New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his debut in preseason games, but wasn’t accompanied by his favorite target.
We couldn’t see Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski in any of the preseason games. He was sidelined during the team’s matchup against the Eagles. Gronk couldn’t really say much about the third preseason game against the Carolina Panthers. Will he make his debut Friday?
“It’s always a coach’s decision on whether or not I’m playing in these games or not. I’m ready at all times. Whatever it is this week, I don’t know the situation, but I’m ready to play. If I have to play, I’m ready to do whatever I get asked. I’ll prepare all week like I’m going to play, like I do every other week,” Gronkowski said.
Gronkowski took part in the two preseason games in 2017, and recorded one catch for nine yards against the Lions in Week 3. Gronk and Brady will enter their ninth season together, and the tight end believes that preseason games are important.
“You always want practice reps, and no matter how good you think you are or how great the chemistry you think it is,” Gronkowski said. “You can always get better, no matter what. There’s always so much detail in football that, no matter what, you can get better. Even if you think you have it down, you can keep working to get better.”
Wide receiver Julian Edelman won’t play in the first four games of the season, and Gronk will receive most of Brady’s passes. Last season the tight end started 14 regular-season games, and logged 69 catches for 1,084 yards.
“I would say we’ve got some good chemistry over the years, but we’re always working on it. We’re always looking to improve, and we’re always looking to get better,” Gronkowski said.
Maybe he will play against the Panthers, who knows…