New England Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski has played a huge role as a blocker this season, and he told ESPN Boston that “he’s feeling good” after being limited in practice yesterday with a hip injury. Gronk played in the last two games even with the hip injury, so he will almost certainly be good to go against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. On a side note, Brandon Bolden and Shane Vereen were also limited in practice yesterday.
Aaron Hernandez practiced for the third straight time, and chances are he will be playing Sunday for the first time since spraining his ankle in the second week of the season.
Gronkowski said of the other star TE in the Pats dominant duo, “He’s a great player, and you definitely always want him out with you.”
Short, sweet, and completely accurate (and obvious, if you want to throw that in there). The Seahawks are about an average team when facing tight ends, but Hernandez is more than just a TE and is the perfect player to counter Seattle’s big cornerbacks in Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner. Sherman, in particular, is a player to watch out for.
Seattle has been the fifth-best team in pass defense per Football Outsiders, and pass rushers Bruce Irvin and Chris Clemons are a large part of that. We all knew that Clemons is one of the best pass rushers out there, but the talented rookie Irvin has been an even better pass rusher (but not player, I still prefer Chandler’s run defense much more) than Chandler Jones so far this season. Like Tavon Wilson, Irvin has been proving a lot of draft experts wrong thus far.
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