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Josh McDaniels on Rob Gronkowski: 'I think he’s in a good place'

Ryan Hannable
December 04, 2018 - 2:10 pm

After missing three out of four games prior to the bye week, Rob Gronkowski has been back for two weeks.

Against the Jets, the All-Pro tight end had three catches for 56 yards and a touchdown and then last Sunday against the Vikings he had three catches for 26 yards. Particularly against Minnesota, it appeared Gronkowski was more like the player we saw from Weeks 2-8 where he lacked explosiveness and did not demand any special treatment from an opposing defense.

When asked about him on a conference call Tuesday, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels indicated how much better the Patriots are when he's on the field and noted he's in a good place.

"It’s great to have him back out there," McDaniels said. "Certainly coming back and working back into it, he’s practicing hard. He has a great attitude and approach, he’s unselfish and does whatever – ran-block pretty well the other night and does some things too that don’t necessarily get noticed or don’t show up on the stat sheet but helps us do a lot of different things and also takes a tremendous amount of coverage. Sometimes they put a lot of attention to him and the ball goes somewhere else, and that kind of goes hand-in-hand with what we talked about earlier about the quarterback reading the coverage out and trying to go to the right spot each coverage, each play and give ourselves a chance to have some success each time we go back and throw it.

"I think he’s in a good place, continues to work hard and he’s always patient and unselfish and he’s a great teammate. We’re better when he’s on the field."

In nine games played, Gronkowski has 35 receptions for 530 yards and two touchdowns.

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