Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, Rob Gronkowski will make his season debut this weekend. Well this time, it sounds like he actually will play in week seven as the New England Patriots get set to take on the New York Jets. Gronkowski’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told PFT on Friday morning that his client has been medically cleared.
Well, that’s all fine and dandy, but I’ll believe it when I see it. After weeks and weeks of speculation and reports of his return that didn’t pan out, I will have to see No. 87 on the field before I will officially deem him as back.
But let’s say that he does play. What does it mean for the Patriots?
For just this week, Gronk’s return doesn’t figure to mean a whole heck of a lot. You would think that if he does suit up, that he’ll be eased back into the scheme of things and that he won’t be heavily targeted. But at the same time, Tom Brady sorely needs another reliable pass-catcher. So given that, I expect Gronk to see a good amount of targets in the red zone. It will be a good way to maximize his talent on the field, without over exerting him.
When you look at his return in the scheme of things, though, it’s huge for the Pats. They need him to be the Gronk of old in a big way. If he is truly healthy and 100 percent, New England’s chances of making it back to the Super Bowl will go up dramatically. But again, I’ll believe it when I see it.