As expected, Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski will not play on Saturday. Everything is still on course, though optimistic, but not certain about Week 1.
We've been playing this game long enough to know that Gronkowski plays in games that count and that's about it. Practicing is something that he is foreign to, so why would he play in preseason games? We all know he's a top option at tight end, but we also know the huge risk associated with Gronkowski. Remember that before you spend an early round pick on him.ANALYST: David Kerr
In today's episode of As the Gronk Turns, our hero is set to miss yet another preseason game and is likely doubtful to play in the fourth one as well. He remains hopeful about following through on his "I'll play in all 16 games" promise, but little did he know that our villain, The Injury Bug, has other plans in store for our hero. Tune in tomorrow for more false hope and lies from the House of Belichick.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Tom Brady completed 23-of-42 passes for 280 yards and three touchdowns in the Patriots 30-24 OT loss to the Broncos on Sunday.
Brady turned in one of his better games of the season and Sunday and while he's certainly had better numbers in previous games it is hard to ignore the lack of weapons on the offensive side of the ball that he had at his disposal with injuries to Dion Lewis, Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola over the last three weeks. Brady tossed three more touchdown passes on Sunday night, connecting with Rob Gronkowski, Scott Chandler and Brandon Bolden for the scores. Late in the fourth quarter the Patriots passing attack suffered another tremendous blow as Rob Gronkowski was carted off with a knee injury which at the time appeared to be severe and yet Brady still managed to drive the Patriots down the field for a game tying field goal try to send the contest into OT. If Gronk is forced to miss any extended amount of time the fantasy impact for Brady will take another big blow as the available offensive weapons will be reduced to the very bottom of the depth chart. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba