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The Crow’s Nest: Gronk’s retirement, Prescott’s message to Brady, and NFL Week 1 bits

News on the Buccaneers and the NFL from around the interweb.

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As Bucs get another mini-bye, Bruce Arians worries about COVID - ProFootballTalk
One of the benefits of playing on the first Thursday night of the season comes from the immediate mini-bye before Week Two.

Bruce Arians: Rob Gronkowski 'in the best shape he's been in, in a few years'
In one game in 2021, Rob Gronkowski already looks better than he did at any point in 2020. The 32-year-old tight end looked like he was in 2015 form in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 31-29 win over the Dallas Cowboys.

Dak Prescott explains postgame remark to Tom Brady
Dak Prescott nearly put the Cowboys over the top against the Buccaneers, and the quarterback had a pointed message for Tom Brady afterward.

[WATCH] Pre-game promo video for Packers vs Saints in Week 1 - Canal Street Chronicles
Are you ready for some Sunday afternoon football?

Point/Counterpoint: Glad and mad about the Cowboys loss to Buccaneers - Blogging The Boys
A look at both sides of the Cowboys outcome.

Rob Gronkowski will retire once Tom Brady does, his brother Chis says | Fox News
Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski isn’t done yet with football, if you couldn’t tell on Thursday night in Tampa Bay’s 31-29 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.

Rob Gronkowski defying expectations, looks dominant again in his second season in Tampa Bay | Matt Vautour - masslive.com
Rob Gronkowski looked better than he has in years Thursday night

Carolina Panthers 2021 season opener countdown: 1 day to go! - Cat Scratch Reader
There’s only one man who truly owned the number one jersey in the Carolinas

Week 1 Preview: Falcons vs. Eagles - The Falcoholic
The 2021 season opener for the Atlanta Falcons is a battle of the birds in the Benz.

Numbers show Jaguars did not favor vaccinated players in roster cuts
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the numbers behind the Jaguars roster cuts indicate there was no preference given to fully vaccinated players.

NFL Week 1 bold predictions: Jameis Winston outthrows Aaron Rodgers
Can Jameis Winston hang with reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers? Who wins in a battle of former Alabama QBs? NFL Network analysts make bold predictions for Week 1 of the 2021 NFL season.

Week 1 injury report for 2021 NFL season
The full injury reports for each Week 1 game of the 2021 NFL season.