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Rob Gronkowski explains how this bye week was different than in past

Ryan Hannable
November 09, 2017 - 4:43 pm

FOXBORO -- This is Rob Gronkowski's eighth season in the NFL, so he's eight years older than when he first entered the league. Since he's now 28, he has to treat the bye week differently than he did in the past.

“Yeah, for sure," he said. "As you get older you feel the need to definitely change up some of your routines. You want to do what is best for you so you’re ready for the upcoming week. Definitely, I would say you do different things. I’d say I had way more body time than back in my early days of playing.”

Gronkowski's comments following the Chargers game prior to the bye were telling.

"I’ve just got to go out there and just be on top of my game the whole time," he said at the time. "Some plays here and there I do good and others I feel like I just don’t have it for that one. I’ve just to play all four quarters, every play, to the max."

Perhaps, he was hinting he was tired on some plays. 

“We just had a bye week, so I am feeling good," Gronkowski said Thursday. "Practice has been going well, just as a group too. Just excited for this game versus Denver. Right after a game, you kind of know what you feel at the moment, that feeling, that emotion at that moment. I’ll just say that. Having a good week, everything is going good. I can’t wait for the game Sunday night.”

His answer was telling that maybe he was a little bit too honest with his words following the game, but with the reported addition of Martellus Bennett, he may not have to worry about this moving forward as Bennett is capable of giving him a few plays off here and there.

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