How will Rob Gronkowski be used with Buccaneers? Bruce Arians explains

Ryan Hannable
June 04, 2020 - 3:21 pm

With Rob Gronkowski being away from the game for a year, it's worth wondering how he will look in his return.

There's also a question of what kind of shape will he be in?

Gronkowski has said he's back to his playing weight, but some believe he will be more of a receiving tight end and not do much blocking.

Speaking to the Tampa Bay media Thursday, head coach Bruce Arians gave some insight into what to expect from Gronkowski and the Tampa Bay offense.

“Each week is finding out the best matchups,” Arians said. “I love 13 (personnel), I love three tight ends out there. We have a package where if you don’t know how to stop it, it can hurt you. I’d like to see use some more four wide receiver sets if those guys show up. Because if you have a very good fourth wide receiver, there are very few fourth good corners and nickels and dimes to come get ’em.”

Besides Gronkowski, Tampa Bay has two other solid tight ends in O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate.

With Tom Brady under center, and not Jamies Winston, turnovers should be down quite a bit for a year ago.

“That was an area I didn’t think … we couldn’t do much last year,” Arians said. “I think we can get better at utilizing all our personnel groups. The 11 is kind of the standard in the league now, but I’m really anxious to see the third, fourth, fifth receivers to fight it out for that spot. But I know 12’s gonna be a hell of a … 12 personnel, we got. We got that for sure.”

With the offensive mind that Arians has, combined with a ton of talent on the roster, it should be an exciting few months as he plans out his new offensive playbook.

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