Three reasons Buccaneers are fine as Rob Gronkowski takes his time

Rob Gronkowski, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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The health and injury history of Rob Gronkowski

An argument can certainly be made and has already been made by many, that Gronk is the greatest tight end to ever lace up a pair of cleats. In today’s pass-happy and fantasy football-obsessed world we find ourselves currently living in, the first thing people turn to is receiving numbers and stats when measuring the greatness of tight ends.

Gronkowski certainly has that part of the resume covered, thanks in large part to his skills in running after the catch. There’s more to being a great tight end though, and that includes blocking, which Gronk has also thrived in throughout his career.

As such, his body has taken its fair share of wear and tear over the years.

He looked practically bionic during his last few years with the New England Patriots, and while he doesn’t need as much protective equipment during his time in Tampa Bay, he did still miss four games for the Buccaneers during the 2021 NFL season.

With this being the case, it’s perfectly reasonable for Gronk to rest his body as much as possible, and not engage in as many team workouts, as light on contact as they may be. If he were to eventually re-join the team, then the Bucs would be perfectly content if he showed up as fresh as humanly possible, while still being in shape. Surely there wouldn’t be any complaints from Tom Brady either. Speaking of which…