He’s back! Rob Gronkowski shows up with quality first drive for New England Patriots

Eric Edholm

Go around and slam dance with your brothers. Rob Gronkowski is back for the New England Patriots, and he didn't take long to make his impact felt.

Although Gronkowski did not start the game on the first offensive play, he caught a key first-down conversion for 12 yards on a little out route.

Five plays later, vintage Gronk: He ran freely down the seam for a play that reminded Patriots fans of what they had missed the first six games of the season. Gronkowski appeared to be in great shape, as he rumbled down to the 1-yard line.

After a first-down stuffed run, the Patriots went back to the ground and — thrust by a big Gronkowski block on the egde — Brandon Bolden scored easily to tie the game for the Patriots against the New York Jets.

He might be wearing a massive arm wrap, but Gronkowski looks darned good early on.

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Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter!