What may have been the first real bulletin board material of Super Bowl XLIX came today from a somewhat unlikely source — Seattle cornerback Jeremy Lane.
While talking to a group of Seattle reporters today before practice, Lane was asked about New England tight end Rob Gronknowski.
“I actually don’t think he’s that good,” Lane said. “He’s OK. But he does have a big body, and from what I’ve seen on tape, he don’t like your hands being put on him. So if we put our hands on him and shake him up a little bit, he won’t catch that many balls as he should.”
Asked if getting their hands on Gronkowski would be the key, Lane said: “That’s always our key every week. Put our hands on the receivers. That’s definitely an issue with him from watching tape so far. ”
Gronkowski led the Patriots with 1,124 yards receiving this season on 82 catches with 12 touchdowns and was named a First Team All-Pro pick this year and also named to the Pro Bowl.
Lane is Seattle’s nickelback but played in just seven gams this season after a groin injury put him on the short-term Injured Reserve. But he’s healthy now and was the team’s primary nickel against the Packers Sunday.