|ADP:||Round: 6, Pick: 8|
|Team:||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|Ht / Wt:||6'6" / 265 lb.|
|Born:||May 14, 1989|
|Drafted:||2010 / Rd. 2 (42)|
Gronkowski brought in five of eight targets for 62 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' 45-20 win over the Raiders on Sunday. He also fumbled once but it was recovered by the offense.
Analysis: The veteran tight end continued an upward trajectory that began in Week 3, posting five grabs, including a touchdown, on eight targets for the second consecutive contest. After bringing in just two of four targets for 11 yards over his first pair of contests, the 31-year-old has increasingly rounded into form with a 20-280-2 line over the subsequent five contests. While Gronkowski's overall numbers are highly unlikely to match those of his heyday in New England due to the Buccaneers having so many mouths to feed on offense, he should have a chance to offer solid production at a volatile position during a Week 8 Monday night battle against the vulnerable Giants.
Gronkowski (shoulder) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Raiders.
Analysis: Gronkowski opened the week with an absence from practice but upgraded to limited participation Thursday and a full session Friday. He had his best game of the season in last week's 38-10 win over the Packers, and he's averaging six targets over his past four games.
Gronkowski (shoulder) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.
Analysis: As anticipated, Gronkowski was back at practice after he sat out Wednesday's session due to the shoulder issue. Prior to that session, coach Bruce Arians characterized Gronkowski's absence as a veteran's day off, so the Buccaneers don't seem to harbor any real concern about his status for Sunday's game in Las Vegas. The Buccaneers will wait and see if Gronkowski is able to upgrade to full participation Friday before determining whether he'll carry a designation into the weekend.
Gronkowski (shoulder) was listed as a non-participant on Wednesday's injury report.
Analysis: Earlier Wednesday, coach Bruce Arians told Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site that Gronkowski was slated for a veteran's day off, but the tight end instead has shoulder attached to his name. Gronkowski will look to get in some reps by the end of the week, but Arians' comments seem to imply he'll be OK for Sunday's game at Las Vegas.
Gronkowski, along with longtime teammate Tom Brady, was given a veteran's day off from practice Wednesday, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Any practice DNP on the part of a player the caliber of Gronkowski is always newsworthy, but this report allays any health-related concerns. The multi-time Pro Bowler has seemingly started to hit his stride in coach Bruce Arians' offense, as Gronkowski has a 15-207-1 line over his last four games.
Gronkowski caught five of eight targets for 78 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 38-10 win over the Packers.
Analysis: The 78 receiving yards were not only a season high for the veteran tight end, it led the team on a day when the Bucs' defense dominated the opposition, while Gronkowski's 12-yard TD catch right before halftime was his first in a Tampa Bay uniform. While it's worth noting that Gronk's best performance of the year came when both Mike Evans and Chris Godwin were in the lineup, Evans only saw two targets and the team didn't pass the ball much in the second half. If Tampa's Week 7 road trip to Las Vegas ends up supplying a less friendly game script, Gronkowski could once again find himself taking a back seat in the passing game.
Gronkowski (shoulder) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against Green Bay, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.
Analysis: There was never any suggestion of Gronkowski's game status being in jeopardy. He upgraded to full practice participation Friday, setting him up for his usual role in a battle of NFC heavyweights. Gronkowski started the season slow, but he's played 80 percent or more of snaps in three straight games, averaging 3.3 catches for 43 yards on 5.3 targets in that stretch.
Gronkowski (shoulder) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.
Analysis: Tampa Bay is managing Gronkowski's reps carefully this week while he manages the shoulder injury, as he's now been limited in back-to-back workouts. So long as he upgrades to full activity Friday, Gronkowski should enter Sunday's game against the Packers minus an injury designation. Gronkowski has yet to reach the end zone this season, but the Buccaneers have freed him up for more receiving work of late after he served mainly as a blocking specialist in the team's first two contests. Over the last three weeks, Gronkowski has drawn 16 targets, turning them into 10 receptions for 129 yards.
Gronkowski (shoulder) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.
Analysis: Gronkowski put forth a 'LP/LP/FP' practice slate last week before being cleared to suit up versus the Bears, so it appears likely that the Buccaneers are still simply limiting his reps. With O.J. Howard (Achilles) out for the season, and all of Mike Evans (ankle), Chris Godwin (hamstring) and Scotty Miller (hip/groin) also dealing with injuries, Gronkowski stands to be consistently involved on offense during Sunday's contest against the Packers.
Gronkowski (shoulder) secured three of six targets for 52 yards in the Buccaneers' 20-19 loss to the Bears on Thursday night.
Analysis: The veteran tight end looked like his old self on a 23-yard catch-and-run play in the fourth quarter, even as he appeared to come up a bit gimpy after the grab. However, Gronkowski was unable to corral a key third-down pass that was a bit behind him on the Buccaneers final drive, a possession that ended on downs on an incompletion to Cameron Brate on the next play. Gronkowski has shown some signs of life over the last three games after a very lackluster first pair of contests, securing 10 of 16 targets for 129 yards over that span. His target tally Thursday was his second highest of the campaign thus far, and he'll likely continue getting a fair amount of attention during the Buccaneers' Week 6 home showdown with the Packers on Sunday, Oct. 18.
Gronkowski (shoulder) doesn't have a designation for Thursday's game in Chicago.
Analysis: Gronkowski followed an LP/LP/FP practice regimen this week, clearing him to play Week 5. The Buccaneers' tight end group endured the loss of O.J. Howard to a ruptured Achilles, while the receiving corps will be without Chris Godwin (hamstring) and Justin Watson (chest), so added targets could be available for Gronkowski to contribute. On the season, Gronkowski has put up just a 9-88-0 line on 14 targets through four games.
Gronkowski (shoulder) was limited at Tuesday's practice, Eduardo A. Encina of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Analysis: Gronkowski hasn't looked like himself through four games, accounting for just one catch of greater than 20 yards, 6.3 YPT and no touchdowns on 14 targets. More looks could be on tap due to the banged-up nature of the Pats' receiving corps and the fact fellow tight end O.J. Howard suffered a season-ending ruptured Achilles this past Sunday. That said, Gronkowski will look to rid himself of injury by the time Thursday's game at Chicago kicks off.
Gronkowski (shoulder) was listed as a limited participant in Monday's walk-through practice, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Analysis: The Bucs' initial injury report of the week was lengthy, but in the case of Gronkowski, we'll operate under the assumption that his listed limitations were maintenance-related. If that's indeed the case, the tight end seems destined for more pass-catching opportunities, beginning Thursday against the Bears, in the wake of teammate O.J. Howard having suffered a major Achilles' injury Sunday.
Gronkowski secured one of three targets for 29 yards in the Buccaneers' 38-31 win over the Chargers on Sunday.
Analysis: Gronkowski was once again firmly down the list in terms of targets, as his relatively underwhelming start to the season carried over into a fourth game Sunday. The former Patriots legend's profile in the offense appeared to be on the rise after a season-high six-catch tally in Week 3, but Gronk was back down to a minor role Sunday despite gaining impressive yardage on his one reception. However, the season-ending Achilles injury suffered by O.J. Howard late in Sunday's contest could certainly change that dynamic beginning with a Week 5 road matchup against the Bears on Thursday night.
Coach Bruce Arians said he doesn't expect the 92 percent snap share Gronkowski handled Week 3 to change versus the Chargers on Sunday, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
Analysis: Gronkowski played 77 and 69 percent of snaps in the first two games of the season, so his 90-plus percent snap share Week 3 was emblematic of a significant jump in involvement. The veteran tight end was heavily utilized as a blocker, but he also emerged in the passing game with six catches for 48 yards after having been targeted just three times over the previous two weeks. With Chris Godwin (hamstring) in danger of missing two games, and Scotty Miller (hip) and Justin Watson (shoulder) both banged up, and Gronkowski now evidently locked into a near every-down role, he looks to be in favorable position to continue building momentum against the Chargers.
Gronkowski secured six of seven targets for 48 yards in the Buccaneers' 28-10 win over the Broncos on Sunday.
Analysis: After two utterly forgettable weeks to start the campaign, Gronkowski finished with the team lead in receptions and targets for the contest. The perennial Pro Bowler appeared to be moving well on his routes, bearing resemblance to the early-career version of himself that was utterly dominant at his position for multiple seasons. It's reasonable to expect that Gronkowski was going to have even more of an acclimation period than Tom Brady in their new Tampa Bay digs, given that he was also getting back into football shape after a season off in addition to adapting to a new offensive system. Therefore, Sunday's performance could be a sign that things are starting to click for Gronkowski, who'll look to carry over the momentum into a Week 4 home matchup against the Chargers.
Gronkowski failed to bring in his only target in the Buccaneers' 31-17 win over the Panthers on Sunday.
Analysis: The multi-time Pro Bowler has surprisingly looked like anything but over the first two games of his NFL return after a one-year sabbatical. Gronk's legendary rapport with future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady has yet to materialize, and in fact, it was the tight end who was the intended target Sunday on Brady's one interception of the day. What made Gronkowski's fantasy dud all the more galling was the fact receiver Chris Godwin (concussion) was sidelined for the contest, which would have seemingly set up the former for a significant boost in opportunity. Gronkowski will look to put his forgettable 2020 start behind him when the Buccaneers clash with the Broncos in a Week 3 inter-conference road battle.
Gronkowski caught two of three targets for 11 yards in Sunday's 34-23 loss to the Saints.
Analysis: The 31-year-old supposedly looked rejuvenated in camp after taking the 2019 season off, but Gronkowski didn't make much impact in his Tampa debut. In fact, it was O.J. Howard, and not Gronk, who hauled in Tom Brady's first TD pass as a Buccaneer. With a deep TE group that also includes Cameron Brate all jockeying for snaps, there may not be many opportunities for Gronkowski in the early going until he's fully up to speed on his new playbook.
Gronkowski seems to have greatly benefited from taking last season off and has been consistently making plays throughout early padded practices, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports. "No similarities at all [to 2018 Gronkowski]," said coach Bruce Arians on Thursday. "He looks like he was five or six years ago, before all the injuries. The back surgeries have healed, so he's had a year of healing. He looks to me like he was five or six years ago."
Analysis: Gronkowski frequently seemed a sluggish shadow of his former self during his last Patriots campaign in 2018, a year where he missed three games and finished with a 47-682-3 line. His elite athleticism helped him get by that season to an extent, but the Buccaneers appear to have gotten an early-career version of Gronk if early camp practices are any indication. The 10-year pro has frequently gotten downfield and made catches in traffic with ease, Gronkowski concedes the defense was moving much faster than he remembered during his first couple of practices, but that he now feels "everything coming back to him day by day." The veteran also noted Thursday he's not thinking along the lines of having his snap count limited despite having excellent depth behind him in the form of O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate, noting he'd be willing to be in on every play if necessary but acknowledging his playing time will ultimately be in the hands of the coaching staff.
Gronkowski has impressed in early camp practices with his athleticism and seemingly unchanged rapport with quarterback Tom Brady, Carmen Vitali of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: The perennial Pro Bowl tight end clearly seems to have gotten through his year off from the NFL with his extensive skill set unscathed, and he's been impressing since the Buccaneers hit the field last week. The legendary chemistry between Brady and Gronkowski is also in as impressive a form as ever, as the two have connected for several completions inside very small passing windows on multiple occasions, including on an impressive back-corner touchdown toss in Monday's first padded practice. Vitali separately reports Gronkowski is still in the process of adjusting to how coach Bruce Arians utilizes tight ends in his offense, with incumbent O.J. Howard lending an assist in the classroom to get the prized offseason acquisition up to speed.
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