Second year tight end for the New England Patriots, Rob Gronkowski has exploded this season, becoming one of, if not the best receiver in the NFL this season. Last season he had a phenomenal rookie season for the Pats with over 500 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns, making him Tom Brady’s second favorite target behind wide receiver Wes Welker. This season, Gronkowski has definitely taken the role as the primary target for Brady, especially in the end zone. In today’s game against the Washington Redskins, Gronkowski scored his 14th and 15th touchdowns on the season giving him the NFL record for most touchdown receptions in a single season by a tight end. The most receiving yards in a single season for a tight end is currently held by Kellen Winslow Sr. with 1,290. Gronkowski is extremely close to breaking that with three games left in the season. After week 14, Gronkowski has 71 receptions for 1,088 yards. He is very likely to break the receiving yards record, only needing 202 yards in three games left. The single season receptions record probably won’t be broken this year, but it is still amazing that he has 71 receptions considering all of the weapons on the Patriots offense.
It seems that with a season like this, especially for a tight end, that Gronk could seriously make a case for the MVP award in the AFC this season. Aaron Rodgers has all but locked up the MVP award in the NFC, but things are still wide open in the other conference. It would be remarkable for a tight end to win this award and I would love a few more touchdowns and a lot of yards in the last three weeks out of Gronkowski since he is on my fantasy team.