Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski made headlines when he told Peyton and Eli Manning on Monday Night Football that he doesn’t really watch film on his own and often relies on Tom Brady to help him out when it comes to strategy.
Perhaps somebody with the Buccaneers got in Gronk’s ear, because the star tight end is now doing a 180 on that claim. And, of course, it’s still a hilarious anecdote:
Bucs TE Rob Gronkowski recanted his comments about not watching film that he made to the Manning brothers on MNF. “I watch so much film, my girlfriend throws shit at me,”
— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) September 22, 2021
Actually, #Gronk says he watches a ton of film. #Bucs pic.twitter.com/vly8PB12cA
— Joey Knight (@TBTimes_Bulls) September 22, 2021
Who knows just how much game film Gronk actually watches, but whatever the case, he’s dominating on the field. The veteran tight end already has four touchdowns on the young season, with two scores apiece in Week 1 and Week 2. He has 12 catches for 129 yards so far.
Gronk also had two touchdown receptions in the Super Bowl victory over the Kansas City Chiefs, so that’s three consecutive games with two touchdowns for the Buccaneers star. That nearly matches the seven touchdowns he had in 16 regular-season games in 2020, which was a solid number in its own right after he sat out the 2019 season due to an early retirement. In 2018, he only had three touchdowns with the New England Patriots, even including the run to the Super Bowl.
Gronk and Brady are looking as dominant as ever, and the Buccaneers look primed for a repeat after a 2-0 start.