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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06/13/16 - TE Rob Gronkowski returned to the practice field in Foxborough for New England's OTA session June 13, the first time the All-Pro was in attendance during a session open to the media this spring.
06/08/16 - TE Rob Gronkowski was not on the field for New England's three-day mini-camp, although he was reportedly at the facility each day. ESPNBoston.com reported that the team is "taking a cautious approach with an undisclosed physical ailment that isn't considered a long-range concern" for the All-Pro.
03/07/16 - TE Rob Gronkowski is under contract through the 2019 season after the remainder of a $10 million team option was picked up.
The All-Pro tight end turns 27 in May and has 65 touchdowns receptions in his first six seasons to go with 380 receptions for 5,555 yards. The Boston Herald first reported the Patriots picked up the final $6 million option.
The Patriots signed Gronkowski to a six-year, $54 million extension in 2012 and the final four seasons of the deal were tied to a two-tier team option. Gronkowski can increase the original outlay of guaranteed money from $13.17 million with the additional bonus figures tacked on.
He caught eight passes for 155 yards and a touchdown in the AFC Championship game loss to the Denver Broncos and had 72 receptions for 1,176 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2015. Gronkowski has 23 touchdown catches the past two seasons.
01/25/16 - TE Rob Gronkowski missed a number of plays in the loss in Denver, spending time on the training staff hydrating on the sideline and getting his legs massaged. The issues didn't limit his production as the All-Pro hit for games highs of eight catches for 144 yards with one touchdown.
01/20/16 - TE Rob Gronkowski (knee, back) was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday.