FOXBOROUGH -- Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski refused to be baited into engaging his older brother, Chris, a fullback with the Denver Broncos, in any kind of trash talk before Sunday's Gronkowski family reunion at Gillette Stadium.
When he was apprised that his brother had promised to lay him out on special teams -- which is the only situation the two would find themselves on the field together -- Gronkowski smiled and replied, "He can do all the talking.''
The Patriots tight end was coming off a 100-yard receiving effort in Sunday's 52-28 victory at Buffalo, where he made 5 catches for 104 yards (20.4 yard average) and a 28-yard touchdown that gave the Pats a 28-21 lead and sparked a 31-point barrage in the fourth quarter.
Asked if his touchdown catch, in which he was wide open on a vertical route off play action, was directly attributable to the Patriots' ability to establish a run-pass balance, Gronkowski replied, "You always want to be able to run the ball,’’ he said. "That’s what sets up the play-action and that’s what sets up the passing game. You always want to be able to pass, because it helps out the running game.
"You always want to have a balanced attack, because it keeps the defense guessing.’’