Last but not least, we come to a bit of buzz I saw in person at a Rob Gronkowski youth football camp outside of Boston early in June. Gronk is bouncing around and looking far healthier this June than he was at the same time last year.
Then, in OTAs, The Boston Globe's Ben Volin witnessed the same surprising spryness out of the oft-injured tight end, reporting: "He was actually bursting, planting, and cutting during the early portions of Thursday's practice open to the media, and doesn't look like he's having any limitations."
I attended the Gronk youth clinic held by Pro Camps in 2013 and 2014—as a media member, not a little sparky. The difference between what Gronk was able to do with the kids in successive years was worlds apart. Last year, he was in a sling after another arm surgery and struggling to get in and out of his chair for pictures due to recovery from back surgery.
This June 1, he was jogging around the field freely, playing quarterback in touch football games and even jumping high into the air to do a "Gordy Bump" with his oldest brother, Gordon Gronkowski.
"That was like the weakest jump I have ever done," Gronk told me afterward. "You call that nervous. That's not even close to being dangerous in my book."
Gronk has confidence in his recovery from major knee reconstruction. The kids do too. They didn't bother to ask him when he will be back on the field.
"No, none of them asked," Gronk said. "I remember last year, though, they all asked, 'When you going to be out (there).' I am not lying. Not one kid this year has asked, 'Are you going to be back.' ... Which is cool I don't gotta answer that to the kids."
It won't stop us from asking, but that doesn't mean we wouldn't buy his chances to play Week 1, Sept. 7, at the Miami Dolphins.
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