Don’t look for Rob Gronkowski to come out of retirement to join the Giants.
The former star tight end recently made headlines for saying that Brian Daboll was the one coach who would have the best chance to get him to strap on a helmet again, but Daboll shut down any talk of that happening.
“I wouldn’t read too much into that is what I’ll say,” Daboll said before practice on Monday.
Daboll coached Gronkowski for four years with the Patriots, and the two have remained close.
They have spoken recently, though not necessarily about football or reuniting.
“Well, I am close with Rob, so [I’ve] got a lot of respect, admiration [for him],” Daboll said. “Coaching him for four years, he’s a good friend, we’ve talked. I’m not saying we talked about that, but he’s a close friend.
“When you coach someone for four years and he’s a very productive player for you and really a good person — we are from the same town — so wouldn’t read too much into that.”
The 34-year-old Gronkowski retired last June after a two-year stint with the Buccaneers.
A four-time Super Bowl champion and five-time Pro Bowler, he has 92 career touchdown catches along with 621 receptions for 9,286 yards.
Daboll was his position coach from 2013-16 with the Patriots.
“Brian Daboll wants me on his roster, I know it,” Gronkowski joked recently on the “Up and Adams” podcast. “Brian Daboll. He can’t get me out of retirement, but he would have the best chance to get me out of retirement.”
The Giants are also set at the position, after trading for former Pro Bowler Darren Waller in the offseason.
The Giants are hoping right tackle Evan Neal follows the path of left tackle Andrew Thomas, who made a massive leap in his second year in the league.
Neal is picking Thomas’ brain about how he improved so much.
“I’m in Andrew’s ear all the time, just talking ball, just chopping it up,” Neal said. “He’s a great resource to have in the room, for sure. I am thankful for him. I feel like all the guys in the room are thankful for having AT.”
Assistant general manager Brandon Brown said he has noticed a marked difference between this season’s Giants and last season’s edition.
“I just think you look at the team where we are now from where we were, call it, last year [the end of] training camp, just adding more speed, explosiveness on both sides of the ball and just competition every day,” he said.