Originally posted on The Rap Sheet  |  Last updated 11/23/11
So much of the national dialogue after the Patriots beat-down of the Chiefs was centered on one guy — Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski. The beast of a tight end had four catches for 96 yards with two scores. One was a 52-yarder, the other had him going head-over-heels. Either way, it’s clear QB Tom Brady trusts him. And coach Bill Belichick is impressed with his spikes. Why was he so successful — and necessary — in this offense? That was the topic of my weekly feature, Subject to Review. As the team has trended toward targeting tight ends instead of receivers, Gronk has flourished. On the year, Gronk is first in the NFL with 10 TDs by a tight end, and he’s second behind Saints TE Jimmy Graham with 56 catches for 805 yards. (more…)
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