The Bucs’ new tight end Rob Gronkowski has done nothing but impress since arriving in Tampa Bay, with coaches noting how quickly he’s picked up the offense and teammates gushing about what it’s been like to learn and practice alongside the veteran.
But even Gronkowski can improve somewhere, and according to head coach Bruce Arians, getting into “Florida shape” is still a work-in-progress.
“He’s probably in New England shape right now, but he’s not in Florida shape,” Arians said, chuckling. “The humidity and heat’s kicking his ass pretty good and it’s different, man. When you train in New England and then come down here, it’s really different. We laughed about it out there today and I don’t think he’s ever sweat that much in his life. It takes a little time to get into Florida shape, but as far as playing in a game, he’s more than ready right now.”
Gronkowski’s balanced skill set as both an excellent receiver and a blocker could earn him the majority of snaps right away over O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate, especially if the Bucs aren’t concerned with his health and conditioning. That being said, the team has plenty of options at the position, and all of them should play quite a bit in 2020.
Jon Ledyard is PewterReport.com's newest Bucs beat writer and has experience covering the Pittsburgh Steelers as a beat writer and analyzing the NFL Draft for several draft websites, including The Draft Network. Follow Ledyard on Twitter at @LedyardNFLDraft