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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07/27/17 - TE Rob Gronkowski received a clean bill of health for the start of training camp. "He doesn't have limits that I know of," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Thursday of Gronkowski, who saw his 2016 season cut short due to a back injury that required surgery.
06/21/17 - TE Rob Gronkowski is refuting reports that he racked up a hefty bill while partying at a casino nightclub in Connecticut last weekend. TMZ reported Monday that the star New England Patriots tight end and a group of 20 associates ran up a tab in excess of $100,000 while at Shrine Nightclub at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. "Don't always believe what you read. This is where 100k + would go to before that," Gronkowski wrote on his Twitter account late Monday night, attaching a picture of him holding a giant charity check for $110,000 made out to Boston Children's Hospital. The check in the picture was dated February 17, 2017. According to TMZ, which claims to have obtained an itemized receipt from Gronkowski's night out confirmed by a public relations representative at Shrine, Gronkowski's group purchased 160 bottles of champagne. The website posted pictures of Gronkowski partying shirtless with rapper Flo Rida, who posted a video to his Instagram account of him performing alongside Gronkowski at the establishment. TMZ also posted a pictured of Gronkowski's alleged receipt, totaling $102,407. The website noted that it is "most likely the casino" that footed the bill, but added "it's not like Gronk can afford it anyway."
06/06/17 - TE Rob Gronkowski has been a full participant in the Patriots OTAs this spring and that work continued into the team's mandatory mini-camp this week. Coming back from December back surgery, the third of his football career, the former All-Pro declared himself ready to compete.
"I'm 100 percent. Good to go," Gronkowski said in his trademark happy-go-lucky tone.
Speaking with the media for the first time since a contract restructure that with incentives could make him the highest paid tight end in football at nearly $11 million in 2017, Gronkowski was appreciative of the new deal.
"I'm definitely very thankful for the opportunity that the Patriots organization has (given) me," Gronkowski said. "I just have to keep working hard and do what's best for the team and do what's best for myself to help out the team in every way possible."
05/27/17 - TE Rob Gronkowski, coming off a season-ending back injury and fresh from signing a restructured deal that could pay him as much as $10.75 million this season, impressed coaches this week during organized team activities. "He looks like Gronk," Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels told reporters. "We haven't got into a big evaluation. He's involved in everything." The 6-foot-6, 265-pound Gronkowski is less than six months removed from back surgery, but was a full participant during Thursday OTAs practice in the rain. "I mean, we'll see how it goes," coach Bill Belichick told reporters regarding Gronkowski. "We've only practiced a couple days. We've got a long way to go, but we'll see how it goes." Gronkowski was injured in Week 12 against the New York Jets on Nov. 27. He caught 25 passes for 540 yards and three touchdowns in eight games in 2016.
05/25/17 - TE Rob Gronkowski is coming off a season in which he played in just eight games before landing on injured reserve when he was forced to undergo his third career back surgery. Yet, this week, the former All-Pro convinced the Patriots to re-work his contract for 2017 and give the tight end the potential to more than double his salary.
Gronkowski was schedule to have a salary of $5.25 million this season, but the new deal's reported three tiers of incentives could push that as high as $10.75 million and make him the highest paid tight end in the league.
ESPN reports that to reach the top tier and the $10.75 million Gronkowski would either have to play in 90 percent of New England's offensive snaps, catch 90 passes, top 1,200 receiving yards or earn All-Pro recognition.
To get to the second tier, and $8.75 million, the tight end would have to play 80 percent of the Patriots snaps, top 80 receptions, notch 1,000 yards or score 12 touchdowns.
The third tier is reportedly reached, with a salary of $6.75 million, with 70 percent play time, 60 receptions, 800 receiving yards or 10 touchdowns.
Gronkowski has surpassed the tier one or two requirements in either receptions, yards, touchdowns or All-Pro recognition in in four of his seven career seasons.
Gronkowski was on the field for OTAs this week in Foxborough and a full participant in practice action despite his December surgery.
"He looks like Gronk," Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said. "He's involved in everything. He's doing a good job of being a leader and a positive influence."