The New England Patriots' offense has been revitalized by the return of tight end Rob Gronkowski from offseason forearm and back surgeries.
Gronkowski caught nine passes for 143 yards and one touchdown during a 55-31 blowout win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, who allowed a franchise-worst 610 yards of total offense.
“When he’s healthy and on the field, he’s tough to stop,” Patriots quarterback Tom Brady told reporters. “He’s a great run-blocker and what he does for us in the passing game, it’s tough to match up. And if the attention goes to Gronk with extra coverage, it opens it up for all the other guys. He’s a big presence on our team and when he’s out there for every snap it’s going to be even better.”
Added Gronkowski: “It felt good getting more games under me and I’m feeling good, getting better every week. When we’re clicking, we’re clicking and it’s awesome.”
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