Dec 8, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) lies on he ground after getting injured by a Cleveland Browns player during the third quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Rob Gronkowski Set To Return For Week One?

There have been rumors surrounding Rob Gronkowski‘s health all offseason, but it appears that the picture is getting a bit clearer.

Paul Perillo of says that ‘all signs points toward’ Rob Gronkowski starting on week one, which is great news for the Patriots.

At this point all signs point toward Gronk being ready to go in Week 1

Having the big tight end healthy is probably the number one key for this offense, aside from keeping Tom Brady upright. Gronk is such a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses, it basically gives Brady an open option every single play.

Now, if Gronk is in fact ready for week one, then that is terrific. But it is more important for him to be on the field come January. In the playoffs, the competition gets tougher, and defenses begin to clog the middle, forcing Brady to go elsewhere with the ball. But if Rob Gronkowski is out there, he has an instant mismatch to go to. If not, then the Pats are in big trouble.

I truly hope Gronk is 100% on opening weekend, but if not, the Patriots can’t push his return. He is far too important for them to use him in the early stages of the season, only to see him get hurt and miss the rest of the year.

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