Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, was the first to report Gronkowski was a no go for the joint practices, with the Washington Redskins. The good news, for the Patriots, Gronkowski did not have any setbacks to cause this. It’s more of a precautionary measure at this point.
It does however make you wonder, if this might be from the recent comments, Gronkowski used when addressing the way he still approaches the game.
“Nah, I ain’t changing that one bit,” Gronkowski said, via WEEI. “I’m going to go full speed when I’m out there and I’m going to keep smashing and dashing in everything I do. Maybe if it’s not necessary one single bit I’ll go down [to the ground]. But if I can make some plays and make some extra yards and get in the end zone, I’m definitely going to go full speed and do everything I can.”
The Patriots want to avoid any risks for Gronkowski. So it makes sense to have him wait this one out. Have Gronkowski back to his full potential for the season. Right now there is one goal in mind: Have Gronkowski ready for when it counts.
This also allows for more reps, Asa Watson, Justin Jones, James Develin, Michael Hoomanawanui and DJ Williams will have plenty of opportunity to show what they can do.
The Patriots preseason kicks off Thursday against the Redskins.