New England Patriots: 3 Reasons TE Rob Gronkowski Hasn’t Played Like Last Year

October 7, 2012   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots had the greatest single season in tight end history in 2011. As such, expectations for 2012 were, justifiably, through the roof. 
Yet, Gronk hasn't quite been able to put together the kind of start Patriots fans had hoped for. The Patriots are just 2-2 and Gronkowski has not been as central to the offensive game plan so far.
After four regular season games, many are beginning to question why he  hasn't been up to his usual greatness. 
Let's take a look at the key differences between this year and last year.
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The Patriots have not suffered a shortage of offensive talent over the last decade, but this team is particularly deep. 
In the off season, New England added deep-threat wide-receiver, Brandon Lloyd, in hopes of spreading the field a bit more than last year. The ground game has shown significant improvement as a result; Coach Belichick has shown willingness to lean o...

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