At this time a year ago, Rob Gronkowski was enjoying life following his retirement from the New England Patriots. Fast forward to now and after his trade to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to reunite with Tom Brady, Gronkowski is adjusting to life in the NFL again.
“Let me tell you, the first couple practices, it definitely felt weird. The game was really fast when I first got out there again. The defense felt really fast, said Gronkowski”.
It’s a challenge for most players to get back into a routine during the offseason, let alone one like Gronkowski, who was retired during the 2019 season. Despite his limited time with his new team, Gronkowski believes he’s getting more comfortable as each day passes.
“As time goes on and as the days go on, I feel better about myself being out there. My confidence keeps going up, the game is slowing down,” Buccaneers star Gronkowski said. “I’m starting to pick up the offense more. … I have so much more to work on, and so much more to improve on, but I am really glad to be here.”
During the 2019 season, Gronkowski continually shut down rumors of him rejoining the Patriots while the season was taking place. However, after Brady chose to leave for the Buccaneers, Gronkowski couldn’t refuse the opportunity to catch up with his old friend in Florida.
Upon Gronkowski’s arrival, he’s expected to share time at tight end with Buccaneers talents O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate. Not to mention, the Buccaneers boast the best wide receiver duo in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.
Right now, Gronkowski is still in the early stages of getting a grasp of playing football again. If he shows any semblance of being the player he was in New England, the Buccaneers’ offense could be unstoppable.