Rob Gronkowski hasn’t been a usual target in the red zone like years past, but the Patriots tight end isn’t concerned about his role as long as the team is still scoring and winning games.
The 29-year-old tight end hasn’t caught a touchdown pass since Week 1 against the Texans. The five-game drought marks the longest scoreless streak the four-time All-Pro has had in a single season, NFL.com notes.
What’s more is Gronkowski has only received one target inside the opponent’s 20-yard line, according to the Boston Herald.
“It is what it is,” he told reporters Wednesday, via the team’s website. “First off, I’ve got to get open. I’ve got to get out there and run better routes, and then I’ll start seeing more targets. But whatever play is called, we’re scoring points, we’re scoring down there.
“We’ve got many good players on the offensive side of the ball and we’re just trying to win games. I would say that there’s many players on our team, even if they didn’t get a pass in the game and we won, they’d be totally satisfied.”
Gronkowski, though, is confident he’ll be able to find more targets if he keeps working hard and finds more ways to get open.
“Whatever I have to do to help out the team, even if the ball’s not going my way, I’ve just got to do it and just keep grinding,” Gronkowski said. “If I keep playing ball, keep doing what I need to do, keep playing better, I might start receiving the targets. That’s what it comes down to, so just got to get better and get open.
The Patriots are 4-2 on the season and face the 3-2 Bears on Sunday, with kickoff slated for 1 p.m. ET.