New England Patriots tight end, Rob Gronkowski, has had a tough season. Recently, he discussed his struggles.
The New England Patriots are on quite the roll after a slow start to the season, but they have had one of their top players underperforming. While the Patriots are on a six-game winning streak, they haven’t received much from tight end, Rob Gronkowski.
Injuries have always been the only thing that has held Gronkowski in his career. Many believe that he is the best tight end in the NFL, but we haven’t seen that elite production this season.
In seven games this season, Gronkowski has totaled 29 receptions, 448 receiving yards, and one receiving touchdown. While the numbers for the season aren’t awful, Gronkowski has missed two games already, and did most of his damage in the first game of the season.
Against the Texans, Gronkowski easily had his best game of the season, as he totaled seven receptions, 123 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown. Since that game, it has been a bit of a struggle for Gronkowski. Recently, he talked about the season to Zack Cox of NESN.com.
"“It’s been more challenging, but it’s just all the little obstacles in the way. It’s life. You’ve got to take them on. That’s what I’m doing. I’ve just got to get back to where I need to be and just be myself when I get back, and it’ll all be good. I’ve just got to take it on and work harder.”"
Since that big game in Week 1, Gronkowski hasn’t been able to reach the 100-yard mark since then. His closest came against the Kansas City Chiefs, as he did have a big catch at the end of the game to help the Patriots win it.
While it hasn’t been an awful season for Gronkowski, it has been an inconsistent one. As he battles with an ankle and back injury, the Patriots will likely be very careful with Gronkowski in order to try and have him as healthy as possible for the playoffs.
Even though he hasn’t been 100 percent, Gronkowski is still the best tight end in the NFL. If the Patriots are able to get him right, the offense will continue to get better, as he can help their red zone woes.