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Rob Gronkowski on Bucs camp: ‘I am really glad to be here’

It was reasonable to expect that it may take Rob Gronkowski some time to re-acclimate to the rigors of NFL life after spending one year in retirement. After a few weeks of training camp, it appears the superstar tight end is quickly getting more and more comfortable.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Gronkowski explained where he’s at in his return to football.

It sounds like Gronkowski may have done a lot more than knock off a year’s worth of retirement rust in training camp, too. Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians makes it sound like the tight end has found the fountain of youth.

Addressing the media as well Thursday, Arians raved over how refreshed Gronkowski has looked so far in camp.

“He looks to me like he was five or six years ago. He doesn’t have a gigantic elbow brace on,” Arians said. “He’s moving, running fast again and has great body control.”

Arians’ comments represent something of an about-face for the Bucs coach, as it was less than a week ago that he questioned Gronkowski’s conditioning level.

“He’s probably in New England shape right now. He’s not in Florida shape,” Arians said after practice Monday. “… It’s different, man. When you train in New England and come down here, it’s different. We laughed about it out there today. I don’t think he’s ever sweat that much in his life.

Gronkowski admitted Thursday that it took him some time to get used to the heat.

“The humidity is definitely a game-changer … adapting to it is a challenge,” Gronkowski admitted. “Your shoes, halfway through practice, it’s like you jumped in a pool, they’re squishy.”

Gronkowski came out of retirement in large part to join Tom Brady in Tampa on a talented Bucs team, and the dynamic duo unsurprisingly appear to be enjoying the reunion.

What’s more, the fact that Gronkowski is returning to form only means that a lethal Bucs’ offensive attack is likely to be that much more dangerous.