Rob Gronkowski details how he's getting to his playing weight for 2020

By WEEI 93.7

A big topic with Rob Gronkowski coming out of retirement for 2020 was how would he look physically after being away from the game for a year and looking noticeably thinner.

According to Gronkowski himself, he's very close to getting back to his playing weight of 265 pounds.

"Yeah, baby, yeah. You know it," Gronkowski said to CBS Sports HQ this week. "My lowest I got to was 240. And it felt good, you know. I've been above 260 pounds basically my whole entire life, since high school. Since senior year in high school, I was 260. I had never been under 260 since then. So, it felt good just to drop that weight, you know ease up my joints, let my body free. I kind of felt like that weight was loaded weight, too. So, it felt good to get rid of it.

"Now it's time to build back upon it, put lean muscle on my body and get ready for the NFL season like I never have before. It's a different way, a different type of training style I'm doing and everything. I'm about 257 pounds right now. Everyone thinks I'm like 240, 230, but I'm basically four more protein shakes away from being at my playing weight. I'm excited about that. I'll definitely be at my weight when it's time to go. I'll be at 260 to 265 when it's time to roll."

Some of Gronkowski's new teammates, including Tom Brady, have already got to work on developing chemistry, as they got together for a workout this week. It wouldn't be a surprise to see Gronkowski join them for an upcoming session.

Tampa Bay currently has an over/under of nine wins for 2020 at most sportsbooks.