Former NFL government Mike Tannenbaum was not too long ago a visitor on ESPN’s Get Up program and was requested in regards to the probabilities of retired tight finish Rob Gronkowski returning to the Bucs this season. Tannenbaum, who labored in NFL entrance workplaces for over twenty years, together with 16 years with the New York Jets, mentioned that Bucs quarterback Tom Brady will get Gronk to come back again throughout the 2022 season.
“100% he comes again,” Tannebaum mentioned. “Tom Brady – when he says, ‘Go’ [Gronk] says, ‘Sure – how briskly and the way excessive?’
“Look, they don’t want Gronk for 17 video games, guys. They want Gronk for consequential moments – third down, purple zone coming down the stretch. Possibly it’s 15 performs per sport.”
Gronkowski introduced his retirement for the second time on June 21. He beforehand retired earlier than the 2019 season, however returned in 2020 when Brady signed with the Bucs in free company. Gronkowski caught two touchdowns in serving to the Bucs win Tremendous Bowl LV that season.
Is Gronk Merely Avoiding Coaching Camp?
Tannenbaum speculates that a part of the explanation the 33-year previous Gronkowski has not re-signed with the Bucs but is in order that he can miss coaching camp.
“A variety of veterans don’t like coaching camp,” Tannenbaum mentioned. “Gronk doesn’t want it, however we’d like high quality performs, not amount performs. He may very well be the distinction between them beating the Rams down the stretch.
“So, when Tom Brady says, ‘Hey, Gronk, it’s time to go,’ I’ve little doubt in my thoughts that he’ll be a Buccaneer.”
Throughout Tannenbaum’s look on Get Up, ESPN put up an attention-grabbing graphic. It confirmed that Brady has thrown 48 touchdowns and no interceptions within the purple zone when Gronkowski is on the sector. Not all of these landing passes went to Gronkowski, however 13 out of his 16 landing receptions have come from Brady within the purple zone.
“I feel this staff is loaded, and Gronk down the stretch solely makes them that a lot better,” Tannenbaum mentioned.