Rob Gronkowski thinks he's being targeted by officials


Rob Gronkowski has been called for five offensive interference penalties this season. He didn't receive that many interference calls in his previous five seasons combined. Even crazier, Gronk has been called for OPI more than 30 other teams in 2015.

So yeah, it's a thing. Gronkowski seemed flabbergasted when a pass interference call wiped out a big reception in Sunday night's overtime loss to the Broncos. On Tuesday, the Patriots tight end used a one-word tweet to express his belief that officials are targeting him.

Tom Brady seemed to spend half his night in Denver yelling at game officials, and the Gronk penalty surely played into his "visibly pissed" mood after the game.

"There's nothing he can do other than the alternative is just to run upfield and make no contact and let them contact you," Brady told WEEI's The Dennis and Callahan Show on Monday. "Then they can obviously contact you within five yards of the line of scrimmage, but now you're talking offensively you can't contact anybody within five yards of the line of scrimmage. I don't fully understand it."

Gronkowski, who is week to week with a knee injury, has reason to be upset. The call -- like many against the Pats on Sunday night -- was borderline at best. At a certain point, you have to let these guys play.