This is the same level of participation that Gronkowski practiced at on Wednesday, and while nursing forearm and back injuries, he has seen the practice field in a limited role for weeks prior to then. The difference is that optimistic reports of the All-Pro tight end making his 2013 debut have floated around this week, suggesting that despite the limitations, Gronkowski will be ready to go.
Fantasy Spin: If that is in fact the case, Gronkowski is a must-start this week even in a stingy matchup versus the Falcons. Despite the Patriots' lack of receiving weapons, they are at an advantageous position at 3-0 and could afford to rest Gronkowski in a non-conference game if he isn't close to 100 percent. Therefore, if the Patriots do trot him out to the field, it would not likely be on a limited basis.
The Falcons held Jared Cook and Jimmy Graham to a combined 55 yards, but despite their ability to cover tight ends, a healthy Gronkowski is more than capable of prevailing.