Key Super Bowl matchup: Rob Gronkowski vs. Malcolm Jenkins

Feb 04, 2018, 01:14
Key Super Bowl matchup: Rob Gronkowski vs. Malcolm Jenkins

On a positive note, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said Gronkowski has ditched his red no-contact jersey. "I think they did a great job preparing me to get back out on the field".

Gronkowski added, probably ill-advisedly, that "we knew the whole time I was going to be good to go". However, while the National Football League fined Church for the hit, Gronkowski didn't think the hit was dirty. There is now 100% certainty that Gronkowski has been cleared to play Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. I'm going the other way.

Immediately after the Patriots' 24-20 victory over the Jaguars in the AFC title game, Church denied he had intentionally tried to injure Gronkowski. "I'll be full go, ready to roll".

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Of course, the Eagles have assumed all along that Gronkowski would be able to play in the Super Bowl. On pen-and-paper, you can match up good, they can match up well, and it doesn't matter. When asked if he will be playing this Sunday, he has only one answer, "Yes". It caused problems. They set the edges really well and you have to create lanes in the passing game. Veteran safety Malcolm Jenkins is likely to be matched up against Gronkowski on most plays.

"He's a solid, solid player in every area of his game", Gronkowski said. "There were no problems [when he took hits]".

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And, yeah, he certainly knows how to have a good time when his attention isn't on football.

Wilfork won Super Bowl XXXIX and Super Bowl XLIX with the Patriots.

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