FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski rolled through a seven-minute interview after Thursday's opening practice of training camp, which included this gem of a response when asked if Jimmy Garoppolo scrambles better than Tom Brady:
"No one makes better scrambled eggs than me.”
From the spirit of let's-have-some-fun, we have to commend Gronkowski for abruptly shifting the topic to breakfast, which is sometimes referred to as the most important meal of the day.
As for issues that have a greater impact on the Patriots' season, Gronkowski shared what he views to be some of Garoppolo's unique traits.
"Just his power of the ball, his accuracy, the way he moves the pocket; I like how he can scramble out and keep it going if everything’s not going right," Gronkowski said. "He’s just a competitor, a hard worker, which is always great, which always goes good with the team when you have someone that wants it and goes out there and competes."
A few more sound bites from Gronkowski:
Back to practice: "When you get off five or six months and you’re not competing as an athlete, you want to get back out on the field. You want to be competing, and it felt great to go back out there, be with the team, get the chemistry going -- which I felt like it was rolling a little bit today. It felt really good. Back to football. I love it."
Brady's approach: "Whatever circumstance you put Tom in, he’s never going to change because he comes out to practice no matter what -- if he’s suspended, if he’s not suspended, if he’s playing, if he’s not playing. No matter what the circumstances are, I’ve never seen Tom Brady come out and not give it all in practice. There’s never any change in him. Whenever he’s out on the field, he’s giving it all and he’s just such a competitor."
On whether Brady's suspension was fair: "Come on. Is that a question?"
His conditioning: "I felt good out there today [but] it’s always tough to get back into football shape. I’m not going to lie and say I’m in top-notch shape, no chance. I don’t feel like anybody can be in top-notch football shape when you first get out there, and that’s what training camp is for, and that’s why it’s a long process."