New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski are one of the best combinations in the NFL, and it’s rare to see them not on the same page.
In the win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, Gronkowski put up 168 yards on nine catches. That’s a career high for him, so he was clearly on fire after his one-game suspension against the Miami Dolphins. The Patriots needed him, too, seeing as how they lost to the Dolphins without him and were facing down the Pittsburgh Steelers in a potential AFC title matchup.
During the game, Gronkowski had to make a tough shoestring catch. He was asked about it on Friday as the team gets ready for the Buffalo Bills.
“I just made that catch because that’s where Tom finally threw it,” Gronkowski said, per Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal. “He had a bad ball for once.”
That’s obviously a bit tongue-in-cheek, a way for Gronkowski to give a backwards compliment to his quarterback and also show that he’ll do whatever he needs to do to produce against the Bills. It sounds like the suspension may have fired him up.
Is he expecting the Bills to try to get revenge for his hit on cornerback Tre’Davious White? It was that late hit that got him the one-game suspension.
“To tell you the truth, I’m just expecting a very good, hard-nosed football team on the defensive side of the ball for the Bills to be coming full speed like they always do every time we play them,” he said, per Glen Farley of The Enterprise.