New England Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski is expected to play today against the Buffalo Bills (per Adam Schefter), which is news that comes as no surprise despite the questionable tag given to Gronk.
Without Julian Edelman and Kellen Winslow Jr. (and, of course, Aaron Hernandez), everything will be focused on the Patriots top three of Gronkowski, Brandon Lloyd, and Wes Welker.
The problem is that it is difficult to project how the Patriots will utilize Gronkowski, and he will surely receive more targets than he has in the past two games. The Pats have been primarily using him as a blocker in pass protection, but I hope they use a different set-up. The Bills have a tough pass rush, but I think the task of stopping their pass rushers should be given to Daniel Fells or Michael Hoomanawanui. Those guys get paid to block. While Gronk is a great blocker in his own right, he’s also a great pass-catcher and needs to receive more targets. The Patriots can have him staying in to block, but I hope they give him more opportunities to make plays as a receiver.
Gronkowski was a late addition to the injury report this week, and it doesn’t seem like there is a chance that he misses today’s game against the Bills.
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