Whenever a team takes on the New England Patriots, limiting Rob Gronkowski’s production is a big priority. He’s one of the most physically dominant players in the league and can win in a variety of ways.
One way the Denver Broncos plan to stop Gronkowski and take him down in the open field is to tackle him low. Actually, cornerback Chris Harris said "you have to hit him in his knees," which didn’t sit well with Gronkowski — and understandably so.
Gronk trolled the Broncos with a tweet that said "heard their whole team is good at giving low blows," which certainly generated a laugh or two. With the game just days away, though, Gronkowski is taking things a bit more seriously. He’s ready to take the field and dominate the Broncos.
“I just like to go full speed at all times. Whatever it is, it is. Everyone wants to see collisions. I’m ready to give some,” Gronkowski said.
“But at the same time, just watch out, get your pads down. It’s football, so you have to be ready for contact at all times.”
Gronkowski doesn’t think the Broncos are wrong for wanting to hit him low. After all, he is 6-foot-6, 265 pounds and one of the tougher guys to get on the ground. Hopefully for Gronk, it won’t end in another knee injury like last time these two teams squared off.
“They’re not doing anything illegal out there,” he said. “You have to be aware of it. Maybe I have to step up my game a little bit — maybe throw a juke. I don’t know how many jukes I got. But just have to be aware for it. It’s football. It’s just part of the game.”
There’s been no shortage of hype leading up to this game. Both sides have exchanged their own forms of trash talk, but the game will be won on the field Sunday — not in the headlines this week.