Jul 24, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) runs through drills during training camp at the team practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

Rob Gronkowski Says He Will Be Playing Week One

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It’s official.

After a long recovery, tight end Rob Gronkowski will be playing against the Miami Dolphins in the Patriots season opener.

This is expected, but it is still exciting news. The big tight end is (aside from Tom Brady) the best player on this offense, and when he is playing, this offense is a whole different machine. Gronk is impossible to cover one-on-one, and when the Pats get down inside the red zone, you might as well just chalk up an automatic touchdown.

It’s not like the Patriots absolutely needed Gronkowski to win this Sunday. In fact, they would probably win pretty easily without him. But it is important for him to get some live-action reps, so he can begin to get back into the groove of an NFL season.

Now it becomes a matter of keeping the big man healthy, all the way through January, and possibly February. If New England wants to bring another Lombardi Trophy back to Foxboro, they will need Gronkowski 100% healthy in the postseason. So having him playing now is all fine and dandy, but they need to do everything they can to have him on the field in January.

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