The passing attack of the New England Patriots has been lethal this season and one player benefiting from it is TE Rob Gronkowski, a player scoring touchdowns on a blistering pace. Gronkowski scored three touchdowns yesterday, tying a record for the most touchdowns scored by a tight end in a single season.The record is held by both San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates (2004) and San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis (2009) as well as Gronkowski.
Two weeks ago, Gronkowski had his name entered in the NFL record books by becoming the first tight end to reach 20 touchdowns in just 26 games, unseating former Chicago Bears TE Mike Ditka which held the record. It was orginally reported yesterday that Gronkowski has set the record for the most touchdowns scored in a single season by a tight end after scoring three times, but one score was later changed to a rushing tight end as official scoring reversed the play from a forward pass to a lateral.
Gronkowski has four games remaining to score one touchdown and make the record his alone. That shouldn’t be a major problem for the tight end. In the last five games, he has scored eight times through the air, and has multiple touchdowns in five of the Patriots games this season.
Rob Gronkowski along with New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham are redefining the tight end position this season in the NFL as both of them are on a record-setting pace.