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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Martellus Bennett praises Rob Gronkowski for his quiet contributions

Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski once again did not play a major role in the passing game for the New England Patriots on Sunday, but to say his presence was felt would be an understatement. Martellus Bennett understands that more than most, and the former NFL tight end called attention to it.

Gronkowski did not catch a pass in the first half against the Los Angeles Chargers, but he was an absolute beast in the running game. Here’s one of several blocks he threw that helped the Patriots run wild against LA:

Because he is known for scoring touchdowns and dominating defensive backs, many don’t realize how big of an impact a healthy Gronkowski makes in the running game. Bennett, who won a Super Bowl with the Patriots in 2016, has seen it in person and said that part of Gronk’s game is what makes him the NFL’s best.

Considering Gronkowski has had back issues throughout his career and again this season, the way he opened up holes and blocked multiple defenders on some plays was a great sign for the Patriots. Even if he has lost some speed and explosiveness, he can clearly play a huge role without catching the ball. That, New England’s play in all phases of the game, and some of the inexcusable mistakes that were made on Sunday gave the Chargers no chance.

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