When there is no healthy Gronk the contender for top TE by default is Jimmy Graham, Vernon Davis, (and now) Julius Thomas, Jason Witten, Jordan Cameron. The first 3 i mentioned were COMPLETELY shut down by the Seahawks and BB put one man on Graham and that was Aqib Talib and there was an APB on Jimmy's whereabouts he was that anonymous. One thing that you can guarantee, with Tom throwing him the ball and regardless of how many guys you get to cover him or how many defensive players you get to take cheap shots at him: Gronk CANNOT be shut down. Just look at the Pats passing game when he came back this season. I mean for one solitary human being to make THAT much difference where we went from having minimal effectiveness with rookie wideouts and 2 sub 6'0 guys to suddenly looking like an unstoppable juggernaut all because of Gronk, speaks volumes. He is the only reason i can't 100% say 'Oh Tom has no weapons' because with Gronk on the field he has THE elite weapon in the NFL and yes i am including Megatron when i say that. Without Gronk, yes Tom has no one to REALLY rely on no matter how good Edelman was so for me this is just testament to how great Gronk is and the fact a guy like Julius Thomas who can dominate all year and then look scared in the SB when we know for a fact that scared is the last thing Gronk is, only further stamps his greatness. In terms of effectiveness and unstoppability (if i can use that) i can only think of Randy Moss that i can put up there with him.