The Tom Brady doubters are in trouble now

Rob Gronkowski has had to listen to the Tom Brady doubters longer than most.

As Brady’s teammate for 10 seasons, nine in New England and now one in Tampa Bay, Gronkowski firmly believes that the 43-year-old quarterback hasn’t slowed down one bit. Especially after Brady tossed three first-half touchdowns in the Buccaneers’ 28-10 win over the Broncos on Sunday.

“There are people that have talked garbage about him since I started playing with him 10 years ago, saying he didn’t have anything left in the tank — that is simply not true,” Gronkowski told reporters. “Just the way that he can air the ball out and put a dime where he needs to … I just feel like he can do it. It is like he isn’t even 43 years old.”

Gronkowski, after not being targeted in a Week 2 win over the Panthers, had seven catches for 48 yards in Denver. Brady connected with eight different receiving targets Sunday, completing 25-of-38 passes for 297 passing yards along with three touchdowns and no interceptions. It was his first game in a Buccaneers uniform that he didn’t throw a pick.

The victory lifted the Buccaneers to a 2-1 record to start the 2020 season. Tampa Bay coach Bruce Arians said he thought Sunday was Brady’s best performance this season.

“I think so far for sure. We put a lot on him today, and he delivered,” he said.

Gronkowski and Brady have won three Super Bowls together with Bill Belichick and the Patriots. And when Brady announced that he would be leaving New England for Tampa Bay, Gronkowski promptly came out of his one-year retirement to join him via a trade.

“Just the way he prepares, week in and week out, the way he takes care of himself, the way he goes out to the practice field to make sure that he’s on-point — seeing what I see, from day in and day out, coming to practice, coming to games prepared, mentally and physically, and just doing everything he needs to do so he can make those [tight-window] passes,” Gronkowski said.

“And those passes are incredible. Just the way that he puts them in there, there’s not even any separation … he just lays it there so only the receiver can make a play — it’s just unbelievable. I think he has a lot left, even more, in the tank.”

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