New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski stopped short Tuesday of making any declarative statements about the health of his injured hamstring or his availability for Thursday night’s home game against the Houston Texans, saying only that he felt “decent.”
“We’ll see,” he said. “It will definitely be a coach’s decision, a trainer’s decision. We’ll all come together.
“I’m just doing everything I can right now to be as healthy as I can be. I’m improving every single day. Basically, day by day right now. бн Obviously, you just don’t wake up and you’re 100 percent, but I’m satisfied with the improvements.”
Gronkowski was a limited participant in Tuesday’s practice, showing up in full pads for the walkthrough session. He explained that he wore the full pads to get a feel for them, and that it’s also part of his recovery and training regimen.
“You just want to get a feel for your shoulder pads when you haven’t been in them,” he said.
Yes, he is. It’ll be interesting to see the Redskins’ approach Sunday. The fourth quarter switch came as a surprise, given defensive coordinator Joe Barry’s response last week explaining his reluctance to not only adopt this strategy but also to make such a change in-game. Both corners said they did not practice this during the week.
In the process, McCarthy has created a homogeneous offense that leaves little to the imagination. In two games, he’s used a three-receiver set on 95 of 123 offensive snaps, according to ESPN Stats & Information. That’s 77.2 percent of their plays with three receivers on the field. Of those 95 snaps, all but 11 featured that same trio of receivers.
What’s more, 86 of those 123 snaps featured the exact same personnel group: three receivers, one tight end and one running back. That’s 69.9 percent of their offense with the same look that most teams call their “11” package.
The Packers’ offensive struggles have surprisingly carried over from last season even though Nelson, a Pro Bowl receiver in 2014 before he blew out his knee last year and missed all of 2015, and free-agent tight end Jared Cook were expected to change the dynamic.
Instead, two games into the season the same questions that dogged McCarthy last season remain on the table for the asking.