No one can blame the New England Patriots for easing their superstar tight end back into action. And no one can blame Rob Gronkowski for playing the cards he was dealt.
Gronkowski, who’s been dealing with a hamstring injury, played just 14 offensive snaps (including kneel-downs and penalties) in his first game action of the 2016 NFL season, according to ESPN.com. Only three of those snaps came in the second half with the Patriots in control.
Furthermore, rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett targeted Gronkowski only once, though the play was a pass to the end zone from the Texans’ 6-yard line in the first quarter. The attempt sailed over Gronk’s head.
In other words, it was goose eggs across the board from a fantasy perspective, leaving some owners behind the eight ball going into the weekend. The good news, however, is that Gronkowski stayed healthy and should find himself becoming a bigger part of the Patriots’ offense in due time.
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