Gronkowski excited to play with older brother


Gronkowski excited to play with older brother

By Danny Picard Staff Reporter Follow @dannypicard
FOXBORO --Rob Gronkowski didnt have to give his older brother, Dan, alecture on how business goes down in New England.

Dan already knows.

Hes been here for a couple hours, so I think hes got thatdown, said Rob on Wednesday at Gillette Stadium.

The Patriots announced the signing of Dan on Wednesday, andwhile he was too busy trying to catch up on his Week 1 preparations to talk tothe media during his first day in New England, his younger brother Robdiscussed his excitement for his teams newest addition.

You get excited, definitely, said Rob. Its a familymember. Im grateful to have my brothers in the league. And when it comes downto it, when you get a brother on the same team, I mean, thats awesome.

It was already a dream come true that he was in the NFL,but at the same time, to have him on your team, its awesome to have someonethere for a lot more support.

Like Rob, Dan is a tight end. Hes four years older thanRob and is enteringhis third year in the league, but he has actually played in less NFL games than Rob, who is in his second season.

For those unfamiliar with the former Detroit Lions andDenver Broncos tight end, Rob gave a scouting report on his older brother.

Hes just a hard worker, said Rob. Wherever he is, hesjust always working hard, in the weight room, on the field, off the fieldstudying. Hes just going to be a hard worker, trying to get down all the playsright away.

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Wednesday's Pats-Bills practice report: Jimmy G., Brissett both 'limited'

Wednesday's Pats-Bills practice report: Jimmy G., Brissett both 'limited'

FOXBORO -- The highly-anticipated first Patriots injury report of the week was released on Wednesday afternoon, and it was fairly predictable. 

Both injured quarterbacks were active but limited in their practice participation, the report indicated. That comes as little surprise as both Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) and Jacoby Brissett (thumb) were spotted throwing passes early in Wednesday's practice. Neither appeared to be experiencing any significant discomfort as they made their warm-up throws. 

Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower (knee) and tight end Rob Gronkowski (hamstring) were also limited. Gronkowski admitted that the team was taking it slow with him in his first game back on the field last week -- he played just 14 snaps in New England's win over Houston -- but he said on Wednesday that he hoped to go "freakin' crazy" on the field soon.


QB Jacoby Brissett (right thumb)
OT Marcus Cannon (calf)
G Jonathan Cooper (foot)
LB Jonathan Freeny (shoulder)
QB Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder)
TE Rob Gronkowski (hamstring)
LB Dont'a Hightower (knee)
CB Eric Rowe (ankle)


TE Charles Clay (knee)
OL Cyrus Kouandjio (ankle)
OL Patrick Lewis (knee)
WR Sammy Watkins (foot)

DB Colt Anderson (foot)
DB Ronald Darby (hamstring)
QB Cardale Jones (right shoulder)
DB Jonathan Meeks (foot)
WR Greg Salas (groin)
DB Aaron Williams (ankle)
OL Cordy Glenn (ankle)

Garoppolo: Not pressured by Patriots to return last Thursday

Garoppolo: Not pressured by Patriots to return last Thursday

FOXBORO -- Jimmy Garoppolo spoke Wednesday for the first time since getting his shoulder separated by the Dolphins’ Kiko Alonso. Standing by his locker, Garoppolo was predictably vague about the status of his arm, unless you consider, “Getting better day by day,” as being insightful. 

The only two responses offered that were worth a damn came when asked if he could have done anything different when he got squished by Alonso while retreating and buying time.  

“Just have to be smart I guess,” said Garoppolo. “I mean, it’s football and stuff’s gonna happen like that, but have to be smart in those situations.”

Asked if he regretted holding the ball as long as he did on a third-down play with the Patriots up 21-0, Garoppolo replied, “After it’s all said and done it’s easy to say that, but it’s one of those things, you’re in the heat of the game. But bottom line I have to be smarter than that.”


Meanwhile, as he worked last week to get back for Thursday night’s game against Houston, The Boston Herald reported that the Patriots were “putting pressure” on Garoppolo to be ready for the game. Working hard to get key players ready for upcoming games is standard operating procedure for a medical staff. Trying to force a player to perform is not. 

I asked Garoppolo if he felt unduly pressured. He replied, “No.”