Over the past few weeks, we haven’t heard much when it comes to Rob Gronkowski’s injury update. In some ways, no news has been good news. Because seemingly every time we heard Gronkowski’s name over the last eight months, it was due to some kind of setback. As it turns out, we actually do have some good news.
Yesterday, on ESPN’s NFL Insiders program (via Rotoworld), Adam Schefter reported that “buzz seems to be building the positive way” and that Gronkowski could avoid the reserve/PUP list altogether.
Schefter’s report conflicts with a Sunday report from Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, which stated “the likeliest and most prudent course of action appears to be keeping him on PUP to start the season.”
Getting Gronkowski back to start the season would be a huge boost for the Patriots offense and would take some of the pressure off the rookie receivers to perform from the get-go. It would also add an interesting wrinkle to the tight end competition, which features a tight battle between Daniel Fells, Michael Hoomanawanui, Zach Sudfeld, and Jake Ballard.