Watch out, NFL, it looks like there’s another Gronkowski on the loose. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the Bills have parted ways with veteran fullback Jerome Felton, which it appears should pave the way for undrafted rookie Glenn Gronkowski to make the team.
Glenn, of course, is the brother of flamboyant Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.
Gronkowski beat out the 30-year-old Felton for the fullback job with a solid preseason, carrying the football seven times for 30 yards, catching one pass for no gain and recording one special teams tackle. He was also effective in his primary role as a lead blocker.
This is no small job for a Bills team that will likely run first, run second and, when all else fails, run the ball some more. Even Tyrod Taylor is almost more of a ball carrier than he is a passer, so whether it’s quarterback scrambles or the feature-back workload expected to be heaped upon LeSean McCoy this season, the opportunities to run around and hit somebody will be there for “Baby Gronk.” Why, he’ll probably even get some touches himself.
At 6-foot-2, 239 pounds, Baby Gronk doesn’t share quite the same imposing stature of his All-Pro brother, but that’s plenty big for a fullback in the NFL. Having the two Gronkowskis should add a little extra juice to an old AFC East rivalry when the Bills and Patriots meet for their two annual tilts this season.