of the season. Mush has spoken.

  6. in order to get open – you need to be able to run. he was just about able to do that 2 years ago. then he took a year + off. it’s hard to get that mojo back when its gone but he still has 4-6 weeks to work at it – we’ll see

  7. “Why is anyone expecting Arien’s offense to be Belichick’s offence?”

    It’s not going to be the exact same offense but after 20 years and that much success it’s pretty clear that BB knew a thing or two about how to maximize Brady’s talents. Failure to study that is going to lead to failure. Brady has 3 picks in two games. That may well settle down but it’s not off to a great start. He hasn’t thrown more than 11 in a year since 2011 and he’s never thrown more than 14. You don’t go a long ways turning the ball over which also explains why Arians teams have struggled to get over the hump because his QBs tend to throw a lot of INTs.

  8. Dude should’ve stayed retired.

    You should stop crying about Brady, Gronkowski and the Pats. Put some energy into the team you root for.

  9. Um, Bruce, what is Gronk a sure bet to the hall of Fame known for doing throughout his career? Maybe making the big catches at the most important times? Think about that for a minute.

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