<
>

Positional groupings: TEs get work

PHILADELPHIA -- A look at the positional groupings utilized by the Patriots in their 38-20 win over the Eagles:

2 WR/2 TE/1 RB -- 43 of 75

3 WR/2 TE -- 22 of 75

1 WR/3 TE/1 RB -- 5 of 75

3 WR/1 TE/1 RB -- 4 of 75

3 TE/1 FB/1 RB -- 1 of 75

ANALYSIS: The Patriots ran 70 of their 75 snaps (including penalties with two or more tight ends on the field. That highlights the season-long trend of how Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez have been integral parts of the team's offensive attack, seldom leaving the field. Rookie Nate Solder has also been playing more as a second/third tight end. The other notable aspect of the team's groupings was going 22 snaps without a RB, as the hurry-up package featured a 3 WR/2 TE look. The Patriots sometimes have a running back in that package over a third receiver.