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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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07/26/14 - TE Rob Gronkowski was cleared by doctors to play, but he said after training camp practice Friday that he is not quite at that point just yet.
Gronkowski has participated in individual drills for the past two days and watched from the sidelines during team drills. He also worked with quarterback Tom Brady individually after practice.
Gronkowski said he does not have a timetable on when he will take part in team drills.
"If it was 100 percent, I'd be doing every single little thing," he said. "So, no, I'm not 100 percent, I'm working every single day to get to that."
Gronkowski is working his way back from a torn right ACL he sustained on Dec. 8 against the Cleveland Browns. He also missed part of the season coming back from forearm and back injuries.
The Patriots will have their first practice in pads Saturday, and Gronkowski plans to participate by running routes and working on cutting and planting.
"For the last six months I worked my butt off to be here," Gronkowski said. "Cutting on it, making it stronger, I'm here and I'm ready.
"Running routes, being in the huddle, catching balls from Tom Brady, it's a dream come true again. Feels like it got taken away and I feel like I got it back."
Gronkowski, who is 6-foot-6 and 265 pounds, does not plan to alter how he plays.
"I'm going to go full speed and I'm going to keep smashing and bashing everything I do," he said.
Gronkowski played 16 games in each of his first two NFL seasons in 2010 and 2011, but a broken forearm limited him to 11 games in 2012 and he played seven games last year.
"I'm preparing myself to my max ability right now and listening to my trainers so I'm ready to go when it comes down to it," he said.
Last season, Gronkowski had 39 catches for 592 yards with four touchdowns. In four NFL seasons, he has 226 receptions with 3,255 yards with 42 touchdowns. He had 17 TDs in 2011.
07/23/14 - TE Rob Gronkowski, who had set a goal of returning from a torn anterior cruciate ligament by September, was fully cleared for training camp.
The first team practice is scheduled for Thursday, and coach Bill Belichick confirmed Gronkowski will be on the field, not on the physically unable to perform list.
"He's been here," coach Bill Belichick said Wednesday at Gillette Stadium. "He would be ineligible to (appear on PUP list) because he's been cleared to play."
Gronkowski hurt his knee Week 14 against the Cleveland Browns. His entire 2013 calendar year was filled by injuries and rehab, including multiple surgeries on his forearm and a procedure on his back. He missed six games in 2013 and was limited into the regular season.
The 25 year old, who also had back issues at the University of Arizona, is a two-time Pro Bowl selection with 42 career touchdown receptions since entering the NFL as a second-round pick in 2010.
"It's a positive," guard Logan Mankins said. "We were all hoping Gronk would have a good recovery and so far he has. We'll just see where he is and how good he is right now. It's great to have him out there. He's a dynamic blocker. He does a great job blocking and he's a big target for Tom (Brady) to get the ball to when he gets open. Any time you can have Gronk on the field, it's great."
Belichick did not disclose a snap count or any limitations for Gronkowski in training camp, but it's possible he'll be a spectator for preseason games.
"Rob has always worked hard," Belichick said. "He worked hard as a rookie, so he has always worked hard when he's here. I can't speak for the rest of the time, but from what we've seen he has been consistent."
04/30/14 - TE Rob Gronkowski is recovering from a torn ACL and surgery in December. Given his recent run of injuries, the former All-Pro is not making any promises regarding his return.
"I'm actually improving every week. It's feeling good and coming along very well," Gronkowski told WAAF-FM's Hill-Man Show on Tuesday.
Last offseason, Gronkowski was a regular in the operating room. He required multiple surgeries to repair back and forearm injuries -- and clear up an infection that became a major setback and kept him out of the 2013 season opener -- and is being cautious not to encounter unwanted delays this time around.
"When it's the same thing 15 weeks straight, it starts to get tough," Gronkowski said. "But you just have to stay mentally tough and stay physically strong and keep going in and keep grinding. It's been a while now and I'm just super excited to get this season rolling and get back out there on the field. I know it's another few more months away, so I have more time to keep on recovering and keep on getting in shape."
Gronkowski would not say he will be ready for training camp or even the 2014 regular-season opener. He underwent surgery on Jan. 9 for ACL reconstruction and in February had his torn MCL repaired.
"Oh man, that's too far away," Gronkowski said about playing in September. "I'm just improving every day right now. I'm working hard every day to put myself in the best situation so that I'm ready."
01/08/14 - TE Rob Gronkowski will reportedly have surgery to prepare the torn ACL in his right knee on Jan. 9. The Pro Bowler injured the knee against the Browns on Dec. 8 on a hit that tore the ACL and MCL as well as leaving Gronkowski with a minor concussion. According to the Boston Globe, the surgery will be conducted by Dr. James Andrews, who consulted on Gronkowski's return this season from spring/summer surgeries on his broken left forearm (which dealt with an infection) and back. Waiting a month for the swelling to subside in ACL/MCL injuries is common.
12/09/13 - TE Rob Gronkowski was carted off the field in the third quarter against the Browns with a serious knee injury. Gronkowski was taken to the hospital and has reportedly suffered a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee that will end his season.