Gronkowski has played a limited role in his return from knee surgery. Even Monday, when he played his largest role of the season, he was on the field for just 62 percent of the team's snaps. He still had just three passes thrown his way, a troubling sign -- especially since his touchdown came after backup Jimmy Garoppolo entered the game.
Gronkowski is still the best weapon in the Patriots' passing game, which is a concern if you are a Tom Brady owner as well. At this point, he clearly is not the same guy we have seen in the past, and it is hard to say when, or if, he might be that guy. The Patriots are going to keep looking for Gronkowski in the red zone, which might help him salvage a few more games and possibly even his season.
However, Gronkowski ranks just 14th among tight ends in yards right now, making him very much a boom-or-bust option until he gets back to full strength.
Tom Brady wasn't able to get the ball to Gronk, who saw double coverage. But rookie Jimmy Garoppolo found Gronkowski for the late score.
Gronkowski's 31 yards marked a season low, and he has not cleared 50 yards in any game. He'll play the Bengals on Sunday night.
All six players were limited in practice Saturday, but all have designated as probable to play. Gronkowski played in more than 50 percent of the team's offensive snaps in Week 3 for the first time this season and should continue to see his workload increase.
If you're hoping the
The Dolphins' Charles Clay didn't do anything against them last week, but he's no one's idea of a big tight end. The Titans' Delanie Walker scored a touchdown in Week 1 and the Broncos' Julius Thomas scored a touchdown in Week 2.
Of course, neither of them had much yardage, which has been the norm for Gronkowski this year as well, but with reports of him being in line for more snaps as he continues his recovery from ACL surgery, both trends are in jeopardy. He remains one of quarterback Tom Brady's favorite targets when he's on the field. Considering he didn't play more than 50 percent of the team's snaps until Week 3, his production is fairly impressive.
You're probably starting him regardless of matchups just because he's one of the more promising tight ends from week to week, but I think it's safe to assume even better days are ahead.
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