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    Question:

    How does this position work vs two tight ends ? It seems hard to switch sides
    when it's unclear, when the O breaks huddle,which will line up next to a tackle
    and which as an H-back or wideout.
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    It's a fair question. One answer would be that with 2 guys like Jones and Bequette who both have the length and size to 2-gap and the athleticism to drop back into coverage, it doesn't matter. If you play a 4-2-5 that can morph into a 3-3-5 with the DE on either side dropping back into coverage, or a 2-4-5 with both DE's standing up, then you have the flexibility to react regardless of which way the offense commits itself. It will take time for the youngsters to develop and get to that point, but I think that's the ultimate goal, and part of the reason for doubling up on big, athletic DEs who can stand up and play in space. That effectively makes the defense ambidextrous.
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    Here's a discussion of how Jones and Bequette could both fit at the elephant:

    Can Jake Bequette, Chandler Jones Fill Elephant Role for New England Patriots? | Bleacher Report

    As Willie McGinest notes:

    Not easy at all. Very hard to find 2 guys with the length, strength, agility, smarts and skill set to do that. But if Jones and Bequette can both develop in that direction, it would give the Pats' defense incredible flexibility, especially with guys like Mayo and Hightower behind them.

    One of the most interesting parts of the article is quote of a twitter from Pat Kirwan at CBS Sports:

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    Yet one more take, this time from Greg Bedard:

    As a whole, the parts seem to fit the Patriots - The Boston Globe

    It will take time to "put it all together", but that kind of versatility could be very useful in countering 2 TE sets, spread offenses, and virtually anything else opposing offenses can put on the field.
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