2. Rob Gronkowski vs. the Texans
Gronk eat. I think he will against the Houston defense. Gronkowski gets talked about maybe more than any tight end in the game right now, but then he’s one of the key offensive weapons for the most consistently dominant team in the league. It comes with the territory.
It’s been an up-and-down road for Gronkowsk,i but after an injury derailed a solid start in 2016, he responded with another 1,000 yard season in 2017. With Tom Brady under center, and going against a Houston defense prone to give up yardage to tight ends, Gronkowski gets the No. 1 nod for tight ends this week.
Brady spreads the ball. After losing Brandin Cooks and Amendola to the Rams and Dolphins respectively, and Julian Edelman to suspension, it’s a tough Week 1. That’s why Gronkowski may shine brightest on the field. The wide receivers starting for New England in the opener? Chris Hogan, underrated, and who should stand out for this core, and Phillip Dorsett. Cordarrelle Patterson may get some targets as well. Play Gronkowski this week.