Rob Gronkowski news that should keep Buccaneers fans from worrying
By Rob Leeds
While the Buccaneers will almost assuredly start the season without Rob Gronkowski at tight end, that doesn’t mean they won’t end the season with him.
The Buccaneers are in a worse position without Rob Gronkowski-don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
Cameron Brate and two rookie tight ends playing one of the hardest positions in the NFL for a first year player is not going to cut it for this roster.
The tight end room for the Bucs went from being one of the best in the league to one of the worst with one single Tweet, but that doesn’t mean that all is lost for Tampa.
The first set of good news for the Buccaneers is that this offense doesn’t necessarily lean on the tight end position. This offense runs through wide receivers and tight ends that look like receivers. The Bucs should be able to address Gronk’s departure to some degree if they can find a quality fourth wide receiver to pair with their trio of starting receivers.
The other part of the good news in this equation is that Gronkowski is not the type of player to take at his word when retirement is on the table. No one should expect anything to change in the coming months, but the next few months don’t really matter in the grand scheme of things.
The only thing that matters is the end of the season and the playoffs, and there is a chance that Gronk can be back by then. Even Gronkowski’s agent thinks this is on the table:
If Tweets like this were already coming out that day, it seems like this could just be something that is temporary. Gronk will watch, wait, and see where the Bucs are at, and that is more than fine.
After the season he just had with injuries, it makes sense that Gronkowski would have trepidations with coming back so soon. But seeing Tom Brady and his teammates on the field without him and a chance at a Super Bowl could be too much for the Hall of Fame tight end to ignore.
No one should take any of this as a certainty, but it is definitely worth considering that the Bucs could be back to full strength sooner than most would believe.
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