We are now officially less than 100 days away from the Patriots' season-opener against the Buffalo Bills, and Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran was on UNO Sports Tonight on Friday to begin looking ahead to the start of the 2013 season. And no player was more anticipated to be discussed than tight end Rob Gronkowski.
It was announced this week that Gronk will get back surgery in June that likely leave him out for most of training camp. But Curran thinks Gronkowski will miss more than training camp. In fact, he doesn't expect Gronk to even be suiting up for the season-opener.
“He's been on the shelf at the end of the season, or in states of disrepair, so take the early part of the season, get him right and then get your solid 10, 12 weeks so he's out making catches and not breaking himself," Curran said.
Gronkowski may not be around for the start of training camp, but a number of new faces will be, including newly-acquired safety Adrian Wilson. After 12 solid seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, Wilson signed with the Pats during the offseason, and Curran believes he'll be the biggest surprise in training camp.
“Your big, strong strapping safety to bring some attitude that they haven't had back there really since Rodney Harrison was here," Curran said. "Patrick Chung should've been the guy by now who was making the difference, he went off the rails last season.”
Take a look at the video above to hear what else Curran had to say about Gronkowski and Wilson, along with some other Patriots-related topics.