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Rob Gronkowski acknowledges he can be more effective, addresses if he's having fun this year

Ryan Hannable
December 07, 2018 - 3:55 pm

There's no question it has been a challenging season for Rob Gronkowski.

The tight end clearly has not been at full strength from a health perspective, even needing to miss three out of the four games prior to the bye week to rest nagging ankle and back injuries. He has just two touchdowns on the year and doesn't have a single red zone catch.

Even though he's now off the injury report, on Friday Gronkowski acknowledged he can he better.

“That’s a tough question a little bit," he said to reporters. "I feel like obviously I can be more effective for sure. But what I’ve been doing is just putting practices together, just been working hard, just been doing what I’ve been asked to do from my teammates, coaches.”

Gronkowski added: “I can grow in the pass game. I can grow in the run game even more at times. Just whatever it is, just got to go out there and play my best football.”

A big thing with the All-Pro tight end is his engagement and how much he's enjoying things since he did contemplate retirement last season, noting the grind of a NFL season dealing with injuries and the hard work that comes with playing for the Patriots.

“Yeah, it’s enjoyable," he said with a smile when asked if he's having fun.

“You want to enjoy the time when you are out there with your teammates," Gronkowski added. "You want to be to able to enjoy it -- playing the game, making plays, especially when you are with your teammates you want to take in those moments throughout the practice week, on the game field, whenever it is, in the locker room. Whatever it is, you have to take it in and enjoy it and keep grinding, too.”

Gronkowski and his teammates will be going for another AFC East title Sunday in Miami against the Dolphins.

Related: Stephon Gilmore added to Patriots injury report, but is just one of two players questionable vs. Dolphins