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Stop the presses: Rob Gronkowski is growing up

For a guy who was on a television cooking show making sausage jokes this week, it’s odd to hear people talk about the “mature” Rob Gronkowski. But teammates and coaches say the fun-loving Gronk might actually be turning into an adult. “He’s grown up a lot over the last five years,” Brady said, via Tom…

Thursday morning one-liners

The Bills’ offensive line has room for improvement. The Dolphins got four injured LBs back to practice, but it’s unclear if they’ll all be available. Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski. Sausage. Write your own punch line. Former Jets CB Darrelle Revis said “It’s kind of sad” the way coach Rex Ryan is going out. Ravens TE…

Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski help Patriots run lead to 18 points

The first time the Patriots and Dolphins met in 2014, Miami used a big second half to hand the AFC East leaders a loss in the season opener. Things are playing out differently this time. The Patriots have scored on their first three possessions of the third quarter to extend their lead to 31-13 with…

Bill Belichick messes with Rob Gronkowski about cat photos

Gronk have soft side. Gronk like kittens. Gronk get crushed in locker room. As you might imagine, his Patriots teammates had plenty of fun with the cat pictures of Rob Gronkowski featured in ESPN the Magazine. But coach Bill Belichick apparently got in on the action during a team meeting, which you might not have…

Rob Gronkowski admires Antonio Gates’ longevity

Gronk party. Gronk play football. Gronk get introspective. Well, sort of. Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski admitted this week he might have to be more judicious with the amount of contact he takes, and wants to sit down with Chargers veteran Antonio Gates to talk about it. Via Tom Curran of CSNNE.com, the 34-year-old Gates talked…

Packers defenders readying for chess match with Patriots

The Packers and Patriots will square off at Lambeau Field on Sunday and the Packers Defense is preparing for as tough a test as they’ve faced this season. With tight end Rob Gronkowski back to full speed, the Patriots Offense has taken flight during their seven-game winning streak. They are averaging more than 39 points…

Rob Gronkowski fined $8,268 for bouncer move

Rob Gronkowski is going to have to work a lot of weekends as a bouncer to make up for this one. The league office tells PFT that Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was fined $8,268 for unnecessary roughness during last week’s game against the Colts. The fine stemmed from his “blocking” Colts safety Sergio Brown out…

Lions know no one man can stop Gronk

As the Lions prepare to face Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski on Sunday, they know expecting any one player — linebacker, safety or cornerback — to stop him is unrealistic. “It’s a team effort,” Lions free safety Glover Quin said, via Josh Katzenstein of the Detroit News. “Everybody chips in. Obviously, when we get him…

Brady says DBs “panic” when they have to face Gronkowski

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady says tight end Rob Gronkowski is so physically imposing that opposing defensive backs are afraid to cover him. “Imagine trying to cover that,” Brady said. “He just gets great body position, and I think that’s a big part of it because he’s such a big guy, it’s hard to go through…

Wednesday morning one-liners

The Bills want to get better in the red zone. Dolphins players say they miss the presence of Joe Philbin while the coach attends to his family after the death of his father. The Patriots are glad to have Rob Gronkowski back to being Gronk. Keyshawn Johnson says that if you think this year’s Jets…

Rob Gronkowski: I like scoring touchdowns

If there was one play that told you everything you needed to know about Sunday’s 51-23 Patriots blowout of the Bears, it was New England tight end Rob Gronkowski’s third touchdown of the day. Gronkowski caught a pass, flung Bears safety Ryan Mundy aside as if he were a gnat and then outran the rest…

Patriots take early lead vs. Chicago

The Patriots’ offense is looking sharp early vs. Chicago. Tom Brady’s six-yard TD pass to tight end Rob Gronkowski gave the Patriots a 7-0 lead a little more than five minutes into Sunday’s game at Gillette Stadium. Gronkowski’s TD catch — punctuated by a spike, of course — capped a five-play, 55-yard drive. Tailback Jonas…

Rob Gronkowski: We made Tom Brady look like Tom Brady again

The Patriots rebounded from a week of criticism and scrutiny by overwhelming the Bengals on Sunday night in a win that saw quarterback Tom Brady play his best game of the season. Better blocking by the offensive line made a big difference for the Pats as did tight end Rob Gronkowski’s first 100-yard receiving game…

Rob Gronkowski, five other Patriots listed probable for Monday

All six players on the Patriots’ final injury report released Saturday are probable for Monday night’s game at Kansas City. Tight end Rob Gronkowski (knee), defensive lineman Michael Buchanan (ankle), linebacker Jamie Collins (thigh), center Dan Connolly (foot), cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (shoulder) and safety Don Jones (hamstring) all put in limited practices on Saturday for…

Gronk ready for more playing time

The Patriots have taken things slowly with tight end Rob Gronkowski in the first three weeks of the season. Gronkowski is returning from the torn ACL he suffered last year and the Patriots have played him on 48.5 percent of the snaps so far this year. They ramped things up a bit against the Raiders…

Friday morning one-liners

Robert Woods wants to be the No. 1 receiver for the Bills. Dolphins DT Randy Starks’s consecutive games streak could be at risk. Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is still shaking off some of the rust. The Jets feel TE Jace Amaro is making progress in his rookie season. The thinned-out Ravens secondary held up well…

Gronk touchdown, three Dolphins turnovers help Pats to 20-10 lead

Rob Gronkowski played about half the snaps in the first half against the Dolphins on Sunday and he made his presence felt. Gronkowski, playing his first game since last year’s torn ACL, caught a six-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady in the second quarter as the Patriots were on their way to a 20-10 halftime…

Look for Gronk, on a limited basis

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski told reporters this week that he’ll play in Week One, but on a limited basis.  Coach Bill Belichick was more circumspect (there’s a f–king surprise).  Officially, it’s a coin-flip as to whether Gronk suits up. Unofficially, Gronkowski’s assessment is correct.  Per a league source, Gronk is expected to play, but…

ProFootballTalk: Will Tom Brady be limited against the Dolphins?

Patriots’ QB Tom Brady has been listed as questionable for Week 1 with a calf injury and like always, Bill Belichick isn’t sharing any further information. Mike Florio expects Brady and Rob Gronkowski to suit up and go against Miam

Brady is questionable with a calf injury

Like teammate Rob Gronkowski, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has said he’ll be ready to play on Sunday.  And as with Gronk, the official word on Brady’s availability from the team is “maybe.” The Patriots have listed both Gronkowski (knee) and Brady (calf) as questionable for Sunday’s regular-season opener against the Dolphins. “Physically I had the…

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