Bruce Arians sees no drop off from Rob Gronkowski

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Tampa Bay tight end Rob Gronkowski came back from a yearlong retirement and has played all 18 games for the Buccaneers this season, and he plans to play in Tampa Bay in 2021 as well. Coach Bruce Arians likes that idea.

Arians said today that it’s too early to talk about signing Gronkowski to an offseason contract before he hits free agency in March, but it’s not too early to say that Gronk is a key player in Tampa.

“We’re a long way away from that,” Arians said, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “But he’s playing extremely well and I don’t see any drop off.”

Gronk is not the same player he was in his prime. In 2020 he averaged a career-low 8.1 yards per target, and he doesn’t make anywhere near as many big plays downfield as he made with the Patriots. But he can still be a valuable part of the offense, and from all indications he’ll be back in Tampa Bay for the 2021 season.

9 responses to “Bruce Arians sees no drop off from Rob Gronkowski

  1. Still an elite tight end who rises to the occasion in playoff games. Recall his catch in Q4 of Superbowl 53.

  2. Still one of the best blocking tight ends in the game, an important thing that is too often overlooked.

  3. Bruce Bruce Bruce we had an agreement remember? Shhhhhh… Stay out of the way until it’s over.. Thank you

  4. The Bucs run a different offense from the Pats. The Pats concentrated on the slot receiver and tight ends with the WRs practically and afterthought. Arians offense in Tampa focuses on the WRs. The QB reads start downfield then come inward. So, it isn’t surprising Gronk’s numbers are way down. He’s probably not the guy he was a few years back, but he’s still a top quality player.

  5. As a Bucs fan, we are all extremely happy with the Gronk. His blocking is key, and although he and Tom have been off sync the last two games, he has made many clutch catches during the season. Who knows what Sunday will bring.

  6. No one would be surprised one lick if Gronk had the game winning TD. Everyone acts like he’s 40. The guy is 31.

  7. On NFL Network, Willie McGinest was bragging on the Bucs pass catchers; Willie being a homer for Brady and the Bucs; he included Gronk as a big asset for the Bucs. Actually, Robert Tonyan of the Packers has had a better season; Gronk for 7 TDs; Tonyan for 11 TDs…. Maybe Gronk has slipped; or maybe Tonyan benefits from a better (MVP) passer this season…

  8. I am as a big a fan of Gronkel as there is but -C’mon man – thats stupid.

    he is not running the way he used to and that is as plain as day

  9. stack44 says:
    January 21, 2021 at 2:38 pm
    On NFL Network, Willie McGinest was bragging on the Bucs pass catchers; Willie being a homer for Brady and the Bucs; he included Gronk as a big asset for the Bucs. Actually, Robert Tonyan of the Packers has had a better season; Gronk for 7 TDs; Tonyan for 11 TDs…. Maybe Gronk has slipped; or maybe Tonyan benefits from a better (MVP) passer this season…

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    Tonyan couldn’t sniff Gronks jock strap.

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