"He really has all of the elements that you're looking for from a big-time tight end," Carroll said, "every aspect of it."
Joining Carroll at Monday's press conference, Wright and Bobby Wagner each emphasized Gronkowski's physicality and the need to respond in kind.
"Our best against their best," Wright said. "Of course I've got my money on Kam. He's an All-Pro, he's the captain of our defense. I expect him to win every battle."
That clash of the titans will be the most riveting matchup to watch in the biggest game of the season.