Rob Gronkowski: I’m enjoying myself, I know what I signed up for

Getty Images

Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians and quarterback Tom Brady each weighed in on the quiet start to tight end Rob Gronkowski‘s season this week, but we had to wait until Friday to hear from Gronkowski about his role on the offense.

Arians complimented Gronkowski’s blocking skills while saying the team is going to throw the ball to the best choice on a given play and that seemed to strike a chord with the tight end. He referred to himself as “a blocking tight end” multiple times during his session with the media while making it clear that he’s happy to do whatever he’s asked to do.

“I’m enjoying myself. I know what I signed up for,” Gronkowski said, via Greg Auman of TheAthletic.com.

Gronkowski noted that the game plan can change from week to week, so he could see some more passes his way against the Broncos this Sunday. He could also spend the day opening holes for Ronald Jones and Leonard Fournette, and it doesn’t sound like he minds either option.

32 responses to “Rob Gronkowski: I’m enjoying myself, I know what I signed up for

  1. Gronkowski is a good blocker, and does seem to enjoy that aspect. The TEs who do not relish that part of their duties are usually not very good at it. I am sure there will be games where he gets more catches. But, I bet he is enjoying not being the only capable receiving option, as he sometimes was in N.E.

  2. I guess if you haven’t watched all of Gronkowski’s games over his career, you get a false picture of him. But he has always done a ton of blocking and he enjoys it. I expect he’ll keep up with it and every now and then he’ll also catch a pass. In a team loaded with receivers, that seems appropriate.

    Yeah, I can hear some people saying he’s getting paid too much for that role, but nobody held a gun to the Bucs’ heads to make the deal. Given how much additional visibility he’s given the team when he was added after Brady, I doubt it’s a bad deal for the Bucs. Bet they’re selling a ton of Gronk jerseys, and the Bucs games have never achieved the kind of television exposure that they’re now getting. A lot of that is Brady, but some of it is Gronk too.

  3. Gronk has always been a selfless team player. Known during his peak days as the best blocking tight end in the league, he is happy to do whatever it takes to win. All the Fantasy football chuckleheads who drafted him expecting Gronk Brady circa 2015 got a bum deal, but hey, he ain’t what he used to be and neither is Brady

  4. Sorry Bucs fans, the Gronk you thought you were getting is from 2017. Everyone in NE knows Gronk was just a slower version of his old self in 2018. Then he spent 2019 smoking pot and not playing any football. He can still block, and will catch an occasional pass that will re-stoke your hopes, but that’s it.

  5. Gronk is Gronk. If you’re not expecting him to take off big time, you’re going to be surprised. This is exactly what they want everyone to think.

  6. When Gronk was the number one pass catching option, I would often see him get absolutely leveled across the middle. Im sure he isn’t missing the concussions and constant injuries from that, and if you ARE going to do that, why make him take hits like that in week 3, that for a playoff run. Its not like he’s some rookie who you gotta test.

  7. Gronk’s blocking the first two weeks has been excellent. It makes a big difference and affects everything else. He has also had some drops. He will get with it.

  8. This is not surprising. Arians has been a long time supporters of TE blocking before being pass catchers. I mean look at the last 6 seasons for him.

    #1 TE

    2019- Cameron Brate 36 rec
    2017- Jermaine Gresham 33 rec
    2016- Jermaine Gresham 37 rec
    2015- Darren Fells 21 rec
    2014- Rob Housler 9 rec
    2013- Rob Housler 39 rec

    Brate split time with Howard, Gresham split time with Fells, and Housler split time with Fells and Jim Dray. Now I am not sure about Dray, but I know Gresham, Housler, Brate, Howard, Gronkowski are all good pass catchers. However, Arians asks these guys to block. Which there are capable of but he is missing out on a good target. Honestly it seems odd that he would ask a bunch of TE that can catch to split snaps and block first, not run routes. He did take Troy Nikklas in the 2nd round though, so not a surprise that he cares about a TE who is a 6th OL. Either way the trio of Gronk, Howard and Brate will continue to be blockers, that is just how Bruce rolls.

  9. This is not surprising. Arians has been a long time supporters of TE blocking before being pass catchers. I mean look at the last 6 seasons for him.
    #1 TE

    2019- Cameron Brate 36 rec

    2017- Jermaine Gresham 33 rec

    2016- Jermaine Gresham 37 rec

    2015- Darren Fells 21 rec

    2014- Rob Housler 9 rec

    2013- Rob Housler 39 rec

    Brate split time with Howard, Gresham split time with Fells, and Housler split time with Fells and Jim Dray. Now I am not sure about Dray, but I know Gresham, Housler, Brate, Howard, Gronkowski are all good pass catchers. However, Arians asks these guys to block. Which there are capable of but he is missing out on a good target. Honestly it seems odd that he would ask a bunch of TE that can catch to split snaps and block first, not run routes. He did take Troy Nikklas in the 2nd round though, so not a surprise that he cares about a TE who is a 6th OL. Either way the trio of Gronk, Howard and Brate will continue to be blockers, that is just how Bruce rolls.

  10. In a league filled with “ME” guy ball hogs, this is a breath of fresh air. Don’t worry, when they need him he’ll show up. He might come off as wild party boy …. but when the pressure is on and they need him, he’ll answer the bell.

  11. love the gronk man but one things for sure you will not be seeing the gronkster running down the seam those days are OVER….

    He’s got ten million reasons not to

  12. They will get him more involved week by week. Hell Brady has only played 2 games with this team. by week 6 they will be clicking on all cylinders. Including Gronk! Division Winners.

  13. Gronk is pro football’s version of Fred Flintstone. That’s why he appeals to so many people here. A lot of you are pre-historic cavemen at heart.

  14. So,he feels the need to say that he is doing what they pay him to do? Why give him credit for speaking up? He is being paid to do a job, whatever that entails. This is a backhanded way to say he is not happy…..

  15. All the focus on Gronk has made people forget another TE who came out of retirement and is not being used very much — Raiders’ TE Jason Witten.

  16. I have seen this with the Patriots. First, he is a REALLY GOOD blocking TE. Second, they will let you go to sleep on him then WHAMMO! he sneaks out for a pass and you are done for. Although Cam has made up for the loss of Brady at QB, I still miss Gronk.

  17. Brady has turned the ball over himself 4 times in 2 games. How do you think BB would of handled that? Gronk was not a help to TB.
    It is hurting them. Both should retire! The game is past them both.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.