Rob Gronkowski doesn't look like his old self these days, a notion his numbers back up.
The Tampa Bay tight end was held without a catch in Week 2 against the Panthers, marking only the fourth time in his 117-game career that Gronkowski has been shutout.
In two games Gronkowski has just four targets, making two catches for 11 yards.
So, what's the deal? Tampa Bay head coach Bruce Arians gave his explanation.
"We’re not throwing the ball 50 times to tight ends – that’s what we have receivers for [and] that’s the way our offense is built," Arians told reporters Monday. "Gronk’s playing great run blocking in the fourth quarter, so I’m not concerned with his pass catches or his targets."
Arians dismissed another possible explanation for Gronkowski's lack of productivity, one that had been a constant during his time in New England: Too much attention.
"I don’t think they’re paying that much attention to him," Arians noted. "Tom (Brady) has the ball (and) he decides where it’s going, so he’s reading the defenses and he’s taking whatever they’re giving him. We don’t force passes to anybody."