Tom Brady and the New England Patriots offense will have one important weapon ready for the Week 1 matchup against the Miami Dolphins. On Monday, All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski told reporters that he would be on the field for the season-opener. This is exciting news for both Gronkowski and the Patriots
Gronkowski spent the entire offseason rehabbing his surgically reconstructed left knee after suffering the season-ending injury during a regular season game against the Cleveland Browns. Gronkowski did not play in a preseason game, but was cleared to participate in practice at the beginning of camp and didn’t experience any setbacks during camp and has been cleared to play Week 1. According to the Herald, he said, “I’m ready to go. I’ll be playing.”
Gronkowski also said that he will definitely not be playing every snap, but a limited Gronk is better than no Gronk at all. As injuries will always be a concern for the big tight end, Gronkowski set a goal back in July to play all 16 regular season games this season. He said, “I’m planning on playing the whole season this year. I’m always antsy to get back on the field, no matter when it is. I just want to play football. I love playing the game.”
This is particularly good news for Brady who will have a full array of weapons this coming Sunday. Not only will he have Gronkowski, he will have a healthy Aaron Dobson and Danny Amendola available, as well as newly acquired receiver Brandon LaFell and recently acquired tight end Tim Wright. It will be interesting to see how the offense comes together.