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Rob Gronkowski | Tight End | #87

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (28) / 5/14/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 265
College: Arizona
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 2 (42) / NE
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Rob Gronkowski corralled six-of-10 targets for 83 yards and two touchdowns Sunday in the Patriots’ Week 6 win over the Jets.
Back after missing Week 5 with a bruised thigh, Gronk was predictably unstoppable in his return to action. Gronk got off to a somewhat slow start (the same could be said of the Patriots as a whole) but chipped in by drawing pass interference to set up a goal-line touchdown for Dion Lewis in the second quarter. Later in the same quarter, Gronk let an end-zone target go through his hands but beat Jamal Adams for a TD on the next play. Gronkowski’s second and final touchdown came on a 33-yard strike from Tom Brady early in the third quarter. He’s now gone for at least 80 yards receiving in four straight games, a streak he’ll look to continue against the Falcons in Week 7. Oct 15 - 5:50 PM

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Rob Gronkowski (thigh) wasn't on the Patriots' final injury report for Week 6 against the Jets.

Gronkowski's thigh injury was never thought to be serious and there's a good chance he would have suited up last week had the Patriots played on Sunday instead of Thursday night. He's averaged 95 yards over his last three contests and should be the top tight end play on the board this week.
Oct 13 - 4:18 PM

Rob Gronkowski (thigh) said he's "ready to roll" for Week 6 against the Jets.

He'll likely draw the questionable tag when New England releases its final injury report later today, though there's never been much concern about his Week 6 status. Gronkowski has gone for at least 80 yards in three straight games and should be the top fantasy play at tight end this week.
Oct 13 - 2:23 PM

Rob Gronkowski (thigh) was "limited" in Thursday's practice.

It's an upgrade on Wednesday, where Gronk was DNP. Reports have pegged Gronk as returning this week, but his status can't yet be taken for granted. Write his name in your lineup in pencil, not pen.
Oct 12 - 4:15 PM

Rob Gronkowski (thigh) appears to be practicing Thursday.

Gronk warmed up with the team on Wednesday, but he was listed as a "DNP" on the official report. He was back on the field at the start of practice Thursday, but we will have to wait for the report to get the official designation. Either way, Gronk is expected to play against the Jets.
Oct 12 - 12:44 PM

Rob Gronkowski (thigh) was held out of Wednesday's practice.

Gronkowski warmed up with the team, but didn't practice. He's still expected to play Sunday after missing last week. Even at less than 100 percent, Gronkowski will be a must-start against the Jets.
Oct 11 - 5:23 PM

The Boston Herald's Jeff Howe reports Rob Gronkowski (thigh) will play Week 6 against the Jets.

This falls in line with what ESPN's Adam Schefter reported over last weekend. According to Howe, Gronkowski was dealing with a bruise after getting leg-whipped Week 4 against the Panthers, and he couldn't make it happen on a short week last Thursday night. Fire Gronkowski back up as the TE1.
Oct 11 - 1:02 PM

Rob Gronkowski (thigh) is practicing Tuesday.

Gronk sat out the Thursday night game last week, but he was always expected to return against the Jets. This practice all but ensures it. He will, as always, be a must-start option this week.
Oct 10 - 1:03 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Rob Gronkowski (thigh) is expected to return for Week 6 against the Jets.

It's good news, though 10 days is an eternity in Gronk injury time. There will be more reports. It's believed Gronk's thigh injury occurred in Wednesday's practice.
Oct 5 - 8:58 PM

Rob Gronkowski (thigh) is officially inactive for Week 5 against the Bucs.

Gronk apparently suffered the injury in Wednesday's practice. He made the trip to Tampa, suggesting it's not an overly serious issue, but who ever really knows with the Patriots. Dwayne Allen will get the start at tight end, but UDFA Jacob Hollister should also mix in. Neither is a realistic TE2. Allen will be a touchdown desperado. Also inactive for the Patriots are OT LaAdrian Waddle, LB/DE Harvey Langi, OL Cole Croston, DT Alan Branch, CB Eric Rowe and RB Rex Burkhead.
Oct 5 - 7:00 PM

Updating an earlier item, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Rob Gronkowski (thigh) will miss Thursday's game against the Bucs.

That escalated quickly. It could be a case of the short week not giving Gronk enough time to get healthy, but the truth is usually hard to come by with the Patriots, especially with regards to their superstar tight end. Trade acquisition Dwayne Allen and UDFA Jacob Hollister will fill the void at tight end, but Gronk's absence will most likely mean more targets for usual suspects like Chris Hogan, James White and Danny Amendola. Perhaps Dion Lewis will be more involved. We'll get official word on Gronk's status around 7PM ET.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: White has an even better spot against a pass-funnel Bucs defense that ranks 30th in receiving RB DVOA (per FO) and will be without two starting LBs. He out-snapped Mike Gillislee by a wide margin last week and could do it again in a game that features the highest total of the week (54.5 points) and a close spread.
Oct 5 - 5:38 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports it's "no sure thing" Rob Gronkowski (thigh) will be active Thursday, and that he will be limited if he is.

Gronk's out-of-nowhere thigh injury is apparently more serious than initially believed. Schefter describes it as a "contusion" that will limit his snaps. This being the Patriots, the range of potential outcomes is wide. Gronk could be "active" merely in a decoy capacity. It's also possible he catches five passes for 80 yards and two touchdowns. Either way, he will be moved down in Rotoworld's Week 5 ranks even if active. Inactives will be announced at roughly 7PM ET. Dwayne Allen will start if Gronk sits.
Oct 5 - 5:21 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Rob Gronkowski (questionable, thigh) is expected to play Thursday night in Tampa Bay, but "figures to be limited some" against the Buccaneers.

The news shouldn't affect whether season-long-league fantasy owners put Gronk in starting lineups, of course, especially against a Buccaneers defense that is without two starting linebackers and its two best safeties due to injury. Gronk was a late addition to the injury report on Thursday, and beat writers have not-so-subtly hinted the injury is probably nothing to worry about.
Oct 5 - 6:41 AM

Rob Gronkowski (questionable, thigh) made the trip to Tampa Bay for Thursday's game against the Buccaneers.

Gronk was a late add to the Pats' Week 5 injury report, showing up as questionable with a thigh issue. The Patriots have been mum on his status, though the fact that's he accompanied the team to Tampa is obviously a good sign. Gronkowski has been productive as usual this year, scoring in two of his last three games while accruing 285 receiving yards over that span. Dwayne Allen would fill in at tight end if Gronk can't the green light for TNF.
Oct 4 - 7:02 PM

Rob Gronkowski (thigh) is questionable for Week 5 against the Buccaneers.

Gronk tweaked his groin earlier this year but this is the first we've heard of him having a thigh injury. His late addition to the injury report is an ominous sign with New England slated to play Thursday night in Tampa Bay. The good news for fantasy owners is that if Gronk sits, fantasy owners will have ample time to find a replacement by Sunday. The bad news is that the tight end position is slim pickings already and even more so with four teams on bye.
Oct 4 - 4:18 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tom Brady
2Jimmy Garoppolo
RB1Mike Gillislee
2James White
3Dion Lewis
4Rex Burkhead
5Brandon Bolden
GLB1Mike Gillislee
2Rex Burkhead
3RB1James White
2Dion Lewis
FB1James Develin
WR11Brandin Cooks
2Danny Amendola
3Matthew Slater
WR21Chris Hogan
2Phillip Dorsett
3Malcolm Mitchell
WR31Danny Amendola
TE1Rob Gronkowski
2Dwayne Allen
3Jacob Hollister
LT1Nate Solder
2LaAdrian Waddle
LG1Joe Thuney
C1David Andrews
RG1Shaq Mason
RT1Marcus Cannon
2Cameron Fleming
3Cole Croston
K1Stephen Gostkowski