FOXBOROUGH — Rob Gronkowski has been getting caught up in a lot of defensive traffic this season, and on Wednesday, the Patriots tight end said his brother, Chris, “got caught up in all that nonsense” during a radio appearance on Tuesday.
Chris Gronkowski said Rob was “super frustrated” because he was getting double-teamed by opponents and no other receivers have been able to take advantage of it.
“I can just tell by his emotions, his facial features, that he’s super frustrated with it,’’ Chris told WEEI. “You can see at the end of the game, how they ended the game double covering him, pressing off the line. He just wants to get the ball in his hands and make plays. But you can’t do it when no one else is getting open.’’
Rob refuted his brother’s notion that he’s frustrated with how the offense is executing.
“I didn’t talk to [my brother] at all. To tell you the truth, I feel like he was probably going on [the radio] for a promotion thing . . . No lie,’’ said Gronkowski. “So, he probably got caught up in all that nonsense. But he doesn’t speak for myself . . . and he knows he doesn’t. He probably just got caught up a little bit. But just got to move on.’’
Gronkowski, asked if he was “cool” with everything in the organization right now, said, “Yeah, definitely.’’
He did acknowledge a level of frustration but it had nothing to do with how he is defended.
“The frustration comes from the aspect of the losses, so we just have to get back on track, on focusing, and on the Dolphins,’’ said Gronkowski, who was listed as limited on the first injury report of the week with an ankle ailment but said he was “feeling good.’’
Gronkowski said overcoming the struggles of the last two weeks begins with “myself” as he focuses on the Dolphins.
“Going out there, adjusting to coverages, running faster, getting open, and just working together as a team, as an offense,’’ he said. “My goal is obviously . . . I want to get open all the time. But overall, I’m focused on having the chemistry with the offense and executing plays and getting drives started so we can work together as a whole.’’
Gronkowski also addressed the recent description by Mike Lombardi, the former Patriots staffer who said the tight end isn’t as quick as he used to be and now he’s more of a “builder of speed.”
“That’s a tough question. It really is,’’ Gronkowski said, when asked if he’s still as fast as ever. “It’s football. Any given day, you can feel different, to tell you the truth.’’
Flowers, Chung back
The Patriots did receive some good news on the injury front when defensive end Trey Flowers and safety Patrick Chung returned to practice in a limited capacity. Both missed Sunday’s loss after suffering concussions against the Jaguars in Week 2.
“It was good to get out there,’’ Flowers said. “It’s always tough as a football player when you’re unable to play.’’
Asked if he expects to return for Sunday’s game, Flowers said, “Yeah, I mean, I expect to work and be able to play. Whatever happens, happens.’’
Also listed as limited on Wednesday were wide receiver Josh Gordon (hamstring); tight end Jacob Hollister (chest); right tackle Marcus Cannon (calf); cornerbacks Eric Rowe (groin) and Keion Crossen (hamstring); safety Nate Ebner (hip); and defensive linemen Danny Shelton (elbow) and Geneo Grissom (ankle).
No gazing ahead
Dolphins coach Adam Gase wanted no part of labeling Sunday’s meeting with the Patriots as a big early-season meeting considering they could seize a three-game lead in the AFC East with a win.
“I think it’s a little early for us to even worry about anything like that,’’ he said. “We’re getting ready for a tough opponent at a place that we haven’t really won in a long time against a Hall of Fame quarterback and a Hall of Fame coach. We know that and understand that we have to play extremely well and we have to prepare the right way and do the right things on Sunday. Really, that’s all our focus is on right now. We’re not worried about anything besides that.’’
Report: Kerley eyed
According to an NFL Media report, the Patriots worked out receiver Jeremy Kerley, who was recently released by the Bills. Kerley played for the Jets from 2011-15 and again last season after a one-year stint in San Francisco . . . In addition to new signees John Simon and Kenjon Barner to the active roster, safety David Jones is also back in a Patriots uniform after agreeing to a practice squad deal. The second-year player was released in late July. The 6-foot-3-inch, 205-pounder out of Richmond spent 2017 on New England’s practice squad. He bumped receiver Jace Billingsley from the practice squad.