Gronkowksi caught his lone target for 25 yards in Sunday's 41-28 divisional-round win over the Chargers. Gronkowski's meager contributions as a receiver don't tell the full story, as he made a number of impactful blocks in the running game to help the Patriots rack up four scores on the ground. You don't get fantasy points for nice blocks, however, so owners who picked up Gronk in playoff pools will be hoping for more tangible production out of the tight end against the Chiefs in the AFC championship game next Sunday.
Gronkowski hauled in both of his targets for 24 yards in Sunday's 38-3 win over the Jets. Gronkowski thus finishes up the regular season with 47 catches on 72 targets for 682 yards and three TDs in 13 games. Those numbers are well below the 29-year-old's usual lofty standards, but Gronkowski still figures to be a key cog in the Patriots' offense once the team returns to action Jan. 13, in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs. The tight end, who played through various aches and pains this season, will no doubt benefit from the added healing time/rest the Patriots' first-round bye provides.
Gronkowski failed to haul in any of his three targets in Sunday's 24-12 win over the Bills. Gronkowski looked primed to help out fantasy owners with the stretch run after recording 107 yards and a touchdown in Week 14, but he's mustered just 21 combined yards in two games since. This goose egg is especially disappointing considering Gronk's 69 career catches, 1,070 yards and 12 touchdowns against the Bills coming in all represented his high-water marks against any franchise. He'll be hard to trust against the Jets in Week 17.
Gronkowski (ankle/back) was limited at Thursday's practice. Gronkowski was on the field for all 62 of the Patriots' snaps on offense in Week 15's loss to the Steelers and with no reported setbacks in that contest, we'll assume that his limitations Thursday were maintenance-related. We'll revisit the tight end's status no later than Friday to see if he approaches Sunday's game against the Bills listed as questionable, or free from a Week 16 injury designation altogether.
Gronkowski brought in two of five targets for 21 yards in the Patriots' 17-10 loss to the Steelers on Sunday. Gronk enjoyed a resurgence against the Dolphins last Sunday, but he was barely a blip on the radar against a team he'd frequently tormented in the past in the Steelers. The multiple-time Pro Bowler didn't make his first grab until the 12:48 mark of the fourth quarter. Gronkowski was also targeted unsuccessfully on three different occasions late, and he ultimately posted fewer than 30 receiving yards for the second time in the last three games. He'll look to bounce back when the Patriots take on the Bills in a Week 16 divisional rematch.
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