New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski isn’t quite like any pass catching tight end we’ve ever seen before. At 6-foot-6, 265 pounds, few tight ends have possessed the sheer size, speed and footwork Gronkowski combines into the league’s most dangerous present day tight end.
Gronkowski scored his 68th career touchdown on a 36-yard strike from quarterback Tom Brady in Week 7, tying the Patriots’ franchise record for career tight ends.
Gronk has hit his stride with Brady back under center — the Patriots franchise quarterback, of course, sat the team’s first four games of the season observing a suspension. However, we haven’t exactly seen Gronkowski carry multiple defenders on his back like in previous seasons, rumbling his way for extra yards after the catch.
He explained why during his Thursday press conference.
Gronk says he's no longer trying to carry five defenders on his back. "You've got to get down when you know the journey is done."
— Mark Daniels (@MarkDanielsPJ) October 27, 2016
In this era of sports science and an increased awareness of player health and safety, it appears even Gronk himself is paying attention.