It was an all too familiar sight for Patriots fans on Tuesday – just in Tampa Bay rather than Foxboro.
Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski were back on the field together, and the 43-year-old quarterback connected with his favorite tight end during a play in training camp, which the Buccaneers posted on their official Twitter account.
It was the first time we have gotten to see the two future Hall of Famers in action since they were teammates together in 2018 with the Patriots.
And if there was any questions about whether or not Gronk could get back into football shape after taking a year off, the 31-year-old took a pretty big hit at the end of the play, but bounced right back up.
According to James Palmer of the NFL Network, the play “woke up the offense” after being sluggish most of the day.
The Brady and Gronk experiment in Tampa is certainly one of the most intriguing storylines of the upcoming season. The two future Hall of Famers have a long chemistry together, connecting for 7,786 yards and 78 touchdowns together.
While the two turned back the clock for a brief moment, there are still plenty of adjustments to make. Bucs head coach Bruce Arians noted on Monday that Gronk is still adjusting to the Florida heat.
“He’s probably in New England shape right now. He’s not in Florida shape,” Arians said, per CBS Sports. “The heat’s kicking his ass pretty good. It’s different, man. When you train in New England and come down here, it’s different. We laughed about it out there today. I don’t think he’s ever sweat that much in his life.”