(Photos courtesy of New England Patriots/Keith Nordstrom)
Talk of Fame Network
Maybe the listeners and readers of the Talk of Fame Network are on to something.
Even though New England is scheduled to be without quarterback Tom Brady for the first four games of the season, Patriots' tight end Rob Gronkowski was the overwhelming choice by our followers in this week’s poll to lead the NFL in touchdowns this season.
Gronkowski received half the votes to easily outdistance a couple of elite wide receivers (Antonio Brown and Dez Bryant) and a couple of Pro Bowl running backs (Jamaal Charles and Marshawn Lynch). Charles finished second in the balloting with 25 percent of the vote.
Lynch led the NFL in touchdowns last season with 17 and Bryant led all receivers with 16 scores. Brown and Charles scored 14 times apiece and Gronkowski just a dozen scores.
But Gronkowski is capable of the spectacular, as evidenced by his AFC-leading 18 TDs in 2011. At 6-feet-6, 265 pounds, he’s a matchup nightmare for linebackers, safeties and corners. Gronk has scored 54 career touchdowns in 65 career games.
Maybe our followers expect Brady’s suspension to be lifted or reduced. Maybe our followers expect Jimmy Garoppolo to step in at quarterback and not miss a beat -- just as Brady himself did in 2001. Whatever the reason, they expect Gronkowski to find the end zone more than any other player in the NFL this season.