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New England Patriots Use Rob Gronkowski Excessively In His Season Debut

Rob Gronkowski

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So much for the reports that the New England Patriots would be “weening” Rob Gronkowski back into action…

Instead, “Gronk” was a huge part of the Patriots’ offense in his season debut with eight catches, 114 yards receiving on a game-high 14 targets on Sunday. Apparently, the chemistry that Tom Brady has formed with Gronkowski in previous seasons has spilled over more than we initially thought. Either way, this is good news for New England as the 5-2 Pats now have a consistent offensive weapon, who has produced on the largest stage in the past.

See: Rob Gronkowski Isn’t the Answer to the New England Patriots’ Problems

Anyway, the story here is the fact that head coach Bill Belichick decided to use No. 87 so extensively in just his first game back. This makes you wonder what kind of role the Pats tight end is going to have for New England as the season wears on? In addition, Danny Amendola‘s concussion is likely to keep him out for at least a few more weeks, which means that Brady could be looking Gronk’s way even more in the coming weeks.

Even still, anyone who says that the Patriots are “worse off” with Gronkowski just because the team lost in his season debut obviously doesn’t understand the game of football. Now the question becomes when NFL fans will see the first “Gronk Spike” of 2013.

Devin O’Barr is the Content Commentator for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @DevinOBarrRS, “Like” him on Facebook  or add him to your network on Google.