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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12/14/14 - TE Rob Gronkowski caught three passes for 96 yards and a touchdown Sunday, going over the 1,000-yard mark for the second time in his career. "He's a big target for me," said Brady. "He makes it easy for me. He's awesome." Gronkowski, talking about the team's mood when leading by a point at the half, said, "We just knew we could play better. We were terrible in the first half as a whole and as myself. We just had to go out there and execute and play together as an offense."
12/10/14 - TE Rob Gronkowski is on the cover of ESPN The Magazine's interview issues this week. Inside the Pro Bowl tight end's interview includes insight into what he was feeling when he was carted off the field last December in Foxborough with both a torn ACL and a concussion.
"I remember I was on the X-ray machine after they carried me off the field on the cart. I mean, I kind of had a concussion too, so I really don't remember. But I was actually bawling out on the machine when I was getting X-rays on my knee," Gronkowski told ESPN. "And I was holding on to my trainer's hand and my dad was right there and I was just bawling like, "Is this it? Am I done?" I barely remember any of it. I just remember those little stages of it, because of the concussion.
A year later Gronkowski is once again the centerpiece of the Patriots passing game. He's second on the team with 73 catches and leads New England with 997 yards. His 10 touchdowns not only lead the team, but also made him the first tight end in NFL history with four double-digit touchdown seasons.
12/07/14 - TE Rob Gronkowski recorded a 14-yard touchdown catch, which gave his 10 scores on the season. He is the first tight end in NFL history to have at least 10 touchdown catches in four seasons.
11/30/14 - TE Rob Gronkowski caught seven passes for 98 yards. He had caught at least one pass in all 62 career regular-season games. He needs 90 yards to reach 1,000 yards for the season. WR Julian Edleman added seven receptions to give him 77 for the season, which puts him on pace for 103 receptions. He had 105 last season, which ranks sixth in franchise history.
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.