The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won't be at full strength on offense this upcoming season. Not only has the NFC South team suffered multiple injuries along the offensive line; all-time great tight end Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement during the off-season. It's a notable loss for Tom Brady and Co.
One of the biggest challenges Brady and the Buccaneers now have is trying to replicate Gronkowski's 2021 production elsewhere. It won't be easy, but it's something Tampa Bay has to try and do.
Brady is well aware, though, that the Buccaneers are missing one of their all-time greats this upcoming season.
“You’re missing someone that was one of the all-time greats, which is, you know, you can’t replace that,” Brady told Jim Gray, via Pro Football Talk. “And we all love him, but we miss him and he just decides not to play. So he’s retired, so we’ve had to, you know, move on to try to, you know, solve some things without him. And, you know, we’ve done a good job. Cam Brate‘s taken on a big role. Kyle Rudolph, we’ve got. We drafted a few young players. So that position, although it’s different without Gronk, you know, we’re gonna have to go out there and earn it, and earn the respect of everyone by our work, and by our performance. So I’m excited to see what we can do. And, you know, I’m never one to make a bunch of predictions, other than, you know, we’re gonna work hard to get it right. And it’s not gonna be perfect all the time. It’s got to be perfect enough to win.”
In Rob Gronkowski's place, veterans Cameron Brate and Kyle Rudolph are both going to get plenty of run at the tight end spot.
Brady and the Buccaneers start the 2022 season this Sunday, Sept. 11 against the Dallas Cowboys.