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Rob Gronkowski misses playing defense: 'Maybe one day I'll switch to it'

Ryan Hannable
September 29, 2017 - 6:30 am

FOXBORO -- Growing up Rob Gronkowski was more than just a tight end, he also was a stud defensive end.

After playing defense on the Hail Mary to close the game last Sunday against the Texans, Gronkowski recalled his days as a defensive end.

"If they put me at D-end ever, you'd see I'm a hybrid D-end," Gronkowski said Thursday. "Maybe one day I'll switch to it. I've thought about that."

Why would Gronkowski ever want to switch from his tight end spot?

"You just put your head down and you go up the field," Gronkowski said. "You don't gotta run 70 yards up the field."

After Sunday, Gronkowski has now totaled three defensive snaps in his career.

"Now I can say whenever people ask me that I play both offense and defense," Gronkowski said. "I enjoy it and it's fun going in there."


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