Gronk’s Return To Stardom

August 23rd, 2020

Big return to NFL.

If anyone thinks future Hall of Fame tight end, foot-rubbing Rob Gronkowski, will be a part-time player with the Bucs, think again.

Not only did Bucco Bruce Arians throw cold water on that idea last week, Gronk himself seemed genuinely confused with the notion he should be on a pitch count.

Former Bucs beat reporter and Hall of Fame writer Charean Williams, now working at Pro Football Talk, thinks the pitch count talk is misdirected.

She believes Arians will use a different tactic to keep Gronk fresh and healthy.

“He will probably take a Thursday off or whatever it is [during the week] and rest that body and make sure he is right for gameday,” Williams said on “PFT Live,” seen weekday mornings on NBC Sports Network.

As we all know, Gronk was physically beaten to a pulp and retired after the 2018 season. Following a year off and earning a WrestleMania title, Gronk returned and the Bucs traded for him after signing park-violating, home-invading, NFLPA-ignoring quarterback Tom Brady, reuniting the lethal duo.

And while people are fixated on Gronk’s health, Williams noted Gronk was a bulldog about getting on the field with the Belicheats, even when beat up. She pointed out that Gronk, in his last year in New England, logged 75 percent of the snaps.

“I think that is probably along the lines of what the Bucs will look at,” Williams said.

Williams is so confident Gronk will be a force in Tampa, she predicts he will have a 1,000-yards receiving season this fall.

Joe is just going to go ahead and guess if Gronk has 1,000 yards receiving, the Bucs will be in the playoffs.

8 Responses to “Gronk’s Return To Stardom”

  1. iamrhenry Says:

    If Gronk, Evans, Godwin, ROJO, and Shady average 63 yards a game, each will reach 1000 for the season. Thats only about 315 yards per game. Sprinkle in some love for Howard, Brate, Miller, Watson etc and average about 400 per game, all will be happy. Doesn’t seem to farfetched to reach this goal with the Bucs loaded offense, barring injury of course.

  2. BucEmUp Says:

    He will come out of the game if there is a large lead. He will probably play limited against lesser opponents and come in if needed. It’s going to be impossible to predict where the ball is going this season. Two tight end sets, Mike and Godwin, and play calling that involves screens starting week 1 NOT MIDSEASON LEFTWICH!!!!

  3. Hawk Says:

    Three TEs and Evans in the Red Zone will cause a lot of defensive time-outs.

  4. Jaymiss Pick6 Again Says:

    Way to many mouths to feed for Gronk to get 1000 yards.

  5. Cobraboy Says:

    If Gronk has 1000, that puts Evans streak in jeopardy.

    There aren’t enough footballs to go around.

    A glorious situation if players aren’t selfish.

  6. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    If Gronk is too busy practicing and playing ball, I’ll keep his chick occupied during the season.

  7. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    If the Bucs defense is top 5, the offense will stay on the field a lot longer than we have in the past decade. We have the opportunity to exceed last’s years passing yardage.

    With the NFL becoming a dominate passing league, there a chance the Bucs can break some records. It will a interesting year and full of surprises.

  8. PSL Bob Says:

    How you gonna cover all the weapons Brady has to work with? Double team one, and Brady will throw to another. Because of this diversity of weapons, I see a lot more one-on-one coverage from defenses, which means whoever Brady throws to has a good chance of hauling it in. Big numbers all around the board!