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Chandler not trying to fully replace Gronk for Pats


AP
2:17 p.m. EST December 3, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Scott Chandler knows he can’t try to be Rob Gronkowski while the star tight end is out with a knee injury.

“There’s not a lot of Robs walking around,” the veteran said Thursday. “I’m just doing what I can here, I’m focused on that. I’m not trying to be Rob.”

Gronkowski suffered a right knee sprain and bone bruise Sunday night in New England’s loss at Denver. He will be out an undetermined amount of time. So Chandler, who has been the No. 2 tight end since signing with the Patriots, now figures to be thrust into a great role with Gronkowski out.

But that really doesn’t affect the way he gets ready for Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

“I’m kind of approaching it the same way (as usual),” he said. “Whatever I’m asked to do I’m going to do it to the best of my ability. That’s kind of the approach I’ve had my whole career and that’s not going to change this weekend.”

The 30-year-old Chandler averaged 45.3 catches and caught 20 touchdowns over the last four years with the Buffalo Bills. He knew signing with New England would lower his numbers and it has – he has 19 catches…

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