With mandatory minicamp set to begin this week for the New England Patriots, expect to see a familiar face making his first appearance of the offseason. According to Rob Gronkowski himself, the veteran tight end will be there for the start of minicamp after missing the team’s voluntary activities the past couple weeks.
“We’ve got mandatory minicamp this week. So I’ll be there this week,” Gronkowski said on Sunday at a charity event. “I’ll be full go. I’m looking forward to it. Can’t wait to get back to work. I’m excited.”
His absence, along with that of quarterback, Tom Brady, has been the top headline for much of New England’s offseason following the draft. His absence led to wild speculation that he was considering retirement or looking for a new contract. The latter seems more likely at this point as he is gearing up to hit the field this week.
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Gronkowski was taking part of the ‘Buzz for Kids’ event at Gillette Stadium when he spoke to reporters about his minicamp plans. In addition to his statement about being at minicamp this week, Gronk took to Instagram to reiterate his intentions. Something that should bring a smile to Patriots fans’ faces.
What a great start to the week. Another year buzzing my head @buzzforkids for the kids! This event just keeps getting better every year with so many great vibes, awesome music, good people, and so many young kids that are just so positive even going through a tough time. I had a blast getting my head shaved from 2 little kids to help spread a message! Now I got mini camp this week and can’t wait to show everyone what these erotic arms are gonna do and how much faster I’ll be without my hair! #7xbuzzee #buzzforkids #onemission #PositiveVibesOnly
Entering his ninth season in the league, Gronkowski appeared in 14 regular season games and all three postseason games for the Patriots last year. During the regular season, the Arizona St. Alum caught 69 passes for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns. In the Super Bowl loss to the Eagles, Gronk caught nine balls for 116 yards and two touchdowns.