Re: Interesting stat per Reiss
posted at 8/11/2014 4:30 PM EDT
In response to prolate0spheroid's comment:
People maybe get too fixated on a particular position. What you need is the right combination of skills to run an effective offense. TEs catch passes and block. If you don't have enough TEs, you can make up for their pass catching with better WRs or better receiving backs and you can make up for their blocking with an extra OL or a FB or maybe a big WR. The key is to look at the whole team and not any single position.
Right now this team is definitely thinner at TE, though if they utilize one TE in most formations and Gronk is playing, it's not a weak position. (Hoomanawanui is even an adequate back-up and occasional second TE.)
However, with a quality second TE not in the mix, you need to make up for his absence in some other position. Having a guy like LaFell (who is big for a receiver and a good blocker) could be enough if he's the third receiver and we have two other WRs who are effective. Another way to make up for the missing second TE is to run more two-back formations. And with Develin, Vereen, Ridley, and White this is looking like something the Pats may actually be able to do this year.
Don't get me wrong--you do need quality, depth and diversity in your running/receiving positions (WR, TE, RB, FB), but you don't necessarily need depth in all those positions. You just need a good mix of running, receiving, and blocking skills in the aggregate across those positions.
IMO It only means that instead of running a two tight end most times., now you reserve that to goal line and short yardage. Obviously we all agree Hooman is nothing special. Soo, Instead of putting Hooman out in 12 personnel, they replace the TE with a WR or even with a Fb and go I formation. Thats something no one is mentioning. We stopped carrying fullbacks in the 2 tight end era. Only last year a FB was kept on 53 man roster again. So we will go with FB, where we can run playaction, pass to FB in flat. Or we can go 1 back, 1 tight with 3 WR sets(Ideal formation for this personnel) because Obviously Lafell is a better WR than Hooman is a TE. This is why the Pats didnt mind being redundant w/Edleman, Amendola, Boyce, and to an extent Vareen.
They will play a lot so its good to have backups. Hooman is likely not going to see the field much in anticipation of a possible Gronk injury, they need him healthy. I suspect if something happens midseason then we may see a Keller brought in when his injury is better. I for one dont need to see the 2 TE set. We have plenty of options who work in the middle. I am excited to see what Lafell can bring with his skillset.