New England Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski averaged a whopping 84.6 receiving yards per game last season, and he finished with 592 total receiving yards on 39 catches in just seven games for an average of 15.2 yards per reception. It’s incredible to think that a player of Gronk’s size is capable of racking up that many yards per reception, and he’s as dynamic as any tight end in the passing game to go with incredible blocking that is at the level of a swing tackle.
Per ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss, Gronkowski stated that he isn’t sure if he’ll open up training camp on the active/PUP list, but I have a feeling that will be the case as the Patriots look to ease him in. It seems like Gronk is still rehabbing, and it’s important to remember that Gronk can come off of the active/PUP list at any time during training camp without any delay.
Gronkowski’s recovery from his ACL and MCL tears is going well, and he’s locked in to play in Week 1, barring any surprise setbacks. He’ll continue to be the best tight end in the league and an indispensable part of the Patriots offense. That said, the Pats are in a better chance to withstand anymore surprises on the injury front pertaining to Gronkowski, because their young receivers are only getting better, and the Pats added a quality, bigger receiver in Brandon LaFell. If Aaron Dobson can break out and the Pats get good luck on the health front with Danny Amendola and Gronkowski, then this offense could be ruthlessly efficient.