Gronkowski: 'Glad to be back'

In a story now posted on ESPNBoston.com, Mike Reiss writes on tight end Rob Gronkowski's first meeting with reporters on Friday.

One lingering question was whether Gronkowski would be on the field for the start of 2012 training camp, and it's been answered as decisively as one of his trademark touchdown spikes.

"I'm out there going full right now," Gronkowski told reporters Friday after the team's second practice of camp. "I'm here to play some football, baby. You know it."

The overflowing crowds that have packed the team's first two practices at Gillette Stadium, starting with a record 12,163 on Thursday, have cheered nearly every time Gronkowski has touched the football, highlighting how he's quickly become a fan favorite.