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Two-TE set is latest copycat trend

Thanks largely to Patriots' success, AFC teams emphasizing tight end production

Originally Published: May 10, 2012
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

By nature, NFL coaches are copycats. And why not? If a coach finds a strategy that works, why not copy it?

Even though this year's draft wasn't considered a very good one for tight ends, I noted that five of the first six tight ends went to AFC teams. Watching how Patriots coach Bill Belichick destroyed defenses out of two-tight end sets with Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski, one of the emerging trends for 2012 will be more two-tight end sets in the AFC.

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