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Rob Gronkowski: Patriots offense, including myself, needs to pick it up without Josh Gordon

Ryan Hannable
December 21, 2018 - 3:19 pm

FOXBORO -- The Patriots offense has a lot to make up for with Josh Gordon no longer in the mix after he was suspended Thursday for violating the terms of his NFL reinstatement.

Speaking Friday, Rob Gronkowski said the entire offense, including himself, needs to step up.

“You’ve got to,” he said. “Coming down to crunch time, end of the year, we’ve got to pick it up, including myself. We’ve got to go out there and make plays. ... I feel like the offense really doesn’t need to change. I feel like players like myself just need to step up and start making plays."

Gronkowski echoed similar comments from the rest of the Patriots on their feelings about Gordon.

“He was a great teammate to have, a great guy to have around in the locker room,” he said. “We’re definitely going to miss him. I wish him nothing but the best. All other matters, you’ll have to directly talk to him, but he was a great teammate to have around.”

Two weeks ago, Gronkowski had his best game of the season when he had eight receptions on eight targets for 107 yards and a touchdown in Miami, and the followed it up with just two catches on five targets for 21 yards.

The Patriots need more performances like he had against the Dolphins.

“We’ve just got to come out and play together — play how we know we can play,” Gronkowski said. “Everyone doing their roles, everyone doing what they need to do to help spark the offense, to help keep the drives going, to help pick up a third down on a drive, to make a touchdown in the red area. Everyone’s got to pick it up, including myself, and play hard.”

The Patriots desperately need a win this Sunday when they host the Bills at Gillette Stadium.

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