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Gronk: 'It's a good thing when I black out'

Posted by Albert Breer  September 3, 2010 11:17 AM

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"I feel a lot more comfortable," he said. "When I first got here, I mean, my head was spinning everywhere. I gotta say that going into camp with the team and having all the preseason games, practices, of course I feel a lot more comfortable.

"But there’s always that point, you’re never 100 percent comfortable. So this week of practice, I’m gonna go out there, working hard and trying to get 100 percent comfortable when it comes to the game."

Mentioned to him that last week he and fellow rookie Aaron Hernandez, who'd been held out of practice, stayed late to get extra work in with Tom Brady.

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out why he'd do that. But it is clear that he's considers building a rapport with No. 12 important.

"You need a good relationship and chemistry with the quarterback," Brady said. "I feel like I need to feel out the quarterback throwing the ball, and of course the quarterback needs to feel out how I run my routes with my type of speed. That’s where it comes to practice.

"We gotta be out there practicing hard and we have about a week-and-a-half to go to do that."

And should it pay off against the Bengals, well, maybe some of that form of "time travel" hits Gronkowski again.

"Yeah, possibly," he said. "But I like it. It’s a good thing when I black out."

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