Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Gronk, Wilfork land on PFT list
By Field Yates
With some assistance from media members around the country, ProFootballTalk.com is unveiling its Top 100 players in the NFL for 2013. The list has been released in 25 player installments, with players 50-26 counted down on Monday.
Two more Patriots appeared on the list, with nose tackle Vince Wilfork checking in at 45 and tight end Rob Gronkowski at 26. These two join linebacker Jerod Mayo (65) and guard Logan Mankins (68) among the Patriots on the list.
Gronkowski, of course, has dealt with forearm and back-related issues this offseason and is currently rehabbing from a June procedure.
Despite playing in just 11 games during the 2012 regular season, he finished with 11 receiving touchdowns, tops among all NFL tight ends.
Wilfork, meanwhile, had perhaps his best season as a pro last year, earning First Team All-Pro honors as a result of it (the first time has done so in his career). The 31-year old anchored the middle of the Patriots defense with 48 tackles and two forced fumbles.
The two also appeared on NFL Network's Top 100 Players for 2013 based on the vote of other players, with Gronkowski landing at 25th and Wilfork at 30th.