Rob Gronkowski, Jimmy Graham Learning From Each Other

August 8, 2012 12:00 AM
Rob Gronkowski, Jimmy Graham Learning From Each Other
" FOXBORO (CBS) — The quarterback is always the biggest star of a football team, so it’s no surprise that much of the focus on Tuesday afternoon’s joint practice between the Patriots and Saints was placed on Tom Brady and Drew Brees. The two are both veterans with more than a decade in the league, they both hold several all-time passing records, and it would surprise very few folks to see busts of both in Canton one day.

While those two are the established superstars, the two young, all-world tight ends on the Patriots and Saints are carving out a similar career path.

Rob Gronkowski is 23 years old, stands 6-foot-6, weighs 265 pounds and caught 99 passes for 1,327 yards and 17 touchdowns last season (both records for tight ends).

Jimmy Graham is 26 years old, stands 6-foot-7, weighs 260 pounds and caught 99 passes for 1,310 yards and 11 touchdowns last season.

With Gronkowski’s Patriots hosting Graham’s Saints for joint practices this week leading up to Thursday night’s preseason game at Gillette Stadium, the two were quick to gush about each other’s skills.

“There’s definitely a little completion there,” Graham told reporters after Tuesday’s practice "

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