Positional groupings: All about TEs

September, 19, 2011
9/19/11
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A look at the positional groupings utilized by the Patriots in their 35-21 win over the Chargers, while analyzing what it might mean:

2 WR/2 TE/1 RB -- 42 of 71
1 WR/3 TE/1 RB -- 18 of 71
3 WR/1 TE/1 RB -- 10 of 71
4 WR/1 TE -- 1 of 71

(Penalties included; two-point conversion included; kneel-down not included.)

ANALYSIS: After running 65 of 80 snaps with two or more tight ends on the field in the season opener, the Patriots went 60 of 71 against the Chargers, highlighting the role the position is playing in the team's attack. ... The Patriots used the 1 WR/3 TE/1 RB package with Nate Solder as a third tight end for seven first-half snaps, before calling on it almost exclusively on the final touchdown drive. That was a case of the Patriots imposing their will on the Chargers. ... The 3 WR/1 TE/1 RB package, which has not produced good results in two-minute situations at the end of the half, had a good two-play sequence (both to Deion Branch) at the end of the first half to set up Stephen Gostkowski's 22-yard field goal. ... That same package was utilized on Danny Woodhead's successful two-point conversion.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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