Gronkowski ‘good to go' and ‘ready to roll' against the Jets


The thigh contusion suffered in Week 4 that kept Rob Gronkowski out last week is behind him. The veteran tight end said Friday that he’ll play Sunday vs. the Jets. 

“I’m good to go,” Gronkowski said. “Ready to play. Whatever the coaches call or whatever plays they have me in I'll be ready to roll.”

Gronkowski was limited in Thursday’s practice, but had full participation Friday. His return to game action will mean a meeting with a Jets defense that boasts a couple of impressive safeties in sixth overall pick Jamal Adams and second-rounder Marcus Maye. The duo has played a big role in the Jets, who figured to be in the mix for the worst record in the league, being a surprise 3-2 team. 


“They're definitely pretty good rookies too being able to start right off the bat at both safety positions,” Gronkowski said. “They're young, they're healthy, they're ready to roll, they're ready to play hard. They're aggressive too. You don't see any times they back down. They're ready to roll so we've got to be ready and be ready to face them.” 

Covering Gronkowski has long been a near impossibility, as it’s rare that he is shut down the way he was in Week 1 by three-time All-Pro Eric Berry. Asked whether young players try to use covering him as a measuring stick, Gronkowski said he assumes so. 

“I mean sometimes,” he said. “I wouldn't say that's always the case but I mean I've seen it before. I've heard guys on the field talking when facing younger guys. When you do get [matched up] I mean you hear them talking, you hear them talking smack. So that could be the case. I'm not over there on that team. I don't know guys personally. So hopefully I go out and I'm at my best.”

Asked whether he thrives on that, Gronkowski replied, “I like when people talk garbage to me.”

And the Patriots like when he plays. Looks like everybody will win Sunday. 


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