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  1. NE39

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    When Belichick,Weis was with the Jets they rarely went to 4 WR (They used Keyshawn Johnson and Wayne Chrebet as starters, with Dedrick Ward being used as a 3rd WR), instead they used Richie Anderson alot in an H-Back type role (they called it their F-Back) in passing situations.

    When they came to the Pats they began to use more spread formations, and WR became more of a focal point of the offense. They spread teams out and threw a lot of screens, and they didn't really have an H-Back type player of Anderson's versatility.

    After this draft, with Thomas and Mills joining the team, I think the Pats are going to use multiple WR sets less frequently, which is why depth there isn't the same concern it was. I believe they are going to utilize the H-Back more frequently, with versatile guys like Watson, Pass, Thomas and Mills lining up in different positions and using pre-snap motion to create matchups in both the running and passing game.

    It is what the Jets did very successfully under Weis, and I think the Pats return to that after throwing the ball too much last year. Because of that, I can see them only carrying 3 true RB (Dillon/Faulk/Maroney) and 4 or 5 WR, while carrying 4 or 5 guys who are TE/H-Back players (Graham/Watson/Thomas/Pass/Mills). That means there will be bigger guys on the field, but since they can catch the ball it gives them more options.
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    I absolutely agree with your analysis. I'll bet we carry 5 WR, as opposed to 6 last year.
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    FWIW, Lavin in "Management Secrets" basically says that one reason the Pats drafted Watson was because they had noticed a significant drop-off in Graham's performance when they tried to move him from the Y position, which is more of a standard TE slot, to H*, which involes more FB-like responsibilities, more pre-snap movement, after his rookie year. Watson was drafted to play the H position, and Graham could return to the Y, where he doesn't need to think as much and would hopefully be more decisive.

    It's no surprise that they took Watson, who blows away the average football player in intelligence, and now have taken another TE who is very smaht. Thomas graduated from Texas in just 3-1/2 years.



    *The book initially calls it the "F" position, but later in the paragraph seems to refer to it as the "H". I think the initial reference is an error. See page 100.
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    Spot-on analysis. I felt there were two of those in the draft, Mills and Sheffler. Mills, at worst, will be a younger Paddy Pass. At best, he'll be a Keith Byars type addition to the offense.
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    I'm fine with the H Back thing and Mills being Keith Byars - we shouldn't need Pass' running ability now with Maroney, Dillon and Faulk. Just don't call it a Full Back, I hate the dinoauar pure fullback with a passion. I wonder if Mills can run at all from scrimmage.
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    What the heck are you talking about? This is a FB thread.
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    He can. He was actually Tulsa's regular RB. The H-back/TE thing is an NFL projection.
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    OK, I took a quick look in ProFW's stats and didn't see carries but I may have looked way too quickly. I've always liked Pass but after that hamstring fumble it is tough to trust him again (I know, I don't know what it's like but every NFL player I heard asked about it said they can't imagine just dropping the ball in that situation).
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    No, I may have been mistaken. I'm seeing conflicting information.
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    This thread is right on. They will create serious matchup issues. get 3 of these TE/FB types on the field at once and defenses will scratch their heads.
    I love it. Our personell packages will be very tough for oponnents to decipher.
    bring guys in at H-back, slide them out to the slot pre-snap etc. You get the idea. I think they've been goin in this direction for a while, but now they would appear to have more of the tools in place to pull it off.
    I can't wait.
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    This is a very interesting analysis. And don't forget that BB tried to sign Anderson at one point, but he went to the Cowboys.

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    No he never ran the ball. He did line up in the backfield some, but he blocked or would go out for a pass. He was our main TE and set the college record for TE this last year. Hell of a special teamer and was our backup deep snapper.
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    "Special teamer", "deep snapper" -- I'm liking what I'm hearing. What was his role on special teams?
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    I see this just a little differently. It seems to me that BB has been eager to free up his TE's for pass-catching duty. A good blocking fullback--who can also catch passes--will do this very well, and relieve Dillon and Faulk, and their oft-injured bodies, of some of their blocking duties.

    So, what this means is that Brady will have both time to throw to his receivers and more receivers competing for the ball--two WRs, two TE's. It's been frustrating for BB, I'm sure, to have to leave Graham back as a blocker.

    Thomas, it seems to me, is insurance if Graham gets the dropsies again, or if he decides on greener pastures. Mills, I suspect, will never play the TE position, except in very unusual and rare circumstances. But he will be a key pickup for the offense.
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    Why hate the Fullback moniker... maybe there is something I am not up to date on with my terminology.. but what makes Fullback dinosaur. I think Alstott when I think FB. But hey, I wanted to move Ted Johnson to FB for shortyardage when Gash left... what do I know. You need a yard, you put a monster in to get it or block for it. It was later that BB decided to start using DL/OL as FB....

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