The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are pleased to have Tom Brady back for at least one more season, but this time around they won’t have his right-hand man as Rob Gronkowski announced his second retirement earlier in the offseason.
Brady was asked about Gronk’s retirement amongst other topics after Monday’s training camp practice, but he didn’t have much to say about Gronkowski’. Via The Athletic’s Greg Auman “Everyone here loves Rob.”
Video: “Everyone here loves Rob,” Tom Brady says when asked about Rob Gronkowski’s retirement. pic.twitter.com/xmZd6NUneH
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) August 1, 2022
This felt more like Brady not wanting to talk about Gronkowski’s retirement. The 33-year-old tight end and Brady’s best friend retired for the second time this offseason. Gronkowski has been very active since retirement, doing multiple media gigs and seemingly at every major event. Of course there’s always a chance of a Gronkowski return, but I wouldn’t count on it.
The Buccaneers seem to have already moved forward with the drafting of Cade Otton and Ko Kieft as well as the signing of Kyle Rudolph. Gronk’s time in Tampa was memorable, but it’s over… until it’s not.
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The Buccaneers recently lost arguably one of the most important players on this team, Ryan Jensen. Jensen went down with a knee injury early in training camp, and is expected to miss “significant time”.
The question then became, “who will play center?” The answer, at least for now appears to be second year offensive lineman Robert Hainsey. Brady spoke with the media about this as well. Via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times,
#Bucs QB Tom Brady said everyone is “heartbroken” about losing C Ryan Jensen. Says a lot of people have confidence in C Robert Hainsey but it’s not what you did last year or in practice. “It’s to be determined for all of us.” pic.twitter.com/sBXQtdFKk9
— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) August 1, 2022
Per Stroud, “Brady said everyone is “heartbroken” about losing C Ryan Jensen. Says a lot of people have confidence in Robert Hainsey but it’s not what you did last year or in practice. “It’s to be determined for all of us.” Brady went on, “he’s got to go earn it.
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