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Rob Gronkowski | Tight End

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (25) / 5/14/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 265
College: Arizona
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Rob Gronkowski (knee) says he plans to play all 16 games.
Speaking after returning to 11-on-11 drills on Monday, Gronk said he's experienced no setbacks in his recovery from his torn ACL and MCL. Although playing all 16 games might be Gronk's plan, there's no guarantee it's the Patriots'. Coach Bill Belichick won't tip his hand before Week 1. The body of evidence suggests Gronk will be ready to go for the opener, but it's not something fantasy owners can take for granted. Aug 18 - 5:05 PM

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Rob Gronkowski (knee) participated in 11-on-11 drills for the first time in training camp on Monday.

Per reporter Mike Reiss, there were a "lot of balls thrown his way." It's another huge step in the right direction for Gronk, though he should still be considered questionable for Week 1. He's not going to see preseason action, while the ever-coy Pats are unlikely to make any grand declarations about his early-season availability. Fantasy owners will just have to continue reading the tea leaves. Right now, they're cautiously optimistic.
Aug 18 - 3:55 PM

Watching Patriots practice, The MMQB's Greg Bedard observed Rob Gronkowski (knee) "favoring his right knee," and running with a "decent but not terrible limp."

The former Pats beat writer believes Gronk is "far from a lock" to suit up for Week 1. After a sunny summer of updates, the Gronk news has grown a bit more pessimistic this week, but ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Thursday there's still "optimism" around his Week 1 status. This being the Pats, things will surely come down to the wire. It's possible we won't know Gronk's status until the opening day inactives are announced.
Source: The MMQB
Aug 14 - 7:19 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter says there's still "optimism" on Rob Gronkowski's status for Week 1.

Schefter confirms that Gronkowski still hasn't been cleared for contact and it would be surprising to see him play in a preseason game. Given the secretive nature of the Patriots, more information than this is going to be hard to come by. All we know is that Gronk hasn't had any setbacks since sustaining an ACL and MCL tear eight months ago, and he's graduated to 7-on-7 work while wearing a red non-contact jersey.
Aug 13 - 9:46 AM

According to a source with knowledge of the situation, Rob Gronkowski (ACL, MCL surgery) is "50-50" for Week 1.

Optimism for Gronk's Week 1 availability swelled after he avoided active/PUP, but he's yet to be cleared for contact or participate in team drills. He is still just over seven months removed from going under the knife, meaning he'd be on a Peterson-esque timeline for the start of the season. The fact that Gronk avoided the PUP list means the Patriots are confident he'll be available sometime in the first six games, but his Week 1 status can't be taken for granted. This being the Pats, substantive updates might be hard to come by between now and September 7, when Gronk and Co. kick things off with a trip to Miami.
Aug 12 - 7:33 PM

Rob Gronkowski (ACL, MCL surgery) participated in 7-on-7 drills in Monday's practice.

He was outfitted in a non-contact jersey, but it's a major step nonetheless. Despite the good news, Gronk remains without a timetable for a return to contact drills. He's almost certainly not going to suit up this preseason, but Week 1 remains a realistic goal.
Aug 11 - 3:46 PM

Rob Gronkowski (ACL, MCL surgery) says there's still no timetable for his return to contact drills.

The fact that the Patriots didn't place Gronk on active/PUP to start camp is a strong indication he is on track to play in Week 1, but he hasn't been green-lighted for contact yet. Gronkowski did say he's "feeling stronger every day," and is setback free. He's a value pick at his current third-round ADP.
Aug 10 - 6:11 PM

Rob Gronkowski (knee) did not travel to Richmond with the Patriots for this week's joint practices against the Redskins.

Gronkowski isn't yet participating in full-contact team drills, so there was no reason for him to go on the trip. The next look we get at his progress will come next week. Ideally, Gronk will soon graduate from the 1-on-1 and light-contact activities he's been limited to so far.
Source: ESPN Boston
Aug 6 - 10:58 AM

According to the Boston Globe, Rob Gronkowski "doesn't look like someone coming off a torn ACL/MCL."

Gronk is reportedly "firing off the line, planting hard, cutting and catching passes from [Tom] Brady." It's still mostly in 1-on-1 work, but it seems like he's close to getting into more 7-on-7 and full-team drills. The Patriots open the season five weeks from Sunday.
Jul 31 - 11:33 AM

Rob Gronkowski (knee) has been doing 1-on-1 red-zone drills vs. Darrelle Revis over the last two days.

Gronkowski, Tom Brady and Revis have been gathering at one end of the field to do battle while Bill Belichick watches "closely." During this time, the rest of the team is doing special teams work. It's an excellent test for Gronk, who continues to make progress off his knee reconstruction. It certainly looks like he'll be ready for Week 1.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jul 30 - 9:35 PM

The Boston Globe's Shalise Manza Young believes it would be a "surprise" if Rob Gronkowski (knee) played in any preseason games.

If Gronk does make it onto the field for exhibition action, it won't be for more than a few snaps just to get his feet wet. He's been participating in some 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 work at training camp, but most of Gronkowski's work is done off to the side. He's experienced no setbacks, and should be ready for the opener.
Jul 30 - 9:41 AM

Rob Gronkowski (knee) participated in 11-on-11 drills for the first time in training camp Sunday.

Per NFL Network's Albert Breer, Gronk practiced at roughly three-quarters speed. Gronkowski isn't quite 100 percent cleared for all team work yet, but he's coming along on or ahead of schedule. His ADP is in the early third round.
Jul 27 - 1:17 PM

Rob Gronkowski told reporters Friday he will not change his playing style due to past injuries.

Gronk has missed 14 games over the past two seasons, but Gronk wouldn't be Gronk if he didn't go all out. "I'm gonna keep smashing and dashing in everything I do," he assured, followed by a smiling giggle. "Haha." Amid numerous injuries, Gronkowski has scored 33 touchdowns over his last 34 games.
Jul 25 - 3:31 PM

Rob Gronkowski (ACL/MCL) is sporting both a brace on his surgically-repaired knee, and a protective sleeve over his surgically-repaired arm.

Despite avoiding the PUP list, Gronk has been limited to individual drills thus far in camp, and is expected to be brought along slowly. However, ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss observed Thursday that Gronk does not seem "reluctant running, cutting and planting." The injury concern with Gronk is self-evident at this point, but the monster upside remains.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jul 24 - 10:29 PM

Rob Gronkowski (ACL/MCL) is not participating in 7-on-7 or 11-on-11 work Thursday.

It's a reminder that even though Gronkowski has avoided the PUP list and been medically cleared, he's not 100 percent. Less than seven months removed from reconstructive surgery, the Patriots are going to ease him in gradually in the hope that he'll be ready to play all the snaps come Week 1. The good news for Gronk is that we still have more than six weeks until the opener.
Jul 24 - 11:48 AM

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QB1Tom Brady
2Ryan Mallett
3Jimmy Garoppolo
RB1Shane Vereen
2Stevan Ridley
3James White
4Brandon Bolden
5Roy Finch
GLB1Stevan Ridley
2Shane Vereen
3RB1Shane Vereen
2James White
FB1James Develin
WR11Julian Edelman
2Danny Amendola
3Josh Boyce
4Matt Slater
5Wilson Van Hooser
WR21Aaron Dobson
2Brandon LaFell
3Kenbrell Thompkins
4Jeremy Gallon
5Brian Tyms
WR31Danny Amendola
TE1Rob Gronkowski
2Michael Hoomanawanui
3Steve Maneri
4Justin Jones
K1Stephen Gostkowski