Rob Gronkowski announced on Monday that he is fully fit and raring to play in week one of the NFL season.
New England Patriots fans will all rejoice when they hear the news that Gronkowski himself confirmed, "I'll play on Sunday."
The reason why Patriots fans will be extremely excited about the prospect of Gronkowski lining up on Sunday in Miami is because of the potential upside that Gronk brings.
New England made the AFC Championship Game last season without any help from the big tight end.
But as his stats from the 2011 NFL season show, Rob Gronkowski has the potential to destroy defenses because of the match-up problems that he causes opponents.
2011 was a prime example. During that season he made 90 catches for 1,327 yards, scoring 17 touchdowns in the process.
Nobody can defend Gronkowski when he is at his best. He is unplayable. But it will take a while before Gronk gets back to his devastating best.
The Dolphins will be glad that they will only be playing against week one Gronk. We have to remember that he is coming back from devastating ACL and MCL injuries in 2013.
But just because Sunday will be his first game back does not mean he won't be a potential gamebreaker in the Pats' NFL opener.
Spells of action
Gronkowski has already revealed today that he won't be playing every single snap, which is why the New England Patriots are likely to employ the Gronk plan for the opening weeks of the season.
"(I'm) definitely not playing every single snap," NFL.com reported. "But just get out there, get my feet wet, whatever we game-plan this week, will be good."
The Patriots know when they need to desperately win and that is not in the early weeks of the season. They need Gronk at his best for the business end of the season, and until then they will spell him.
But he will be very effective during these spells of action, with the Pats likely to play him in key third down situations and redzone situations in the opening weeks. This is also something they should definitely do.
His 17 touchdowns in 2011 show how potent he can be in scoring situations, and there would be no better way for Gronkowski to regain his confidence than a brace of short yardage touchdowns against the Dolphins on Sunday.
It is unlikely that we will see Gronkowski braking off any huge runs after the catch. Especially because that's exactly how he got last year's injury in the first place.
Expect a redzone Rob Gronkowski plan employed by the Patriots in the short term, before the big man regains his prowess and rejoins Jimmy Graham in the elite tight-end group.
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