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Gronk working on “tricks” to get open, other than pushing off

Tennessee Titans v New England Patriots

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 20: Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots is unable to catch a pass in the end zone as Daimion Stafford #39 of the Tennessee Titans defends him during the second half at Gillette Stadium on December 20, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

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Many (including various game officials) think Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski pushes off. On Tuesday, he was working on tactics for getting open that don’t include pushing off.

Via Mike Reiss of, Gronk practiced fake at the goal-line aimed at shrugging a defender and putting himself in the clear for a touchdown.

“That’s a route, when you’re going to your left or right you want to give the whole head and shoulders, not just a little leg step,” Gronkowski told Reiss. “You want to give the whole-body feel, to get the defender to think you’re going that way and then pop the other way. You have to have a couple moves and tricks to get open.”

Apart from the whole-body fake, defenders will still believe that Gronkowski uses his arms when he can as one of his “couple moves and tricks” to get open.