Data Scout Notes: PLombardi/PMaxwell/09Mackey/1stC
Post-Draft Outlook:BEST PICK: Tight end Rob Gronkowski: The soft-handed product out of Arizona convinced New England doctors that he was healthy enough to warrant a second-round pick. Gronkowski fills a huge need and could be expected to contribute from day one.
A closer look at the Patriots' picks: Round 2/42 -- Rob Gronkowski, TE, 6-6, 265, Arizona, After sitting out 2009 with a back injury, Gronkowski left college early as one of the top tight end prospects. He has soft hands and can block, filling a huge hole in New England. - by The Sports Xchange
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10/12/14 - TE Rob Gronkowski has always tormented his hometown team. On Sunday, he caught seven of nine passes thrown his way for 94 yards and drew a 17-yard pass interference penalty on the Patriots' third quarter field goal drive. Gronkowski also had an 18-yard touchdown pass called back due to a false start penalty in the fourth quarter.
10/05/14 - TE Rob Gronkowski, continuing his comeback from knee surgery, delivered his 13th career 100-yard receiving game. He also caught a touchdown pass, the 45th time he and QB Tom Brady hooked up for a score. That ties them with former Patriots Drew Bledsoe to Ben Coates for second place all time in quarterback to Tight end TD connections. San Diego's Philip Rivers-to-Antonio Gates connection is the all-time leader in that category with 65. Gronkowski has at least one catch in all 55 of his NFL games. "He's been through a lot," Brady said. "Talk about mental toughness; nobody's got more mental toughness than him."
10/01/14 - TE Rob Gronkowski was a full participant in practice as he works back to full health from offseason ACL reconstruction.
09/29/14 - TE Rob Gronkowski extended his streak of games with at least one reception to 54, the fourth-longest streak among NFL tight ends. He also caught a touchdown pass, giving him 45 since the 2010 season. Those 45 scored came on 239 catches, nearly one in every five catches.
09/24/14 - TE Rob Gronkowski has been eased back into his key role in the New England offense as he works back from a torn ACL. The Pro Bowler is second on the team through three games with 11 catches for 116 yards with a team-high two touchdowns seeing action on about 50-percent (109 of 226) of New England's offensive snaps. "Rob has definitely made some plays for us, and we certainly think that will continue and hope that will continue," Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said. "We've tried to work him back into the game plan and to an overall level where he can contribute the most. I think each week, we've done a little bit more, and hopefully we can continue to do that. I think that anytime you're talking about a player who is coming off of a situation like Gronk was, you just have to be smart and you do what you can do. I've been happy with the things that he's done so far and hope to continue to add more as we go through the year."