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Tom Brady has high praise for Rob Gronkowski on K&C: 'When he’s been out there, he’s the best tight end in football'

Ryan Hannable
December 26, 2017 - 12:08 pm

For the first time in a few years, Rob Gronkowski appears as close to full strength as he can be towards the end of the season. Perhaps, it is connected to this being the first year Gronkowski has worked with Tom Brady's personal trainer, Alex Guerrero.

Tuesday morning on Kirk & Callahan with John Dennis and Mike Mutnansky filling in, Brady was asked if Gronkowski's catch radius has improved this season and within the answer the quarterback offered very high praise for his tight end.

“He’s always been a great player, there’s no doubt about it," Brady said. "Since he’s got here he has done an incredible job with our team. When he’s been out there, he’s the best tight end in football. It’s not even close.

"We missed him a lot last year, and he could probably speak more to what his routine is this year. Him being out there is so important to our offense because he makes so many dynamic plays, makes so many incredible catches and runs. Last week in the Pittsburgh game and in Buffalo, every week it is just highlight-reel catches. He’s such a big guy. He’s fast. He’s got incredible matchup capabilities — size, speed, catch radius. He is just tough to defend.”

In 13 games played this season, Gronkowski has 69 catches for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns.

With one regular-season game left, he's earned $8.75 million of his three-tier contract structure this season, but he can still reach the top tier of $10.75 million. He needs 11 catches or 116 yards against the Jets, or be named to the first-team All-Pro team to earn the maximum of $10.75 million.

There is no doubt this is one of Gronkowski's best seasons in a long time and besides Brady, he's currently the most valuable player to the Patriots offense.

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