Detroit Lions: Rookie Tight End Looks to Make The Team

Jason GruchalaContributor IAugust 4, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 21:  Tight end Dan Gronkowski of Maryland catches the football in passing drills during the NFL Scouting Combine presented by Under Armour at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 21, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

Drafted in the seventh-round out of Maryland in April, Dan Gronkowski is probably just hoping to make a name for himself during the pre-season. With the injuries to both rookie Brandon Pettigrew (thigh) and veteran Casey FitzSimmons (knee,ankle), Gronkowski is getting a chance to show the coaching staff his talents early in camp."He made a couple of nice catches, but he didn't get his feet down on a couple. He's got to get used to getting them both inbounds in the NFL" said head coach Jim Schwartz to the Detroit News.

At 6'6 and 255 lbs, Gronkowski has the size to play tight end in the NFL. In his senior year at Maryland he started strong but dropped a few passes late in the season. To make the team Gronkowski must block well and be a tackling machine on special teams. The other tight ends that are trying to become the Lions third tight end are veterans Will Heller, Sean Conover and second-year tight end Jake Nordin