Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski says there’s ‘no room for excuses’ in playoffs
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowksi has been a shell of his usually productive self this season. Although, he can easily point to back and ankle injuries for the dip in his numbers.
However, Gronk isn’t having any of that sort of talk about injuries. He believes there is no room for excuses now that the playoffs are here.
“It’s the game of football, there are no room for excuses,” Gronkowski said per Jordan Raanan of ESPN. “Everyone is dealing with something. You just have to keep on moving forward, you have to find a way. That is what makes this game great. You have to be mentally and physically prepared at all times to keep on going.”
Gronk also added that he’s feeling well ahead of the Patriots’ divisional-round matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.
“Yeah, going into the playoff, just had a bye week, practice is going well,” he said. “I’m doing what the coaches are asking me to do. So, just getting ready for a game Sunday.”
Gronkowski’s stats took a precipitous drop following his All-Pro campaign last season. In 13 games, he recorded just 47 catches for 682 yards and three touchdowns.
However, he’s right that injuries shouldn’t be an excuse as everyone’s dealing with problems. The Chargers have their own injury concerns surrounding Melvin Gordon, who hasn’t been the same after returning from a sprained MCL.
As Gronkowski put it, the players just need to find a way to get the job done despite any issues they might have if they want to progress in the playoffs.