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Gronk lovers of all ages (and there are millions of them) cannot wait for the 2020 NFL season to begin because their biggest wish actually came true – their hero, historic tight end Rob Gronkowski, is now officially un-retired.
Once the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made it clear they were going in a different direction this season and signed Tom Brady to lead the team, fans immediately began to speculate that the GOAT returning (to a non-Belichick team) could be all it took to get the big guy (Gronk) to want to play football again.
As we saw in our prior coverage, Gronkowski, Brady, and TB Buccaneers – Betting Odds; Predictions, the Bucs are expected to win big with this dynamic duo on the roster, or at the very least see the postseason for the first time since the 2007 season when they lost to the New York Giants in the Wild Card round.
The latest odds are provided by DraftKings Sportsbook.
|Receiving Yards||Odds DraftKings Sportsbook|
In Gronkowski’s nine NFL seasons, he caught for more than 600 yards six times, and only missed it by eight yards in one of the other years, but all that was with the ever-winning Patriots, not the oft-losing Buccaneers.
For Gronk to catch for over 600 yards this season, he will have to compete with some excellent receivers on the roster, mainly Mike Evans and Chris Godwin plus tight end O.J. Howard, who all helped give the Buccaneers the most productive passing offense in 2019.
Odds provided by DraftKings Sportsbook.
|Total Receiving Touchdowns||Odds DraftKings Sportsbook|
|Bucs Super Bowl Odds|
|Super Bowl LV||bet365 Sportsbook|
Odds taken May 6 from bet365 NJ Sportsbook.
In his final three seasons with the Patriots, Gronkowski caught for over 5 touchdowns just once, with 8 TD grabs in 2017, including a 53-yarder.
In the six seasons prior to that, Gronk caught less than 5 touchdowns in just one season, while in the other eight he caught for double-digit TDs, including a league-leading 17 during the 2011 regular season.
To bet on Gronkowski to post big numbers in 2020, you have to believe he can stay healthy, something that he has struggled to do his entire career.
The 30-year old tight end has undergone numerous surgeries to help repair his injured back, ankle, and arm, and he told the media that the thigh bruise he suffered in 2-17 was some of the worst pain he had ever endured.
For a tight end to catch for over 600 yards and 5 touchdowns after sitting out for a season, the situation would have to be pretty special, and that is exactly what is happening in Tampa with the surprising reunion of Gronkowski and Brady.
Much attention is paid to Gronkowski’s soft hands, but what is also true is that he is an excellent blocker, though how hard Arians will encourage him to hit remains to be seen.
With his big body and incredible strength, Gronkowski can quickly go from potential receiver to run or pass blocker, which is tough for a defense to game plan around.
When Gronkowski retired after the 2018 season, he confessed to the media:
“I was not in a good place. Football was bringing me down, and I didn’t like it. I was losing that joy in life.”
Let’s hope Gronk finds that love of football again now that he’s with his old friend in a new place.
Picks: absolutely take both overs – Gronk and GOAT are back, and they are going to put up some amazing 2020 numbers.
Mike Lukas is a retired standup comedian turned freelance writer now living in Dallas, Texas, originally from Cleveland, Ohio. His love for the game of football and all things Cleveland Browns turned Mike into a pro blogger years ago. Now Mike enjoys writing about all thirty-two NFL teams, hoping to help football gamblers gain a slight edge in their pursuit of the perfect wager. Email: [email protected]More info on Mike Lukas
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