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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Draft Scout *Rob Gronkowski News
11/22/17 - TE Rob Gronkowski (illness) was added to the injury report after missing practice on Wednesday after New England returned from two off days.
11/08/17 - TE Rob Gronkowski remains the surest non-Brady fantasy play on the Patriots. Gronkowski has topped 50 yards receiving in each of his last six games, tallying five touchdowns in that stretch. Given the strength of Denver's cornerbacks and pass rush, Gronkowski appears poised for another big day against the Broncos, a team he's scored seven touchdowns against in seven career meetings, including three 140-plus yard performances.
10/15/17 - TE Rob Gronkowski, after sitting out the Patriots' win in Tampa two Thursdays ago with a bruised left thigh, scored two touchdowns, his first multi-touchdown game since the 2015 season opener, in the Patriots' win over the Jets on Sunday. The Patriots took the lead for good on Gronkowski's 33-yard touchdown catch from Tom Brady to make it 21-14 with 11:22 left in the third quarter. Gronkowski, who had six catches for 93 yards, caught a pass over the middle, outran Jets safety Marcus Maye and high-stepped into the end zone. "Every time you come into New York, it's gonna be a dogfight," Gronkowski said. "They're physical and they don't back down. ... Every win's not pretty."
10/12/17 - TE Rob Gronkowski (thigh) returned to practice on a limited basis on Thursday. Gronkowski missed Wednesday's practice after also sitting out last Thursday night's win in Tampa with the injury he apparently suffered in the Week 4 loss to the Panthers.
10/11/17 - TE Rob Gronkowski (thigh) did not practice due to the injury that kept him from last Thursday night's win in Tampa. Gronkowski apparently suffered the injury in the Week 4 loss to Carolina, though he wasn't actually added to the New England injury report until the night before the Bucs game.