Bucs' Rob Gronkowski doesn't watch film to prepare for games
Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Buccaneers TE Rob Gronkowski admits he doesn't watch film to prepare for games

Rob Gronkowski is not a film kind of guy. 

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end revealed to Peyton and Eli Manning on ESPN2's simulcast of Monday Night Football between the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions that he doesn't watch film at all. 

"My teammate Cam Brate just asked me the other day. He goes, 'Rob, I have a serious question.' He goes, 'Do you ever watch film?' And I said, 'No, I don't. I just run by guys. If I'm feeling good, I'm feeling good.' So, I don't know how to answer that," Gronkowski said, per WEEI's Ryan Hannable. "I don't watch film. But I do watch film when the team is showing it, and every once in a while, I watch games like right now and study them."

Although he doesn't study film, Gronkowski said he relies on Tom Brady because he knows the veteran quarterback watches plenty of film throughout the week.

"I actually do go up to Tom, because I know Tom watches I don't know how many hours of film a week," he said. "I go, 'Tom, who's covering me this week? What type of coverages are they doing?' That's why I love playing with him."

Gronkowski is in the midst of an impressive season, and only two weeks have gone by. The five-time Pro Bowler has 12 catches for 129 yards and four touchdowns in two games. 

The 32-year-old is on pace to have a better season than he did in 2020, which was his first in Tampa Bay. Last season, he had 45 catches for 623 yards and seven touchdowns in 16 games. 

If he wants to continue not watching film, that's probably perfectly fine with many Bucs fans. 

Erin Walsh is a Boston sports fan through and through. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bridgewater State University and currently is in pursuit of her Master's Degree in Journalism from Northeastern University. Follow her on Twitter @ewalsh90.

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