Positional groupings: TEs shine

December, 12, 2011
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LANDOVER, Md. -- When asked about the Patriots' offensive approach and how the tight ends fit into the plan, Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan said, "They throw to their tight ends more than anybody. You can see why because they're playmakers. They make plays after the catch."

That is a nice lead-in to this week's positional groupings:

2 WR/2 TE/1 RB -- 55 of 59
3 WR/2 TE -- 3 of 59
3 TE/1 FB/1 RB -- 1 of 59

ANALYSIS: This was a game where the Patriots stayed with their base offense and attempted to pick out favorable matchups. ... The 3 TE/1 FB/1 RB package turned in disappointing results as the Patriots couldn't convert on a third-and-1 run in the fourth quarter. ... Of Chad Ochocinco's four snaps, three came in the 3 WR/2 TE package.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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