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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11/16/14 - TE Rob Gronkowski scored a touchdown for a third consecutive game, grabbing a game-sealing, 26-yard pass from QB Tom Brady in the fourth quarter. Gronkowski finished the night with four receptions for 71 yards.
11/12/14 - TE Rob Gronkowski has earned himself some discussion as a possible NFL MVP candidate with the dominant work in recent weeks that transformed the Patriots offense. After a slow start to the season as he worked back from the torn ACL suffered last December that forced him to miss the entire summer and preseason, Gronkowski appears to be at full health and performing about as well as he ever had.
As such, coach Bill Belichick was asked in a conference call with the Indianapolis media this week if his star tight end is at the top of his game right now.
"I don't know. It doesn't really make any difference. It's all about this week," Belichick said. "I know Rob's preparing hard for this game. He wants to go out there and play well like the rest of our team does. That's what he's trying to do. That's what we're all trying to do, is have a good week of preparation and go out there and perform well Sunday night. That's what our team is trying to do right now. He's a big part of it. That's what he's doing too."
11/02/14 - TE Rob Gronkowski had another big game. He caught a 1-yard touchdown pass, one play after a circus, one-hand, 20-yard catch brought the ball down to the 1. Gronkowski recorded his 50th touchdown in 59 career games, tying him with Randy Moss for the second-fastest to reach that plateau. He also tied the club record for receiving TDs by a tight end and had nine catches for 105 yards (his 15th 100-yard game). "Just a spectacular play by a great player," QB Tom Brady said of the one-hand catch. Said Gronkowski: "It was a pretty good catch. "Tom put it where I could make a play, so it just happened."
10/27/14 - TE Rob Gronkowski went to the Gillette Stadium locker room immediately following his 46-yard third-quarter touchdown against the Bears due to dehydration. The tight end did no return to the sideline or the field, but did address the media after his three-touchdown performance.
10/26/14 - TE Rob Gronkowski left Sunday's game in the third quarter because of dehydration. But he had already had nine catches, for 149 yards and three touchdowns. The last TD, his last play of the day, was a stunning Gronkowski-type catch and run that saw him break a tackle and continue on for the score. "When he plays like beast mode he's tough to stop," said QB Tom Brady.