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Bruce Arians offers intriguing assessment of Rob Gronkowski’s Week 1 performance for Buccaneers

Bruce Arians, Rob Gronkowski

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were brought back down to earth after they dropped their season opener against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. The debuts of both Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski were spoiled by Drew Brees and the rest of the Saints, who managed to snag a 34-23 win.

With that said, second year head coach Bruce Arians is trying to look on the bright side after losing their first game. When asked on how Gronk performed, the Buccaneers tactician was rather generous in assessing the three-time Super Bowl champion tight end.

“I thought he played fine.” Arians said on Gronk, per Michael Giardi of the NFL Network. “There was some time he was matched up against Cam Jordan. We would have like to have seen a little more push but we’ll take a stalemate.”

Rob Gronkowski ended his Tampa Bay debut with just two catches for 11 yards in his first professional game back after missing the entire 2019 season. On the other hand, Cam Jordan tallied a total of four tackles as the entire New Orleans defensive line proved to be a handful for Tampa Bay in the opener.

It was far from the ideal start that the entire Tampa Bay organization was hoping for coming into the 2020 season. There were a lot of high expectations on the new-look Buccaneers with the addition of both Brady and Gronkowski, but the Saints made it clear that they are still the kings of the NFC South division.

Surely, Gronk has to play more than “fine” for the Buccaneers to be successful this 2020.