One of the biggest story-lines that we have monitored throughout this offseason has been the state of the tight end position. We were all up in arms after the Patriots didn’t draft a tight end back in May, and as of right now, they haven’t added any significant free agents either.
However if Rob Gronkowski is able to return completely healthy, all of these questions instantly go away. He is a monster on the field when healthy, and it is obvious that his presence makes Tom Brady‘s offense a lot better. There is nobody in this league that can cover him one on one, and other than Calvin Johnson, there probably isn’t a better mismatch for the offense in the NFL.
Up until this point, Gronkowski had been limited to rehab work away from the media, which has left us in the dark on his progress. And while it isn’t much, at yesterday’s minicamp practice, Gronk was seen doing some extra sprints.
Gronkowski and Slater (unknown injury) emerged from the bubble after about 15 minutes and ran uphill conditioning sprints on the far side of the field. It’s the first time Gronkowski has done this drill in front of the media, so it can be measured as progress.
We can only hope that this means Gronk’s rehab is right on schedule, which will allow him to be 100% come September.