In a recent piece on CBSSports.com, Pat Kirwan discusses the importance of an offense having three threats to attack defenses in the passing game.
He combines with that a list of his top 10 triple-threat trios in the league, and ranks the Patriots three-headed monster of tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez along with receiver Wes Welker number two, behind only Jimmy Graham, Darren Sproles, and Marques Colston of the Saints.
Kirwan posits that a defense can contain one or two mismatches presented by an offense, but believes that a third playmaker swings the match-up into the offense’s favor.
He also shares a quote from a defensive coordinator relating to the difficulty of defending the Patriots multi-threat attack.
"The reason a player like Danny Woodhead up in New England can be so effective is because you have to do so much to handle [Wes] Welker, [Rob] Gronkowski and [Aaron] Hernandez," Kirwan writes. "To make matters worse they just put Brandon Lloyd in the mix."