New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is close to returning to the field. His return will be a boost to a struggling Patriots offense and a welcomed sight for quarterback Tom Brady who has looked frustrated through the first two weeks of the season. As ESPN reports on September 17, Gronkowski has a 50-50 chance of playing this Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Gronkowski has been practicing with the team after the multiple surgeries he has had through the offseason. If and when Gronkowski does return to the field he will provide a much needed target for Brady, especially in the red zone where the team has really struggled so far.
Brady has definitely missed one of his favorite targets. On Monday, in an interview with WEEI Radio, Brady expressed just how important Gronkowski is to the offense.
"He's a great player and he helps in the run game and the pass game, provides a level of toughness for our team, and he's been a really consistent player when he's been out there; there's only one Gronk."
Rob Gronkowski is eligible to play at any time now that he has practiced in full pads on Tuesday. The news is the kind of good news Patriots fans and the organization has been looking forward to. Gronkowski will not only help on the field, he will also help the young receivers and undrafted rookie tight end Zach Sudfield.