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Will Pats get the full Gronkowski?

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07:03 AM ET 06.18 | Over the past few months, Rob Gronkowski has recorded far more surgeries than receptions, and the setbacks mount this week. [Can] the Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady count on Gronkowski to have another Pro Bowl season in 2013? Gronkowski is slated for back surgery Tuesday and is expected to miss a portion of training camp. The main goal is to have Gronkowski ready for New England's Week 1 AFC East battle against the Buffalo Bills. But how effective with Gronkowski be when he returns? "He will be Gronk-ish, I'll say, but I don't know if he will be the same explosive, strong, physical Gronkowski," ESPN NFL analyst Jason Taylor said. ... Taylor also mentioned all of the offseason work in the weight room and strength training that Gronkowski is missing. It will take time to regain his full strength and flexibility.

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June 18, 2013  07:14 AM ET

They'll probably get the full Monty before they get the full Gronk.

June 18, 2013  07:53 AM ET

Wait and see, wait and see. It's better to have him healthy for the playoffs. AFC East is a lock for the Patriots even without Gronk.

June 18, 2013  07:57 AM ET

They should just be happy if he gets back to full strength by the end of the season. He won't be right for a while.

June 18, 2013  08:08 AM ET
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Wait and see, wait and see. It's better to have him healthy for the playoffs. AFC East is a lock for the Patriots even without Gronk.

I wouldn't look past the dolphins so fast, DD....

June 18, 2013  08:49 AM ET
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I wouldn't look past the dolphins so fast, DD....

They may have an outside shot at a wildcard, but I don't see them as a contender yet. They've got some maturing to do.

June 18, 2013  09:04 AM ET
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I wouldn't look past the dolphins so fast, DD....

Yeah, they got Mike Wallace!

June 18, 2013  09:23 AM ET

It really doesn't matter. He plays on the Patriots, a team starting into a decline that will last several years, so, they are a match made in heaven

June 18, 2013  09:26 AM ET
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Yeah, they got Mike Wallace!

Pats always catch hell against Miami, even without Wallace.

June 18, 2013  09:31 AM ET
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Pats always catch hell against Miami, even without Wallace.

Or maybe that was the jets they play well against....

June 18, 2013  09:37 AM ET
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Yeah, they got Mike Wallace!

Hartline and Wallace, that pretty much sums up the offensive firepower.

June 18, 2013  09:43 AM ET

The guy at 80% would be better than any alternative. They will be glad to take what they can get from him this year, and hope in time he is close to what he was. By mid season no one is 100%

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June 18, 2013  10:43 AM ET

I remember hearing an announcer say about Gronkowski; this kid is indestructible, the commentators curse then sprung up as Gronkowski hurt his back and had to sit the 2009 season.

June 18, 2013  10:46 AM ET

I think the important question is who's going to block on extra points until he's healthy enough to return?

June 18, 2013  10:52 AM ET

Once your back goes, you never go back. Get out while you can still walk Gronk.

June 18, 2013  11:37 AM ET

"Over the past few months, Rob Gronkowski has recorded far more surgeries than receptions."

Well over the past few months, there has been no NFL games. Does the writer take that into consideration?

June 18, 2013  11:47 AM ET

Bill B is bringing seven or eight TEs into camp; that says something about how much production he is expecting from Gronk this season.

June 18, 2013  11:59 AM ET

This dude is a cautionary tale

June 18, 2013  01:03 PM ET

Total speculation. The one thing we know is the bone in his arm will have been healing for about 30 weeks come Opening Day; a lot more than the six weeks it was healing before re-injuring it vs. Houston. As for the back, they say it's not that serious a situation and unrelated to his previous back injury. As mentioned, who knows? What I do know is Gronkowski's only 24 years old and I'd rather be young and dealing with this stuff.

 
June 18, 2013  03:24 PM ET

The smart move would be to put him on PUP. He would miss the first six weeks of the regular season. This would allow him to work in the weight room and get up to speed physically. They will need a healthy Gronk during the second half of the season and when the playoffs start.

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