1 – Rob Gronkowski
No-brainer here. Rob Gronkowski is a rare talent that we don’t get to see come along very often. Add in the fact that Tom Brady, one of the, if not THE, greatest quarterbacks of all-time is throwing him the ball and he becomes even scarier.
Four Pro Bowls, four First-team All-Pros, Super Bowl Champion, Touchdown receptions leader in 2011, and NFL Comeback Player of the Year in 2014. That is quite a resume in only six seasons, two of which were marred by injuries.
In 80 games Gronk has compiled 5,555 yards on 380 catches and tallied an insane 65 touchdowns. Those, to most people, would be considered video game numbers.
It is no secret to anyone that Brady is more often than not looking to go Gronk’s way, but that doesn’t help defenses to slow him down the least bit. It is impossible to focus on Gronkowski because Brady will still carve you up with whoever is running routes for him.
Gronk will drag defenders into the end zone, out jump them, and pull in anything that comes close to him. The man is damn-near unstoppable and will not stop anytime soon.
The Patriots will undoubtedly go into the 2015-16 season as Super Bowl contenders yet again, and as long as Gronk can stay healthy he will be a pertinent factor in the team reaching that goal yet again.
Prediction: 85 Receptions – 1,200 Yards – 15 Touchdowns