Rob Gronkowski: not the player he was but only the one he is now. After a year recovering from numerous injuries Rob Gronkowski is back on the American football field. Specifically, he downplayed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers one of the NFL’s football teams. It appears his primary reason for joining the Buccaneers was to play alongside his best friend in the game. Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski have been teammates and pals in the NFL for years. So, it’s no surprise that there on the same team again for the 2020 season. However, the way the Buccaneers are using Rob Gronkowski abilities don’t match the expectations.
Rob Gronkowski was not an active player of the NFL last year. In fact, for the majority of 2019 he was an effective retirement. This was due to the staggering number of injuries he sustained in the 2018 season. Specifically, by the end of the NFL’s 2018 season Gronkowski was playing with so many injuries it staggers the mind. the change in his playing ability from the start of the season was noticeable say the least. In fact, some sports announcers compare the change to Rob Gronkowski wearing shackles by the end of the season. so, it’s no surprise that he took a year to recover. In fact, it’s actually surprising that he came out of retirement all. Though to be fair, since he did sustain any career ending injuries there’s nothing stopping. In fact, the reason in 2018 he wasn’t on the inactive list of players was the nature of his injuries. Specifically, most of his injuries were minor and individually would not have stopped playing in 2019. However, they had a cumulative effect physically and most likely mentally.
Rob Gronkowski is back on Intel circuit playing for the Buccaneers. However, is not being used by the coach as he was in previous teams. Specifically, he was being used as a Tight End by the NFL Patriots for years. While he has managed to re-build his strength to NFL levels, he’s no longer able to make the runs. Which is one reason why he hasn’t made a single touchdown this season. instead, the Buccaneers had been using Rob Gronkowski in a more defensive role. That is, his job on the offensive line is to block the opposing teams’ players. There’s no doubt he has the mass and strength to do that having stopped several notable tacklers on his own. That being said, the Buccaneers coach has faced criticism for Rob Gronkowski like the Patriots. However, as pointed out by the coach and others he’s just there to play as best he can. Whether that means he makes catches or doesn’t as long as his teammates are happy and he hold the line.