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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08/17/14 - TE Rob Gronkowski was once again absent from preseason action. The Pro Bowler took part in 7-on-7 last week for the first time as he continues to slowly work back from a torn ACL suffered last December.
08/10/14 - TE Rob Gronkowski remained in New England last week while the Patriots took part in joint practices with the Redskins leading up to the teams' preseason opener in Washington. He was back on the practice field on Sunday in Foxborough, doing his usual drills and work to the side with Tom Brady but refraining from any team action or contact work.
Afterwards the Pro Bowler discussed his health status as he returns from last December's torn ACL and how he spent the week away from his teammates.
"Just a little time off to let the knee heal a little bit more. You know, you can't always be grinding on it 24/7 off an injury. You have to let it heal," Gronkowski explained. "I'm feeling better since the time off, so, it's going well. My body kind of needed it, my knee needed it, that rest, when they went to Virginia. It was good progress."
Gronkowski said he's not had any setbacks in his recovery and that he's "getting better every day."
"I'm going full-speed in the drills I'm doing, but they're just limiting the drills I can do," Gronkowski said of spending a lot of 1-on-1 time against Darrelle Revis. "Most likely, when I'm cleared for contact, it will be full-go, too."
08/09/14 - TE Rob Gronkowski did not play in the preseason opener against the Redskins or make the trip to Washington as he continues to work his way back to full health from the torn ACL suffered in December against the Browns.
08/05/14 - TE Rob Gronkowski did not make the trip to Richmond with the Patriots for the joint practices with the Redskins. The Pro Bowler has practiced on a limited basis early in camp and has yet to take part in team drills or any contact action. Since those two areas are the backbone of joint practices, it's not surprising that Gronkowski remained in Foxborough to continue to work back from the torn ACL suffered last December.
07/30/14 - TE Rob Gronkowski continues to take a cautious road in his return from a torn ACL suffered last December. The Pro Bowler was cleared to practice to start camp but has yet to take part in any team action or contact drills.
"The side work is going good, I'm getting used to everything I can do," Gronkowski said after Tuesday's practice. "Doing conditioning, which is my number one factor right now, that's what I can work out to the max -- running around and getting my body used to everything. Working individually, listening to my coaches and getting my individual routes and blocking down to the best of my ability."