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Bruce Arians will be relying on Rob Gronkowski come Sunday

“He’s an amazing guy.....I’ll be looking for him this Sunday.”

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Tight end Rob Gronkowski has been a key component to the success of the Buccaneers offense. Perhaps not statistically, but the role the veteran tight end has is crucial.

Bucs head coach Bruce Arians was asked Thursday about his thoughts on Gronkowski this season. The veteran’s dependability throughout 2020 and beyond is what immediately came to mind for Arians.

He’s super excited because he feels so good. He’s played 20 games this year. I think that’s the most he’s ever played in his career. He’s one of the most unique people. Just being around him, he’s so positive. I think everybody wishes [that] in their next life they come back as Rob just because he’s got such a great personality about him, just his way of being positive. He’s a really high achiever.

Although Gronkowski hasn’t been that effective in the passing game in the postseason, he’s been a tremendous contributor in pass protection which started with blocking out Washington’s edge rushers Chase Young and Montez Sweat. His role in that game was a big reason for that first playoff win.

Arians talked about that will to win that Gronkowski carries with him.

He’s very competitive and I see the competitive nature, the determination. When you’re down and out, you want him with you. I think that speaks to him as a teammate, as a person and I love playing with him. I’ve known him for a long time and I’m just so proud of all of his accomplishments. He’s an amazing guy.

Arians will certainly be looking for him this Sunday against Kansas City in the Super Bowl.

I know for both of us, we rely on each other [for] a lot for different things. I’ll be looking for him this Sunday, so that’s the most important thing.

As each game came and went, we were all left wondering how Gronk would be utilized. Likely all part of Arians’ plan to keep defenses guessing. However, it’s no secret that the Bucs will need Gronkowski to be a huge contributor in whatever capacity.

Arians will need to see big things from him, especially in the passing game, if they plan on winning the Lombardi this Sunday.