The New England Patriots had a good start to the 2016 NFL Season and they did it without starters Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski. “Gronk” played in two games but his production was so minimal it looked like he was not in the Pats line-up.
Gronkowski played in two games but was used mostly as a blocker than an actual offensive option to do an injury.
Jason LaCanfora from CBS Sports stated that Gronk had a “strong week in practice” for the Patriots dispelling earlier rumors that he won’t be playing in Week 5 against the Cleveland Browns.
“Get ready for Gronk on Sun. Strong week of practice. His time as a decoy and run blocker waning. Expect to see much more downfield,” LaConfora wrote on Twitter.
Get ready for Gronk on Sun. Strong week of practice. His time as a decoy and run blocker waning. Expect to see much more downfield
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) October 8, 2016
The Browns are one of the most troubled teams in the league this season and the Patriots are expected to get the easy victory on Sunday. With Brady and Gronkowski back to their normal roles, New England will get a full strength line-up against the weak team.
Without Brady, the Patriots won their first three games, against the Arizona Cardinals (23-21), Miami Dolphins (31-24) and Houston Texans (27-0). They struggled the week before Brady returned, with a 16-0 shutout loss to AFC East rivals Buffalo Bills.
After the game against the Browns, the Patriots will face the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers. New England remains the favorite to win the AFC East and the conference, now with their two full time starters back healthy or from suspension.
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