Reports surfaced from all over today that Rob Gronkowski will make his return to the field for the Patriots on Sunday against the Saints.
Ben Volin joins Gary Tanguay on Sports Tonight to discuss what this could mean for the Patriots.
Tangauy wonders how conditioned and football-ready Gronk will be. Volin notes that it seems to be the arm that is holding Gronk back, based on the fact that Dr. James Andrews will clear him to play last.
"If Gronk does play this Sunday which I think is very reasonable, I think it'll be like Amendola last week," Volin said. "They'll ease him back in. It's not going to be 60 snaps. He'll play in the red zone. he'll help out. They don't have to throw to Nate Solder in the end zone. They can throw to Gronk now. They don't even get it in the red zone, they only had four snaps inside the 20-yard line last game. So Gronk isn't going to solve all the problems, but he does give Brady a big target."
And speaking of Amendola, how does Volin think he performed in his first game back?
"He played about two-thirds of the snaps which I thought was even more than a lot of us expected," Volin said. "He made four, five catches, some tough catches over the middle laying out. So I think injury-wise his groin he looked fine. He looked full-go, he can play. He did have a couple drops. I think that's the rust from sitting out three or four weeks and the Bengals did have a tough defense. So I think him and Edelman paired together in the slot, that could be a very dangerous duo. Then when you add Gronkowski in there as well, now you're starting to give Tom Brady some pieces that he hasn't had before."
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