Brady: Gronk Return Will Be Huge for Pats
FOXBORO -- The New England Patriots offense was missing something this past Sunday.
Tom Brady repeatedly forced the ball to Josh Gordon with mixed results. Chris Hogan didn’t record a catch. The running game sputtered in its limited opportunity. Really, the only consistent playmaker was Julian Edelman, who topped 100 yards for the second time in three games.
The eventual return of tight end Rob Gronkowski should provide major help.
“Whenever we get him back, I think everyone is going to be excited about that,” Brady said at Wednesday’s press conference. “Hopefully it’s soon, but those things are really up to him and the trainers and so forth. I know he works extremely hard preparing and so forth, and I know he wants to be out there.”
Brady admitted things are different with Gronk on the field.
“I’ve played a lot of football with him, and I think I have a lot of trust and confidence (in him),” Brady said, “A lot of things have happened over the years. When he’s not there, there’s just a different level with other players. Sometimes we don’t try some things because Gronk’s not in there. Sometimes we do. Obviously, the more dependable, consistent players you have on the field, the more productive and efficient you’ll be, which leads to scoring more points which leads to better opportunity to win the game, which is ultimately the reason we’re all here.”
Gronkowski has missed three of the past four games as he deals with ankle and back injuries. He made the trip to Nasville for Sunday’s game, but did not suit up. Gronkowski watched from the sideline in sweats as the Pats offense struggled to get anything going.