Why Rob Gronkowski is ‘toughest tight end to face,’ according to Texans’ Michael Thomas
The looming comeback of tight end of now-Tampa Bay Buccaneer Rob Gronkowski to the NFL limelight in the upcoming season turned many heads around the league. Houston Texans’ safety Michael Thomas only has high praises for the three-time Super Bowl champion.
Thomas shared his thoughts on the newest member of the Buccaneers in an opinion piece with Football Morning in America:
“I think Rob Gronkowski was that guy where it didn’t matter how great you defended him all game. The defense knew that he was going to find a way to seal himself off or get himself open and find a way to score. He was definitely the toughest tight end to face, because he knows Tom Brady is going to find a way to get him the ball. He was a mental problem because he had a great quarterback (and this season he’ll have him again) and he’s a big dude who can move and be physical. It was always a battle. But we knew to keep guarding him, keep battling, because otherwise he’s going to make plays.”
At age 31, Gronk still has undoubtedly a lot left in the tank. He is still the only player in his position to ever lead the league in receiving touchdowns with 17 back in 2011. In his last playing season back in 2018, he amassed 47 receptions, 682 receiving yards, and scored 3 touchdowns.
Gronk will be a major addition to a revamped Tampa Bay Buccaneers side. He will join long-time Patriots teammate Tom Brady along with key players Mike Evans and Chris Godwin to bring the franchise back to the playoff picture after a 13-year drought.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will aim to earn a trip to the upcoming Super Bowl LV which will be held on their home turf in 2020. Having not only Brady, but also Rob Gronkowski on their side doesn’t hurt their chances.