One of the great things about the final cut down to the 53-man roster is that there will inevitably be some good players available. Most teams are cutting down to 53 from 80 meaning there are 27 players getting released. Chances are that there are at least one or two players that are not cut because of their ability or lack thereof. Sometimes it is just a numbers game.
That is the case with the latest acquisition of the Indianapolis Colts, Chris Gronkowski. Gronkowski was an undrafted free agent rookie last season with the Dallas Cowboys, and was one of their final cuts on Saturday.
At least one of you is probably thinking, "Wait a minute. Travis called him the Cowboy Killer, and he played for the Cowboys. That doesn't make sense."
When you consider the one play that the former Arizona Wildcat is known for it makes perfect sense. It was Gronkowski that missed the block during a game with the Giants that saw Tony Romo get leveled, his clavicle broken, and the hopes of the Cowboys in 2010 go down the drain.
And we got THAT guy?
Hold on folks! Gronkowski is a good player. He will be able to keep the Colts from having to keep a tight end in to block, and whether the QB is Peyton, Collins, or Painter, the team needs to have as many guys out in the pattern as possible while still giving the QB the best protection possible.
But this guy is known for missing a block?
That's true. In his defense, he was a rookie playing under a coach that likely did not have him prepared to play in an NFL game (Wade Phillips). Gronkowski made a rookie mistake; a costly rookie mistake, but still just a rookie mistake. Do you think that he is going to make that kind if mistake again? I don't.
Neck injuries are no joke. When Peyton returns, he will be one hit away from hanging it up for good. I would rather Dallas Clark be out catching passes from Peyton while Gronkowski stays back in to block than for Peyton to be minus a target.