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Rob Gronkowski on blowout loss: 'It's just a wakeup call, especially for myself'

Ryan Hannable
September 08, 2017 - 1:45 am

FOXBORO -- Rob Gronkowski had played in five season openers prior to Thursday and scored touchdowns in all five of them. 

Gronkowski didn't score a touchdown Thursday. In fact, he finished with just two catches for 33 yards in the Patriots' 42-27 loss to the Chiefs.

“Just shows you’ve got to be ready every week, week-in and week-out,” Gronkowski said. “It just shows that Week 1, you’ve got to be prepared, no matter what. It’s the NFL — they’ve got good players, a good team. You gotta be ready at all times, no matter who you’re facing, so it’s just a wakeup call, especially for myself.”

It was the first regular-season game without Julian Edelman and the team also didn't have Malcolm Mitchell, who was put on injured reserve before the game. Then, in the second half Danny Amendola was lost with a concussion. The offense as a whole struggled and couldn't get into any rhythm.

Gronkowski said it starts with him.

“Just weren’t clicking,” Gronkowski said. “It starts with me. Gotta get open more. You’ve gotta get better separation. Make some plays. Get the offense rolling. Just wasn’t going to happen.”

Without Edelman, Gronkowski is one of the players who needs to step up and it will start a week from Sunday in New Orleans.

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