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Rob Gronkowski when asked about lack of weapons on Patriots offense: 'It is what it is'

Ryan Hannable
September 24, 2018 - 12:07 pm
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DETROIT -- Through the first three games of the season, it's become clear the Patriots cannot rely solely on Rob Gronkowski.

With Julian Edelman suspended, the Patriots really don't have much at the wide receiver position, and in addition, pass-catching tight end Jacob Hollister has also missed two of the first three games. This has just put more on Gronkowski and to Jacksonville and Detroit's credit, they have taken Gronkowski out of games and not allowed him to beat them.

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Following a four catch performance in Sunday's 26-10 loss to the Lions, it was worth asking, does the tight end feel like he needs more help?

"I mean, it is what it is. Whatever it is. Just gotta figure it out myself," Gronkowski said. "Got to figure out how to get open no matter what coverage it is, and it's gonna take a little. But I feel like I've gotta adjust and up my game up."

Gronkowski and the Patriots offense will get more help in Week 5 once Edelman returns, but even then more is needed.

The Patriots acquired Josh Gordon last week and it is unclear what his role will be, but the team hopes it's more than what they have received so far at the receiver position. In addition, running backs Sony Michel and Rex Burkhead haven't had break out games yet, and that could be coming.

Bottom line, no matter how it happens, the team needs to be better.

"We've got to play better," Gronkowski said. "There's really nothing else to say."

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