Bucs TE Rob Gronkowski press conference at 2020 training camp.

Rob Gronkowski on Joining Buccaneers, Tom Brady, Bruce Arians

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About This Sports Courier NFL Video: Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski aka GRONK chats with media at training camp about playing for the Bucs with Tom Brady, working with head coach Bruce Arians, his time with the New England Patriots, how his body feels after a short-lived retirement, his camaraderie with OJ Howard and Cameron Brate, as well as the big 2020 NFL season expectations for Tompa Bay! Footage courtesy of and provided by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers organization.

Rob Gronkowski Press Conference Time Stamps:

  • 00:00 Rob Gronkowski on NFL comeback with Bucs
  • 00:57 Gronk on his health
  • 01:42 Rob Gronkowski on OJ Howard, Cameron Brate
  • 02:40 Gronk on taking year off
  • 03:52 Rob Gronkowski on Tom Brady embracing new challenge
  • 05:14 Gronk on what makes Tom Brady unique
  • 06:21 Rob Gronkowski on Tom Brady’s approach to 2020 NFL season
  • 07:07 Gronk on load management
  • 08:25 Gronk on Tampa Bay, FL weather
  • 10:04 Rob Gronkowski on Bruce Arians’ coaching staff
  • 10:47 Gronk on Tom Brady’s arm strength, reconnecting

Quotes courtesy of Bucs:

(On if the Florida heat and humidity has made him question his return to football and how he’s felt after the first couple of practices)

“Definitely no regrets. I’m here, I’m supposed to be here – I feel like I’m supposed to be here. That’s definitely in the past and I’m here to play football now. I’m glad to be here. Going out there and just playing ball – it feels good. Let me tell you, the first couple practices, it definitely felt weird. The game was really fast when I first got out there again. The defense felt really fast. As time goes on and as the days go on, I feel better about myself being out there. My confidence keeps going up, the game is slowing down, I’m starting to pick up the offense more. But overall, it’s going good. I have so much more to work on and so much more to improve on, but I am really glad to be here.”

(On if QB Tom Brady looks refreshed)

“The way Tom works is never going to change – he just loves the game of football. But I can definitely say he has embraced this new challenge and for myself, it’s definitely a challenge too. To go out there, to learn a whole new system, a whole new organization, a whole new team is definitely a challenge and you have to embrace it. I can’t speak for Tom, but I can say, from my eyes just looking at him, he looks refreshed. He looks ready to go, he looks ready to play every single day and he’s motivated every day. It’s nice to see. The way he goes out there and works, it gets everyone better all around – from the offensive linemen, to the wide receivers, to the running backs, to the tight ends, to the defense – it doesn’t matter what position. It just elevates everyone’s game when he’s out there participating. The love for this game is never going to change and it hasn’t changed one bit. He brings it every time no matter where he’s at.”

(On the advice he has for the pass catchers on playing with Brady)

“I would say there’s one thing that I would give a pointer to, and that’s to never give up. Never give up on your route and always be ready even if you’re covered. If everyone’s covered, Tom’s going to find an area to throw the ball to where you can go up and make the play and not have the defender make a play. So, always be ready for the ball in any place where you can make a catch. Never give up is basically what I’d say. What I do actually tell the receivers is to always be ready and keep going hard because you never know where the ball is going to be because Tom can place it like no other.”

(On the difference in training camp while in Tampa Bay’s climate as opposed to New England’s)

“I would say it’s different because of the humidity. The humidity is definitely a game-changer and if you’re not used to the humidity, it can definitely take an effect on your performance [and] your hydration. When you’re dehydrated, when you’re overheated, you may not be able to produce how you want to produce. I would definitely say that I’m adapting. I’m adjusting, I’m out there – not to the full potential of where I want to be – but definitely adapting to the humidity is a challenge. You’re sweating, your gloves are sweating. Your shoes halfway through the practice – it’s like you jumped in a pool. It’s all squishy – every time you take a step it’s squishing so it’s kind of harder to make a cut when your shoes are just full of water. Your pants, your shirt – you’re just drenched in water. That’s a challenge. It makes practice harder, but I knew that was going to be the case. I remember a few times during the humidity days practicing up north or coming down here – because we practiced vs. Tampa before in my career – and just feeling the humidity. That’s what happens. I knew that was going to be a challenge and I’ve accepted that challenge. You just laugh about it when you’re out there on the field. You laugh that your shoes are squishing and that you’re breathing extra hard. But, it’s a great challenge because it’s going to make you better in the long run big time.”

(On Brady’s arm strength and if it feels like their QB-TE connection is back again)

“His arm looks like [when] I first got into the league. I think he was 32 or 33 years old and his arm may actually be stronger than when he was 33 when I first got to the league, which is incredible. I would say myself going out there, I was a little rusty getting used to the game of football. I still have a lot of ways to go, I have a lot of improvements to still make from my conditioning, to knowing the playbook, to just getting a feel of the football game. The first couple of practices were a little weird. It was fast, but now it’s starting to get to the point where we left off about 18 months ago and that’s a good feeling. It’s a good feeling when we connect with a pass and all that good stuff. That’s the feeling it’s starting to be and that’s the feeling we’re trying to get to every single day.”

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