Why the Buffalo Bills Should Adopt a 2-Tight-End System

July 21, 2012   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The 2011 NFL season forever revolutionized how the tight-end position can be played and utilized.
It's not that the league hasn't seen great pass-catching tight ends—like Tony Gonzalez, Antonio Gates and Dallas Clark, to name a few—but the 2011 season showed how much havoc the position can cause.
The New England Patriots were brilliant on offense last year. They pretty much let opposing defenses pick their poisons.
The Patriots could spread the field with wide receivers and leave linebackers with the responsibility to cover the tight ends. Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez are extremely athletic and turned any coverage into a mismatch. Gronkowski finished with 90 receptions for 1,327 yards and 17 touchdowns, and Hernandez had 79 receptions for 910 yards and seven scores.
The size, speed and strength of the two Pats players made them game changers. If a team put its elite defensive back on or even double-teamed one of the tight ends, it simply made itsel...

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