Aqib Talib: Rob Gronkowski still the best TE in the NFL

Rob Gronkowski

Unlike his teammate Nickell Robey-Coleman, Los Angeles Rams cornerback Aqib Talib isn’t interested in giving the New England Patriots any more bulletin-board material ahead of Super Bowl LIII.

On Tuesday morning, Talib was asked about Rob Gronkowski, and he responded by praising Gronk with the highest possible comment. As noted by Albert Breer of The MMQB, he called him the “Best tight end in the game. Still.”

When it comes to making plays in the passing game, the likes of George Kittle and Travis Kelce would likely have a strong case to make as being better than Gronk.

After all, this past season, Gronkowski hauled in just 47 passes for 682 and three touchdowns. In his two playoff games this winter, he’s caught just seven passes for 104 yards.

But when looking at his overall game — Gronkowski’s play in the run game has been absolutely dominating of late — it’s clear the tight end is still playing at a very high level. Still, it’s not hard to objectively say that Gronk has lost a step and isn’t as dominant as he used to be.