Patriots Talk: Belichick Talks Gronk’s And Brady’s Health
With the New England Patriots being Super Bowl favorites the topic of conversation can often trend towards injury. Since the QB is going to be 40-years-old and their all-world tight end being injury prone, this is a fair conversation to have.
Rob Gronkowski had a season ending injury last year and his status is concerning to many Patriots fans. Last year the addition of Martellus Bennett helped protect them when Gronk went down. With Dewayne Allen in town, the Patriots are hoping he can do the same thing.
But for now, Gronk is working his way back and trying to keep up with the rest of his teammates.
“I mean, that was all pretty much over with by the start of the offseason program. So, he’s been trying to keep up with everybody else. We’ll see how it goes.” said Patriots coach Bill Belichick.
In terms of limits, Gronkowski does not have any according to Bill Belichick.
He doesn’t have any limits that I know of.
In regards to quarterback Tom Brady, Belichick envisions the future Hall of Famer to continue handling everything the same way despite his age.
“No, not really. I mean, last year, we were in a different situation, so that was what it was. This year, we’re not in that situation. You know, we have three players at that position. We need to get all of them ready, and that’s what we’ll try to do. Again, it’s a short training camp relative to, not last year, but relative to other years in my career.
We only have a handful of practices before we go up against Jacksonville and then Houston and then Detroit, and then we’re pretty much into the regular season. So, honestly, there’s probably not enough reps for the quarterbacks.
We could give them more, but we only have what we have, so we use the ones that we have the best that we can. I think it will be a challenge to get all three of them as ready as we’d like them to be or they’d like to be, but we’ll do the best we can. We’re working with the same opportunities as every other team in the league, so I’m not saying that. I’m just saying it is what it is. It’s a lot to get ready for. You know, we see a lot of defenses, a lot of coverages, nickel, dime, some base defenses, odd fronts, even fronts, a lot of multiple things that it’s a lot of volume out there. It’s not a lot of time to get ready for it, but like I said, we’ll do the best we can.”
The Patriots opened up training camp on Thursday with both players participating in full reps.