Defensive coordinators reportedly don't think Rob Gronkowski is threat anymore

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There was a time when Rob Gronkowski was considered one of the best receiving threats in the NFL and a matchup nightmare for any defense.

But, after a year away from the game and now being 31 years old, that doesn't appear to be the case -- at least according to a few defensive coordinators ESPN's Dianna Russini spoke to.

“…In terms of concern for him being a threat — from what I can gather in my conversations — it’s not a high priority,” Russini said on ESPN’s Get Up. Thursday. “They know that he’s vertical, he’s long. He’s going to run those seams.”As for Brady, it doesn't seem like they feel there's as big of a threat there as in the past.

“It’s all about hitting him,” Russini said. “It’s all about getting him on the ground. He is not as dynamic in the pocket anymore. In terms of them as a duo, yes, they are still going to be a threat. But this is not the Tom Brady, the Rob Gronkowski we’ve seen in years past, according to defensive coordinators I’ve talked to.”

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