Posted: 5:24 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013
By Dan Ciarrocchi
This is the same level of participation that Gronkowski practiced at on Wednesday, and while nursing forearm and back injuries, he has seen the practice field at a limited basis for weeks prior to then. The difference is that optimistic reports of the all-pro tight end making his 2013 debut have floated around this week, suggesting that despite the limitations, Gronkowski will be ready to go.
Fantasy Spin: If that is in fact the case, Gronkowski is a must-start this week even in a stingy matchup versus the Falcons. Despite the Patriots lack of receiving weapons, the Patriots are at an advantageous position at 3-0 and could afford to rest Gronkowski in a non-conference game if he isn't close to 100 percent. Therefore, if the Patriots do trot him out to the field, it would not likely be at a limited basis.
The Falcons limited Jared Cook and Jimmy Graham to a combined 55 yards, but despite their ability to cover tight ends, a healthy Gronkowski is more than capable of prevailing.