Brady and Gronk on Their Unstoppable Chemistry: 'I Know His Body Language,' 'It's Never Letting Up'
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Sunday's touchdown in the opening minutes of the Patriots season marked the 76th touchdown connection between Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski -- and there's a lot more to come for the dynamic duo!
After the 27-20 win over the Houston Texans, Gronk Nation sat in on the post-game press conference as the QB and his top tight end dished on what makes their chemistry so unstoppable that even breaks through double coverage.
"We’ve been playing together for a long time. I remember a couple years ago, we threw like in April one year, and I mean we threw like 40 passes. We hit them all," Brady told reporters at Gillette. "So, I know his body language. I know his ability to run and what routes. He can do it. He can do really all the routes. It’s just a matter of giving him a chance, and it came with a big touchdown today.
"But, all the guys - the backs played well, receivers, guys who were in there did a good job. So, it’s one win. We’ve got to do a lot better. We’re going to try to this week," he pledged, as the team prepares to meet the Jacksoville Jagaurs defence led by Calais Campbell this coming Sunday.
Rather than patting himself on the back for catapulting the Pats to their first win of the season, Rob credited his chemistry with Tom to "a lot of practice, no doubt. A lot of practice. It's never letting up, it's a lot of consistency out there on the practice field. Doing it every week, doing it in the offseason, doing it in it camp, doing it whenever. You can't just get on a page like that just from the get-go.
"You've got to put work in, you've got to put time in and that's what we do," he explained.
As for that miraculous catch in double coverage for a 28-yard gain with just over a minute left in the second half, here's how it played out from Gronk's point of view:
"When I was running up the seam, I had two guys on me and when I saw the ball in the air I literally thought first thing, ‘What is Tom [Brady] thinking?’ When that ball was in the air I had a guy grabbing me and I was just like, ‘I've just got to go for it.’ I can't let them make a play on it, so just went up for it, made the catch. I did make the catch. I don't know how. When I went to the ground I had it stable in my hand, so it was definitely a catch, but Tom went up to the line really quick just to make sure. We got the play off, which was nice."
The Brady-Gronk combo earned high praise from Bill Belichick too, which we all know doesn't come easily. "That's two great players. Both have a lot of skill, both very good at what they do," the head coach said after the win over the Texans.
"They don't need a lot to complete passes. We see that every day in training camp and in practice. They're both really good. Rob's hard to cover and Tom can put the ball where only Rob can get it and Rob can get a lot of those. I'm glad we have them. They're both great players."
Running back Rex Burkhead, who had a heavy load himself with Sony Michel out, put it bluntly by saying Gronk is "a machine. He is a big target and can make big plays like that for us."
That "machine" finished Game 1 with with 123 yards, one TD and a very big grin on his face.
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