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How perceptions shift with Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski

Last year at this time, tight end Rob Gronkowski's health was a major storyline for the New England Patriots. He was coming off two injury-shortened seasons and stated that his goal was to make it through a full 16-game season.

Gronkowski had done that in his first two years in the NFL, but was limited to a total of 18 games over the 2012 and 2013 seasons (forearm and knee injuries).

Many questioned if he'd ever be able to return to his old form.

Fast-forward one year (82 catches, 1,124 yards, 12 touchdowns) and it's a reminder of how perceptions shift and we often move on to new storylines, leaving the dominant ones from the past behind with sometimes little mention they ever existed.

This comes to mind after hearing what Gronkowski, who would have played every game in 2014 if he wasn't rested in the regular season finale when the Patriots' playoff seeding was solidified, said over the weekend at a football camp he was hosting in Melrose, Massachusetts.

"I'm not rehabbing for once, so amazing feeling and it's just going through the process, working out, running every day with the team ... and not having to worry about anything," he told reporters. "It's way more fun. ... We're just out there in OTAs, everyone's working hard, it feels great to go back out there and be competitive again. You have a couple months off, which is good to get away from the game a little bit. Then you start missing it a lot."