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Rob Gronkowski: Low hits are part of the game

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New England Patriots Jerseys fans hold their breath every time a defender tackles Rob Gronkowski Jerseys low.

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Given the heart palpitations caused by such collisions, Pats fans got worked up this week when Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jerseys Jr. described hitting Gronk low, at the knees, as the best way to take down the 6-foot-6, 265-pound tight end.
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Gronk issued a playful retort earlier in the week, but Thursday brushed aside any notion that he’s worried about the Broncos targeting his knees.

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“It’s part of the game. I’ve been seeing it all year,” Gronkowski said of low hits, via the team’s official website. “I’ve been seeing it my whole career. I’ve just got to get low, get my shoulder down, protect the ball, just protect myself in any way when I see a lot of guys coming or when I know there’s not a chance to make that many yards, possibly just go down on that play, but if you can make a play then try and make a play, get more yards, but at the same time I’ve just got to watch it wholesale jerseys, get your pads down. It’s football, so you’ve got to be ready for contact at all times.”

In the Pats’ Week 12 loss to the Broncos, Gronkowski exited in the fourth quarter with a knee injury after his leg whipped back on a low hit by a defender. The injury caused him to miss the cheap nfl jerseys following contest and influenced his play down the stretch. Gronk was officially listed as limited in Thursday’s practice with knee/back injuries.

With the NFL placing emphasis on defenders not hitting at the head/neck level, many players, especially smaller defensive backs, have gone low to attempt to bring down behemoths — that’s not to cheap jersey boy tickets suggest taking out the knees is a new philosophy, it’s as old as football.

Gronk added that he plans on dishing out as much punishment as he receives.

“Everyone wants to see collisions, so I’m ready to give some,” he said.

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NFL considering changes to scouting combine

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Many, like New England Patriots Jerseys coach Bill Belichick, bemoan incoming rookies training for specific drills performed at the NFL Scouting Combine — like the 40-yard-dash. Could those days be coming to an end?
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Tom Pelissero of USA TODAY repots that National Football Scouting Inc., which runs the combine, is establishing a committee of NFL executives, scouts, coaches, athletic trainers, team physicians, among others, to jerseys for cheap review all phases of the annual event.

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“Our first focus is to look at what we do currently and making sure that that’s relevant,” company president Jeff Foster told USA TODAY Sports. “And if it is, great, we’ll continue to do it, because historical comparison is really important to the evaluation process. But if we believe that there’s something that’s not relevant, then what can we replace it with that will help us evaluate the players?”

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Tinkering with the combine is something that has been considered more earnestly in recent years.

The 2016 NFL Scouting Combine kicks off this week in Indianapolis. Players will participate in the 40-yard dash, bench press, vertical jump, broad jump, 3 cone drill and shuttle run.

Routinely criticized as “Underwear Olympics,” teams often find more use in the medical examinations and interviews conducted during the Combine than some of the on-field drills.

“We’re continuing to explore everything in an effort to improve,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told Pelissero. “So, if there are ways to tweak, improve, modify anything we do, we’ll explore that (and that includes) the combine. The mantra is, how can we get better?”

As data becomes more accessible and easier for teams, agents and players to parse, the tenor of the combine could adjust, making workouts more useful and informative.

“You can get in on a really granular level and analyze these systems — even overlays of some of the stuff they do,” Dr. Marcus Elliott said. “They measure vertical jump, but there’s a lot of ways for two guys to both jump 38 inches. There’s potential for this thing to get so much smarter.”