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Rob Gronkowski Press Conference Transcript 10/5

Patriots Tight End Rob Gronkowski addresses the media during his press conference at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday, October 5, 2016.

Q: How exciting is it for you to have Tom Brady back this week?

RG: It's always exciting. He's the leader of our offense. He's a great player, and it's exciting to get TB [Tom Brady] back, man.

Q: Does the level of competition rise when you get a player of Tom Brady's caliber back?

RG: The competition level, no matter what, whoever's out there, is always high.  This whole team is full of competitiveness. We've got players like Julian [Edelman], Marty [Martellus Bennett], all the offensive linemen; everyone out there is competing all the time. Tom [Brady] is another great example of a great leader that goes out there and competes every single day, so it's always great to have another player come in like Tom, coming back and bringing the competition level up to another level, too.   

Q: Has Tom Brady thrown with you yet?

RG: We'll be throwing at practice today. 

Q: What was Tom Brady's demeanor like when he came back?

RG: Everything is the same every single week. Everyone is always preparing the same. No matter who it is at quarterback, you've always got to prepare the same. I've got to prepare myself every single week. The demeanor has been the same throughout the building. We've got to prepare every single week to the max, so it's just like any other week, except Tom's back at quarterback baby. 

Q: What's it going to take to get the timing back down with Tom Brady despite the fact that he returned physically and mentally in good shape?

RG: First off, we've got to focus on the Browns, obviously. They've got a great team; a lot of hard-working players out there on their defense, a lot of young guys that work hard that keep going after the ball, so that's what we've really got to focus on. As a team this week, we've just got to go out there and focus on what we've got to do as an offense. We've been practicing with Tom [Brady] for a while now, so we've just got to go out there and do what we've done since the first day I've been here.   

Q: Is this a week where you might spend an extra 20 minutes with Tom Brady after practice, or do you expect it to be a normal week with him?

RG: I feel like it's just going to be like a normal week, any other week. We've just got to go out there and work hard. I don't see why things are going to change just like that. We had all camp and we've just got to focus on the Browns, prepare for the Browns, and do what we've got to do as an offense. 

Q: Is there anything on offense you'll change this week to improve upon the performance against the Bills last Sunday?

RG: Games like that, you've always got to look at them and you learn from them. Now you've got to turn the page and we've got to focus on the Browns; get better as an offense, as a whole, correct our mistakes and what we did wrong. We move forward now. 

Q: What did you learn about yourselves from the Buffalo game that needed to be corrected immediately?

RG: There were just a lot of mistakes throughout the whole game. Now this week, we've got to put that one in the past now. As an offense, as a whole, we've got to go out to practice and get the chemistry flowing, all get on the same page and just figure out the Browns more, study them up, and get ready for the game.   

Q: How do you feel about where you are right now physically?

RG: I'm feeling good. Every single week I've been improving a lot, so I'm feeling good now.  

Q: How much is your hamstring holding you back?

RG: Obviously, it's holding me back. I missed the first two games, didn't play that much the third one, and played more the fourth one, so I've been progressing every single week, every single day, and hopefully this week now it's go time.  

Q: Have you been doing more blocking to be conservative with the hamstring, or is that just more part of the game plan?

RG: It's the tight end position, it's part of the job - blocking, being able to go up for passes, being able to block. Whatever Coach [Bill Belichick] is having me do, I'm going to be doing, so I can change this week. If they want me to go out on more routes, I'm down to go out on more routes, whatever. Just progressing my hamstring, get everything going like that, progressing every single week. We'll just take it one day at a time this week at practice and we'll see how I feel come Sunday. 

Q: Do you not feel as explosive as you used to with this injury?

RG: Not at first. When you get injured, you kind of start back from day zero. I've just got to work every single week, and I've been progressing every single week, getting better. Today is another day to get better and we'll see when I go out there.

Q: Are you over-cautious right now because of your hamstring and maybe scared to let it all out?

RG: You've got to look at it from many different angles. Coming back, you just can't go full-speed, 100 percent. I mean, I wish I could. I wish it was like that, just boom, I'm healthy. Boom, go out there and run full speed. But I've just got to take it slowly, make sure I'm coming back strong, coming back the right way so everything on your body feels good. When I can get rolling, I'm gonna be rolling. 

Q: A lot of fantasy owners have put a lot of stock in your abilities this season but your injury has certainly changed your results.

RG: Man, I know. I can't even go to the grocery store without getting yelled at. But I'm like, 'Why did you draft me then, baby?'

Q: Will you get payback on that at some point?

RG: Hopefully. 

Q: What do you have to say to your fantasy owners right now?

RG: What do I have to say? Oh man. I mean, it's real football. That's what I'm really only worried about is going out there and getting the W. If we get the W and I have no catches, I'm satisfied, man, no matter what. 

Q: Are you concerned about your hamstring?

RG: Nope. 

Q: Why?

RG: Because I'm feeling better every day. 

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