New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was limited in practice yesterday, and he is still listed questionable despite being able to play for the last three weeks with a hip injury that has had him listed on the injury report. The best blocking TE in the NFL by far, Gronk has been utilized more heavily as a blocker this year than in 2011.
A known Jets-killer, Gronkowski won’t be missing this game and is going to be a tough matchup for New York Jets new, veteran safeties LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell. Both players aren’t well-regarded for their coverage skills, with Bell being a huge liability in coverage at this stage in his career. It will be interesting to see how many times the Pats keep Gronkowski in to block as opposed to being a receiver, because the Jets love to send safety blitzes with two of the best safeties in the league at blitzing.
Fellow tight end Aaron Hernandez should also be good to go against the rival Jets, as he was able to return from an ankle injury last week against the Seattle Seahawks. Still listed questionable, Hernandez had a good game as a possession receiver last week and did not suffer any setbacks. He has a chance to have a big game against the Jets as well.
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