Gronkowski, who spent much of his NFL career in the 265-270 pound range, noted earlier this month that he's down to 250 pounds, Andrew Callahan of masslive.com reports.
The report indicates that the tight end, who is currently retired, hasn't been lifting weights of late, and that's resulted in Gronkowski quickly trimming down since last season. Despite the noticeable change in his physique, speculation continues to swirl that Gronkowski could still elect to come out of retirement at some point down the road. With that in mind, Scott Zolak, co-host of 98.5 The Sports Hub, suggests that a midseason return (at which point Gronkowski would need some time to get himself into football shape) might be the most plausible scenario in such a case. While Gronkowski currently seems committed to staying away from the game, he could miss playing enough to at least contemplate a comeback. For now, however, anything along those lines is pure speculation, with CSN New England relaying that Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio pegs the chances of a Gronkowski return at 40 percent.
Gronkowski told reporters Sunday that he has no plans for a comeback, Karen Guregian of The Boston Herald reports. When asked about comeback rumors Gronkowski responded, saying "Oh man . . . whatever I say, it doesn't matter," he answered. "It will always be crazy out there. You (the Herald) can put them to rest."
Gronkowski was back at Gillette Stadium on Sunday to help raise money following his retirement March 24. His agent Drew Rosenhaus was on record just a day after the announcement saying he "wouldn't be shocked" if his client came out of retirement, but Gronkowski seems to have put those rumors to rest. As of now, the former Patriot appears set on staying retired.
The Patriots have officially placed Gronkowski on the team's reserve/retired list, NESN.com's Zack Cox reports.
Gronkowski announced Sunday via Instagram that he intended to retire from the NFL as a player, and that was made official Tuesday. While replacing the star pass catcher will be no easy task for the club, Gronkowski's departure frees up roughly $9 million in salary cap space for the Patriots, who will no doubt be looking at the draft as a path toward rebuilding their tight end corps. So soon after Gronkowski's announcement, it seems a tad silly to immediately speculate about a potential comeback, but it's worth noting that his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, suggested that it wouldn't shock him if Gronkowski contemplates a return to the field at some point down the road.
Agent Drew Rosenhaus said he "wouldn't be shocked" if Gronkowski came out of retirement "to play a few games" at some point, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
The 29-year-old tight end announced his retirement Sunday on Instagram without any hint or mention of a possible return to football in the future. Given his lengthy medical record along with the plethora of business/media opportunities available, it's easy enough to understand the appeal of retirement for a future Hall of Famer with three Super Bowl rings. That being said, Gronkowski might eventually consider a return to the Patriots if he finds that retirement isn't as enjoyable as playing football. Meanwhile, the team needs to add some help at tight end, where the depth chart currently holds Matt LaCosse, Jacob Hollister (hamstring), Stephen Anderson and Ryan Izzo -- a group with 71 combined NFL receptions.
Gronkowski announced Sunday that he will retire from the NFL.
Gronkowski has not been shy about discussing retirement, and following yet another Super Bowl win, the all-time great tight end will officially call it a career. He finishes with 521 receptions for 7,861 yards and 79 touchdowns, and he leaves the Patriots with a massive hole in their offense. The team figures to be strong in its pursuit of a tight end this offseason, starting with the 2019 NFL Draft.
Gronkowski's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, relays that the tight end has yet to decide on his playing future, Kevin Duffy of the Boston Herald reports.
On the plus side, Rosenhaus indicated that his client, who played through the Super Bowl with a thigh issue, is feeling healthy at this stage. Though Gronkowski's future with the team remains uncertain, we doubt that the Patriots are inclined to sign a big-name tight end in free agency. It's possible that Martellus Bennett could be lured out of retirement to provide depth at the position, but with a slew of picks available, the upcoming NFL draft is where New England figures to identify Gronkowski's eventual replacement.
Gronkowski's (thigh) agent Drew Rosenhaus expects the tight end to make a decision on retirement within the next couple weeks, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Gronkowski presumably hopes to avoid a repeat of last offseason when he waited until late April to confirm his intention of playing in 2018. There have been a few small hints that he's leaning toward playing at least one more season, including his presence at the Patriots' facility in Foxborough to receive treatment for a thigh injury he suffered during the Super Bowl. It sounds like he will announce his decision sometime before the start of the new league year March 13.
Gronkowski has made multiple appearances at the Patriots' facility since the Super Bowl, potentially receiving treatment for a thigh injury, ESPN.com's Mike Reiss reports.
Gronkowski's presence at team headquarters might be interpreted as a hint he's leaning toward playing another season. It might also just be a matter of convenience, as he's still in the Boston area and was nursing a nasty bruise on his thigh after the Super Bowl. The 29-year-old tight end is coming off his worst season in terms of per-game fantasy production, but he did come on strong at the end of the playoffs with 12 catches for 166 yards between the AFC Championship Game and Super Bowl. Gronkowski said he will take some time this offseason before he makes his decision on retirement.
Gronkowski brought in six of seven targets for 87 yards in the Patriots' 13-3 win over the Rams in Super Bowl LIII on Sunday.
For the second straight game, Gronkowski proved he may not be quite as ready for pasture as some suggested throughout this past regular season. He was the Patriots' No. 2 pass catcher behind Julian Edelman, and it was his clutch 29-yard grab down to the two-yard line with 7:36 remaining that tilted a defensive slugfest in New England's favor. Coupled with his strong effort (six catches for 79 yards) in an AFC Championship Game win over the Chiefs, Gronkowski's performance Sunday indicates he still can serve as a downfield threat in addition to his impressive work as a blocker. However, the tight end said he'll take several weeks this offseason before he makes a decision about continuing his football career, per Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com. Gronkowski will turn 30 in May and is coming off his least productive season in terms of fantasy points per game.
Gronkowski caught six of 11 targets for 79 yards during Sunday's 37-31 AFC Championship Game overtime win over the Chiefs.
A week after garnering just one target, Gronkowski led the team in that category while finishing second in receptions and receiving yards. He did little of note outside of a 25-yard gain, but it was still nice to see him so involved in the game plan. While Gronkowski isn't producing as he once did, he's still capable of dictating opposing game plans and serving as a big red-zone target. He'll look to build on this solid effort in the Super Bowl against the Rams.
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 removed from the injury report ahead of the Patriots' Week 16 matchup with the Bills.
It's an outcome that confirms that the tight end's limitations at practice Thursday were maintenance-related. Gronkowski is thus slated to see his usual heavy allotment of snaps Sunday. Though his numbers this season have been modest by his standards, Gronkowski maintains a solid enough weekly floor to merit continued placement in fantasy lineups.
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.
Gronkowski reeled in all eight of his targets, amassing 107 receiving yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 34-33 loss to Miami.
Gronkowski investors rejoiced as the veteran tight end hit 100 receiving yards for the second time this season, also logging his second touchdown since Week 1 during New England's road trip to Miami. Serving on prevent defense on the game's final play, however, he failed to bring down Kenyan Drake near the goal line, stumbling at the most inopportune moment as Drake pushed across the pylon to cap a 69-yard score and secure a miraculous upset for the Dolphins. The Patriots may be forced to reconsider late-game defensive packages as result of Gronkowski's error, but in terms of his offensive contributions, tying a season-high with eight targets is an extremely encouraging development as the Patriots head into a Week 15 matchup against Pittsburgh, and a defense that's been below average at containing opposing tight ends this year. The Steelers surrendered 5.3 catches per game to tight ends entering the weekend (bottom 10), and allowed the comparably elite Travis Kelce to explode for 109 receiving yards and two touchdowns when trying to defend him in Week 2.
Gronkowski (ankle/back) has been removed from the Patriots' Week 14 injury report, Jim McBride of The Boston Globe reports.
For the second week in a row, the Patriots' injury list is streamlined by their standards, with just two players (Dwayne Allen and Patrick Chung) listed as limited Thursday. Gronkowski has caught three passes in each of his last four games and has logged just two touchdowns through nine contests overall, but the tight end's high snap count and steady involvement in the Patriots passing game give him a decent weekly fantasy floor, even if he isn't racking up stats as gaudy as past years.
Gronkowski (ankle/back) was limited at practice Wednesday, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
Gronkowski played all but one of the Patriots' 74 offensive snaps in their Week 13 win over the Vikings and came away with no reported setbacks, so he it's likely he was just limited Wednesday for maintenance purposes. The tight end has caught three passes in each of his last four games and has just two touchdowns through nine total contests, numbers below his usual high standards. That said, Gronkowski's high snap count and steady involvement in the New England offense give him a respectable weekly fantasy floor at a volatile position.
Gronkowski caught three of four targets for 26 yards during Sunday's 24-10 win over the Vikings.
Although Gronkowski finished third on the team in targets behind Julian Edelman and James White, his four looks were hardly enough to allow him to move the needle. He took a couple of hard hits and appeared hampered at times, but he stayed in the game to help see out the win. Gronkowski appeared to be rounding into form with 56 yards and a score last week, making this performance a bit of a disappointment for fantasy owners anticipating a similar effort. He was facing a rather tough matchup and will look to bounce back against the Dolphins next Sunday.
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