Although the New England Patriots re-signed wide receiver Julian Edelman and signed former Carolina Panthers’ wide receiver Brandon LaFell, it is clear the Patriots need tight end Rob Gronkowski if they want to once again become an elite offense.
Last year, the Patriots’ offense really stuggled and regressed from what it was over the last few years when it was consistently among the top three or four offenses in the league. Gronkowski has been on the practice field but the Patriots are still waiting for Gronkowski to participate in full contact drills.
According to Tom E. Curran of CSN New England, Gronkowski participated in seven on seven drills on Monday.
Rob Gronkowski involved in 7 on 7 work at practice today. First time he’s been out there for that.
— Tom E. Curran (@tomecurran) August 11, 2014
Curran’s colleague, Phil Perry, elaborated on Gronkowski’s involvement.
Rob Gronkowski saw his first 7-on-7 action of the summer on Monday. A step in the right direction from the big tight end. He caught one pass from Jimmy Garoppolo and sat out the rest of the period….
…After a 7-on-7 session, Tom Brady worked with Rob Gronkowski (defended by Darrelle Revis) while the punt team worked on its coverage with Matthew Slater working as a gunner. As that went on, Jimmy Garoppolo stood with Josh McDaniels and listened intently as they had what would qualify as a relatively long, and unusually stationary, training camp on-the-field meeting.
Gronkowski made 39 receptions for 592 yards and four touchdowns in seven games last season. In his career, he has 226 catches for 3,255 yards and 42 touchdowns.