New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had his preseason debut against the Philadelphia Eagles, and hit the field without one of his top targets.
Tight end Rob Gronkowski was sidelined during the 37-20 win over the Eagles, and answered a few questions about his presence or absence during the Pats’ third preseason game against the Carolina Panthers.
“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,” Gronk said.
Gronk was part of two preseason games last year, and had one catch for nine yards against the Detroit Lions in Week 3. He and Brady are having their ninth season together, and Gronk said that playing in preseason games is “always beneficial.”
“You always want practice reps, and no matter how good you think you are or how great the chemistry you think it is. 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,” Gronk added.
Julian Edelman will sit out the first four games of the season, and Gronk will be on the receiving end of more of Tom Brady’s passes.
“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,” Gronk said of his game with Tom Brady.
Let’s see how will Gronk handle the pressure of the regular season.