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FOXBORO -- Rob Gronkowski is already, arguably, the most versatile weapon in the NFL. 

His frame makes him nearly uncoverable in the red zone. In the open field, smaller corners and safeties shy away from him. He's more than capable as a run-blocker, and with the Patriots banged up at the offensive tackle position, he's been called upon to pass block more over the last three weeks than he had in the first five weeks of the season combined. (In 27 pass block snaps in the last three games, he's allowed one quarterback hurry, according to Pro Football Focus.) 

But could the Patriots possibly use the All-Pro tight end in another role? Gronkowski had one idea on Thursday.

Punt returner.

After answering a question about Julian Edelman and marveling at his return skills, Gronkowski was asked how he'd fare in that job.

"I always wanted one," he said with a smile. "I think if I got some room and caught it on the move I think I could do some damage. Just don’t let me catch it when there are already 100 guys in front of me. I need to be on my wheels already."

Gronkowski knows he'll probably never get that chance, but on a team that encourages versatility the way the Patriots do, his enthusiasm is something his coaching staff can probably appreciate.