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Rob Gronkowski working on TD celebrations at Pats camp

Rob Gronkowski continues to practice without any limitations as the New England Patriots open training camp this week. Not surprisingly, Gronk is utilizing at least some of time during his triumphant return to the practice field to work on touchdown celebrations.

Gronkowski made it to the end zone on three occasions during Thursday’s practice sessions, and each time he appeared to test out some possible after-TD antics for the coming season, especially in light of the NFL’s relaxation on celebration rules.

“It’s football,” Gronkowski said, via CSNNE’s Mike Giardi. “Just when you’re feeling good out there and making plays you just want to have fun. That’s the whole game of football. Have fun out there, enjoy it and have competition. Competition is huge. That’s what gets you better. That’s what makes you better as a player. That’s what makes the team better — competition. . . .

“I don’t even notice know what I did. It wasn’t like a real spike, it was just like tossing it to the ground. Juiced up, just trying to make plays out there.”

It sounds like Gronk is still working out the kinks and refining his plans for post-touchdown celebrations. At least he always has his patented Gronk Spike in his back pocket in case his creativity stalls.

But more than anything, Gronkowski is happy to be back on the field, although he has been essentially a full participant throughout the Patriots’ offseason workout program following back surgery.

“I’ve definitely had a longer vacation than a lot of guys,” Gronkowski said. “I’d probably say I was the most eager to get going, to get rolling.”