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Former Patriots executive Mike Lombardi: Rob Gronkowski is not right

Ryan Hannable
November 01, 2018 - 9:29 pm

Earlier in the season, former Patriots executive Mike Lombardi said Rob Gronkowski has lost a step or two.

As we stand now, whether it's because of injuries or not, it looks like he was right.

Now, appearing on The Ringer's GM Street podcast this week, Lombardi said Gronkowski is not right. It's worth noting this podcast was recorded Tuesday, before Gronkowski missed practice Thursday and had his strange press conference Wednesday.

“You can watch the tape, you can study the tape — I think Gronk is a great player, I have always thought Gronk is a great player, I think Gronk is a Hall of Fame player — but he’s not right," Lombardi said. "He doesn’t look like the same player right now. He is always catching the ball in a crowd. He’s not separating from anybody. He is a huge target, don’t get me wrong, and he makes some unbelievable catches, but in terms of just being open, it’s not easy right now for him. Whether it is his back, whether it is his lower body, I don’t know. I’ll say it again: You could see it [Monday night].”

Gronkowski is on pace for 58 catches, 896 yards and two touchdowns. These would be the lowest of his career for seasons he’s played at least 14 games since his rookie year, except in that year he had 10 touchdowns.

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