Breaking down Welch as a 2nd TE

OAKLAND -- One of the game-plan wrinkles from the Patriots was using offensive tackle Thomas Welch, fresh off a promotion from the practice squad, as a second tight end.

In doing so, the Patriots tipped off their intentions. They weren't sending the 6-foot-6, 300-pound Welch out to catch passes, so they were committing a sixth blocker to either the running game or pass protection. This was necessary because they only dressed one tight end (Rob Gronkowski).

Here is how the Patriots' 24 plays with Welch broke down:


Total: 15*

Yards: 60

Average: 4.0

* One additional running play took place in which the Raiders were penalized for being offside


1 of 6* for 4 yards

* one pass play resulted in an offensive holding penalty on Dan Connolly, and one pass play resulted in an illegal contact penalty against the Raiders

NOTES: Stevan Ridley's 25-yard run at the start of the second quarter came out of that package. ... Welch was also part of the goal-line package, which had one receiver, two tight ends and Dane Fletcher as the lead-blocking fullback. ... BenJarvus Green-Ellis' long run of the day, of 15 yards, came out of the Welch package. ... Julian Edelman's rush for minus-1 yard in the fourth quarter came out of the package. ... There were nine runs for negative yardage, no yardage or 1 yard out with Welch on the field as a second tight end.