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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09/11/14 - TE Rob Gronkowski was limited in practice once again as the veteran continue to work back to full health from the torn ACL that had him seeing limited reps in the season opener in Miami.
09/08/14 - TE Rob Gronkowski played 38 snaps in a limited role in his return to the field for the opener in Miami. The Pro Bowler did not play in the preseason and was limited in his practice work all summer as he rehabbed from the torn ACL in his right knee he suffered last December.
Gronkowski wore a right knee brace as well as the large black brace on his surgically repaired left arm that he has worn since breaking that arm and suffering multiple infections last offseason.
Quarterback Tom Brady targeted Gronkowski with a team-high 11 throws, and the tight end finished with four catches for 40 yards, including a 6-yard touchdown.
Gronkowski appeared to lack fluidity in his route-running and seemed awkward trying to catch the ball at times. While he was certainly happy to be back in action, he realizes he still has a ways to go before returning to top form.
"I mean it feels good to play football again, to be out there with the team," Gronkowski said. "Being out there with your teammates, you win as a team, lose as a team. I just got to keep on improving every single week. I got a lot of things to work on. I got to keep working hard out there in practice."
09/07/14 - TE Rob Gronkowski still needs more reps to regain his old form. Gronkowski caught a 6-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter and finished with four catches for 40 yards -- his longest catch going for 18 yards - despite Brady targeting him 11 times. "Everything feels good," Gronkowski said. "I mean, I feel good, so we'll just keep on playing and have a good practice week this week, and just keep working hard to get better."
09/03/14 - TE Rob Gronkowski was listed as limited in practice on Sept. 3, New England's first official practice report of the season. Gronkowski did not play during the preseason as he works back from a torn ACL suffered last December, but the Pro Bowler declared this week that he was "good to go" for the opener on Sunday in Miami.
08/29/14 - TE Rob Gronkowski did not travel for the preseason finale, sitting out the entire slate of preseason games as he works back from the torn ACL suffered last December. Hopes remain that the Pro Bowl tight end will play in the opener in Miami.