As the New England Patriots are entering their second-round playoff matchup against the Tennessee Titans, they will have somebody on their sideline that they didn’t have in last season’s Super Bowl run. That player is Rob Gronkowski. Gronkowski is arguably the toughest matchup in all of football, because of his route running abilities, his big size, his quickness for his size and his great hands. When Gronkowski is feeling it is acceptable to say he is the most dominant force in all of football. With Gronkowski playing this season, that is a huge advantage for the Patriots.
The biggest problem with Gronkowski throughout his career has been his durability. He has only played in all 16 games twice in his career, and those were his first two seasons in the NFL. Gronkowski has missed 26 games in his eight-year career. This year he only missed two games, one from injury and the other was for a suspension. Also, in week 17 he did not play that much and didn’t record a catch, so unless he is dealing with an injury that the public doesn’t know, Gronkowski should be feeling great, well rested, and ready to go.
Gronkowski was the most productive receiver on the Patriots during the regular season. He had 69 receptions for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns. He ranked first on the Patriots in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns. These numbers were good enough for Gronkowski to be voted to First Team All-Pro. Not to mention, Gronkowski is a great blocker and can play a big factor in the run game that could open up the passing game for Tom Brady.
There is no doubt that Gronkowski will be a huge advantage for the Patriots when they take the field against the Titans and potentially the next opponent if they win. He has already seen many playoff games and has produced in these games, so there is no reason to think he cannot do the same this year. If the Patriots want to make a deep playoff run, Gronkowski will have to be a big part of that because of the injuries to the running backs and Julian Edelman.
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