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Friday, December 9, 2011
Closer look at Gronk's production

By Mike Reiss

Jeremy Lundblad of ESPN's Stats & Information department writes on tight end Rob Gronkowski in a piece now posted on ESPNBoston.com (link here). Lundblad puts Gronkowski's impressive production over the last two seasons in perpective.

A few of the statistical nuggets from Lundblad's piece:

1. Perhaps most stunning of all is what happens in the end zone. Brady has targeted Gronkowski 18 times in the end zone during his career. Of those 18, 16 have been completed for touchdowns. For comparison, Brandon Marshall has been targeted 29 times in the end zone since 2010. He has caught three of them.

2. If you look at only passes targeted to Gronkowski, Tom Brady has a 139.1 NFL passer rating since the start of 2010. Only the Aaron Rodgers-Jordy Nelson combo (143.4) has a higher rating in that span.

3. Gronkowski is already just the second tight end in NFL history with back-to-back seasons of 10 touchdowns, joining Antonio Gates. Gronkowski's 23 touchdown receptions match Gates' record for a tight end in the span of two seasons.

4. Since the merger, Gronkowski's 23 receiving touchdowns are currently tied for the second-most through two seasons. Only Randy Moss had more, with 28. Gronkowski is also two away from tying "Bullet" Bob Hayes' total of 25 in his first two seasons in the AFL.