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Rob Gronkowski Media Availability Transcript 1/7
Q: How has this week of practice gone so far?
RG: It's been good. [We're] just together, just going over stuff again, old stuff, new stuff, and just being here recovering, resting the body, working out, just going good.
Q: How excited is everybody to be able to just work on themselves this week and make the team better?
RG: You've got to take advantage of this opportunity, a bye week. You definitely want to take advantage of what you can, getting your body right, working out, getting stronger, stay in condition wise, just the excitement being here together with the team and getting right.
Q: How different is the work week when you don't have an opponent to prepare for?
RG: It's a time where you start reflecting and take advantage of that opportunity which is just we're all focusing on yourself as a player to get better. Just overall your strength wise, if you got bumps and bruises, you know this game – its physical every game, so take care of the bumps and bruises and just take advantage of this week and also watch the teams play this week.
Q: Is it less stressful when you don't have to worry about game planning and can just work on yourself?
RG: I would say with any work wise, you've got a little time off to yourself and work on yourself it's a little less stress, but it's always fun preparing and I can't wait to start.
Q: Do you take this extra time to dive deeper into your own playbook?
RG: It's always a good time to do that. You always want to be on top of the playbook. You always want to be refreshed with the plays, make sure you're on the same page with everyone else. This is a time to reflect that, make sure you're getting every mental rep you can, and I'm preparing mentally and physically to be ready.
Q: What kind of a coach is Josh McDaniels to work with?
RG: He's a great coach to work with. He knows his football inside and out, whatever question you have, whatever answer you need about how to get open, what type of coverage it is – he's always on top of his game and he can just spit it right back out right at you and let you know.
Q: How cool is it to be able to sit back and be a fan this weekend as the games are going on?
RG: I've always been a fan of football, always watched the NFL and it's great to always sit back wherever I can this year. You sit back and enjoy the games, pop a little sports drink – not any pop or soda – lay back, watch the games. It's always cool to see how the games go down and just enjoy them.
Q: Do you root for hard-hitting games with the hope that the teams will take a little bit extra out of each other before playing the Patriots?
RG: I never really thought about it like that. I just always enjoy watching the game of football overall.
Q: How much of a difference can Julian Edelman make for this offense?
RG: [Julian] Edelman's a great player, a great guy, and I'm so excited to have him back. He brings so much to this offense. He's just a hard worker. He brings a lot of great attitude with the team and just his work ethic is second to none.
Q: Can it be as simple a fix as having the injured guys return to the lineup?
RG: It's always great to get guys back. We've just got to go out there to practice, work together as an offense, and everyone get on the same page.
Q: Are you going to play the Powerball?
RG: I've never played it. If you give me a ticket I'll play. Read