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.

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8 months ago

People think they knew what hot was until they spend their first summer here.

8 months ago

Gronk is in bad shape and is injury prone. We should limit his snaps throughout the season, especially the first few weeks.

Reply to  nybuccguy
8 months ago

Really….I’d love to hear you tell Gronk that face to face.

8 months ago

He’ll be alright. I’m born and raised in Florida, played sports my whole life, ran across Country and Track in Highschool and played Baseball, yet my first day outdoors in Fire School in full Bunker gear all day long in the sun loading and unloading hose kicked my ass and caused me to be in a haze and could barely stand. Every day after that was nothin. He’s a gamer and knows how to condition and will adapt in no time.

Reply to  Spitfire
8 months ago

You playing sports there your entire life means you didn’t ever have to adjust to the Florida heat, spitfire. You are right though he will be alright once he gets acclimated to playing in Florida as opposed to where he was.

8 months ago

I’ve always thought Gronk was a bad acquisition He has not completed a full season since 2011. Its part of his MO. Flash, catch a few passes..clown and go down. I hope Arians stays on his A**. 10 mil to play a half season is a lot of money when this franchise has paid less for better players and dumped even better ones.

Reply to  twspin
8 months ago

Gronk is here to keep Brady comfortable as well as for his skill.

8 months ago

Welcome to Florida heat and humidity Gronk .