Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski hasn’t scored a touchdown in four

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by huangjian123 » Sat Nov 17, 2018 7:46 am

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski only has one touchdown in 2018 and it came all the way back in the season opener. He is on pace for 74 receptions http://www.patriotsauthorizedshop.com/authentic-trey-flowers-jersey , 986 yards, and a mere three touchdowns this year.For the record, this is still a great year for a tight end, especially with Gronkowski still blocking at an extremely high level. Over the past decade, Jason Witten (5 times), Jimmy Graham (4 times), Greg Olsen (3 times), Tony Gonzalez (2 times), Vernon Davis (2 times), and Travis Kelce (2 times) are the only tight ends to exceed 900 receiving yards multiple times.The four other First or Second Team All Pro awards:Dallas Clark, 2009 First TeamAntonio Gates, 2009 Second Team, 2010 Second TeamMarcedes Lewis, 2010 Second Team (there was a tie for second)These tight ends make up all but four of the past First or Second Team All Pro distinctions over the past decade. Gronkowski has exceed 900 receiving yards four times and each time he was named First Team All Pro. But we also have a different set of standards for Gronk and 3 touchdowns would tie his 8-game 2016 season for the least in his entire career.There are reasons for the “lack” of production, too. Against the Jacksonville Jaguars, when Gronk had a mere 15 yards on 2 catches, free safety Tashaun Gipson covered the tight end “man on man” for “much of the game.” Gipson said that “the key was getting his hands on Gronkowski early in routes and being physical.” Gipson did a great job, but he also had some help underneath from coverage linebackers Telvin Smith and Myles Jack Shaq Mason Jersey , who helped out with the high-low bracket coverage. Against the Detroit Lions, Gronkowski had 51 yards on 4 catches and Lions head coach Matt Patricia went heavy with the bracket coverage, too. He had safeties on the inside and outside of Gronkowski and made sure to hit the tight end at the line of scrimmage as often as possible to prevent him from building into his routes.Both the Jaguars and Lions were able to dedicate their defensive resources to stopping Gronkowski because they didn’t believe anyone else could carry the Patriots offense. Telvin Smith mentioned that there were only two players that Brady could rely on in the offense: Gronkowski and running back James White. White had 84 yards against the Jaguars, but no other Patriots player was able to step up and deliver.The introduction of Josh Gordon, the return of Julian Edelman, and the continued development of Sony Michel should help Gronkowski face softer coverages. But these three factors coincided with Gronkowski suffering an ankle injury ahead of the week 4 match-up against the Miami Dolphins that has lingered through week 5 against the Indianapolis Colts.So whether it’s a combination of great defensive play or Gronk battling an injury, the end result is a measly 46.3 yards per game over the past four weeks and Gronkowski hasn’t scored a touchdown. This is only the second time in Gronkowski’s entire career that he’s gone four straight games without at touchdown.The other time? Gronkowski’s historic 2011 season, when he failed to record a touchdown in games 4-7.He finished that season with 1,329 yards and 18 touchdowns. Maybe Gronkowski will go on a tear and start scoring more. I would be thrilled to see that happen. More realistically, I think Gronkowski’s days of averaging a touchdown per game are a thing of the past. When looking at Gronkowski’s 16-game moving total over the course of his career (ie: looking at how many touchdowns he’s scored over the previous 16 games), Gronkowski peaked in 2011 after the divisional round blowout against the Denver Broncos, with 20 touchdowns in the previous 16 games.Gronkowski has scored 10 or fewer touchdowns over the previous 16 games in just 33 of his 105 weeks that qualify (ie: everything after the 16th game of his rookie season). Three of those weeks came at the end of his rookie year when he had 10 touchdowns, and into the first week of 2011. A fourth time came after his previous 4-game scoreless streak in 2011.Gronk then averaged 11 or more touchdowns in his 16-game rolling total in 64 of his next 65 weeks (the one exception: week 7 of 2014, which includes his hobbled 2013 season).But since the start of the 2016 season, Gronkowski has averaged 10 or fewer touchdowns in 28 of a possible 30 weeks. He’s entering his third consecutive season of reduced scoring where we have to legitimately ask ourselves if the injuries have caught up to Gronkowski.The tight end started the 2016 season with a hamstring injury that sidelined him for two games and then he suffered a back injury that required his third career back surgery. He missed Julian Edelman in 2017, but Gronkowski still had his least-productive All Pro season (cue the eye rolls). Whatever’s happened to Gronkowski, he’s still the best tight end in the NFL. It should be noted that Gronkowski’s decline in touchdowns hasn’t really impacted his yardage total as he’s ranged between 1,100-1 Authentic Kyle Van Noy Jersey ,300 yards for most of his career. He’s the best run blocking tight end and he remains one of the top receiving targets. I expect Gronkowski to start scoring more touchdowns, even if he never comes close to his 18-touchdown season in 2011. But the distance between Gronkowski as a receiver and the rest of the tight ends in the league has shrunk.And, if we’re lucky, Gronk will score three touchdowns against the Kansas City Chiefs and will end up spiking this entire article into the dirt.Week 3 Patriots vs Lions recap and final score: Detroit beats New England 26-10 The (1-1) New England Patriots are on the road against the (0-2) Detroit Lions. Kickoff is at 8:20 PM ET on NBC.The Patriots are 6.5-point road favorites as they face off against former defensive coordinator and new Lions head coach Matt Patricia. Can the Patriots overcome Patricia’s insight into the team? Or will New England drop to 1-2 for the first time since 2012- the only time they’ve had a losing record through three games with Tom Brady as the starter?Pregame ShowGame DetailsGame Updates7:00 PM - Click here to see the inactive players report.First QuarterPatriots offensive starters:New England went 3-and-out to start the game after an errant pass from Tom Brady to Chris Hogan.Patriots defensive starters:The New England defense looked awful against the Lions offense, but a great open field tackle by Jason McCourty set up a third-and-long and the Lions were inches short of a first down on their next play. Detroit opted to take the points and kicked a field goal for a 3-0 lead.Tom Brady and company went 3-and-out on their next drive, with Brady dumping off a pass to Sony Michel for negative yards, Phillip Dorsett dropping the next target, and Brady overthrowing Dorsett- with Dorsett having a small chance of bringing it down. Ryan Allen had an awful 36-yard punt to set the Lions up on their own 40-yard line.The Lions waltzed down the field with the entire Patriots defense looking awful. New England can’t stop the run or the pass, with Jason McCourty the only defender that is able to make a play. Detroit keeps running in routes and crossing patterns to shake the New England zone coverage and the Patriots don’t have a response.Second QuarterDetroit had no problems finishing off the drive with yet another Matt Stafford pass to crossing pattern, this time to Kenny Golladay in front of Stephon Gilmore, as the Lions scored a touchdown and took a 10-0 lead. Stafford is 10 of 11 on the day for 88 yards and a touchdown, with the only completion coming after Jonathan Jones punched the ball out after Golden Tate was coming down with the pass. Brady is 1 of 4 for -1 yards. That kind of start to the day.The Patriots went 3-and-out. Again. Sony Michel has 1 yard on 2 carries, while Brady found Rex Burkhead for a 7-yard pass. New England has 13 yards on three drives, with Michel having 6 yards on 5 touches. Burkhead’s reception makes up the other yards. Brady is 0-3 when throwing to Dorsett and Hogan. This is U-G-L-Y.New England replaced Jason McCourty with rookie J.C. Jackson to try and get a different result on defense (although Jason was one of two players, along with Jonathan Jones, to actually play well). The Lions targeted Keion Crossen on third down and converted, and then Jackson was flagged for a holding call on the next play, followed by a 12-man-on-the-field penalty. The Lions once again got into the red zone Cheap Jonathan Jones Jersey , but a 2-yard run by LeGarrette Blount and two incompletions forced Detroit to settle for a field goal and a 13-0 lead. The Lions have more first downs than the Patriots have yards.It’s pretty clear that the Lions are following the same game plan that the Jacksonville Jaguars used last week and the Philadelphia Eagles did in the Super Bowl- run the ball against a terrible run defense, and attack the linebackers in coverage of the running backs, and run crossers and in-route patterns because passing plays can develop since the New England pass rush won’t get home. Brady found Rob Gronkowski for a 9-yard gain to kick off the next drive and Michel picked up the rest of the needed yards to get the team’s first first down of the day. Brady found Gronk for 15 more yards to get into Lions territory. Rex Burkhead picked up 19 yards and then Sony Michel gained enough yards to get in the red zone and set up a 3rd-and-1, but a huge stop by the Detroit defense knocked Michel back 2 yards and the Patriots had to settle for a field goal and a 13-3 deficit.Detroit got the ball with 2 time outs and 40 seconds left on the clock and decided to try and get some points before the half. The Lions got to midfield with 11 seconds left on the clock, but Jonathan Jones made a pair of openfield tackles to drain out the rest of the time.The Lions get the ball after the half. There’s a whole lot of football left, especially if the Patriots can keep Gronkowski involved in the second half. Third QuarterThere’s life! Ja’Whaun Bentley undercut a pass up the seam and intercepted the pass to set up Tom Brady and company at midfield. Brady, Gronkowski, and Michel marched their way to the red zone and Brady found James White for a 10-yard touchdown pass and a 13-10 deficit. Whole lot of football left to play.The New England defense forced the Lions to convert three third downs before Stafford found Marvin Jones for a 33-yard touchdown and a 20-10 lead. There was a miscommunication between Stephon Gilmore and Duron Harmon, as Harmon was supposed to take Jones in coverage, but did not. Gilmore had to play catch up and Jones was open for the score. Gilmore was in coverage for both of the Lions touchdowns.The Patriots quickly punted the ball back to the Lions after an ugly drop from Sony Michel and a desperation heave from Brady to Gronkowski in double coverage. It’s a clear sign of Brady’s frustration when he attempts these throws to his favorite targets. There’s a lot of football left, but this could be over if Brady’s already in his head. He can’t wait until Julian Edelman returns.The Lions gained 43 yards on three plays as they’re driving to extend their lead.Fourth QuarterLeGarrette Blount gained 13 yards to get into the red zone, but Elandon Roberts made an open field tackle for a 5-yard loss, Stafford threw the ball away in the face of pressure from Deatrich Wise, and the Patriots held the Lions to a field goal and a 23-10 lead. New England has to play a perfect game for the rest of the night if they’re going to win this.Aaaaaaand Brady gets flagged for intentional grounding on the very first play of this drive. The Lions recorded a coverage sack that honestly took over five seconds. The Patriots are #NotGood on both sides of the ball.The Patriots forced their first punt of the night (!!) with a little more than 9 minutes left in the game and Cyrus Jones was the returnman. Michele Tafoya reported that Rex Burkhead is out with a neck injury, which explains why Michel has been the workhorse. Brady threw a stupid interception to a double-covered Phillip Dorsett and Darius Slay came down with the ball. This is over.The Patriots forced a punt as the Lions were simply trying to run down the clock. Tom Brady and company went for it on 4th-and-12 from their own 13-yard line with 3:22 left in the game. Brady chucked a prayer up to Dorsett that was no where close to the target. Dorsett was injured on the play. Vomit.The Lions kicked a field goal to take a 26-10 lead.The Patriots are 1-2 for the first time since 2012 and the second time since 2001. This was a terrible game. The Patriots are not a good team in their current state and it goes beyond the injuries to Patrick Chung and Trey Flowers and the suspension of Julian Edelman. Bill Belichick and company need to do some soul searching.
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