This is a random thought, but it dawned on me as I was watching the Cardinals Panthers game. Both teams had a QB who was starting his first game with the team, and both teams got very little production from the tight end position last year. Cam Newton as we know set a record for passing yards in a QB's first NFL game. Of his 24 completions and 422 yards, Shockey and Olsen had 7 combined receptions and 129 combined yards. Kolb didn't put up the huge amount of yards Cam put up but he was just as effective with a 130 passer rating. Of his 18 completions and 309 yards, King and Heap combined for 4 receptions, 101 yards and a TD (the TD being a 48 yarder where the utilized play action and no one was covering King). Those two examples stick out since neither team utilized the tight end position at all last year but they're not the only ones. Joe Flacco had one of the best games of his career and in the process Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta combined for 7 receptions 104 yards and a TD. Matthew Stafford had a breakout game where Pettigrew was a big target and Tony Scheffler caught a TD. Rex Grossman also played much better than anyone expected while Chris Cooley and Fred Davis had a combined 7 receptions for 126 yards. Sanchez, in addition to utilizing Keller like he always does, had a big play to Jeff Cumberland. The Jets two tight ends combined for 94 yards and a TD. Colt McCoy's 2nd and 3rd favorite targets yesterday were Ben Watson and Evan Moore, accounting for 6 receptions, 80 yards, and both of Cleveland's touchdowns. As far as this relating to the Patriots, does anyone think that the increase in teams using multiple tight ends is a reaction to how much success Brady had with Hernandez and Gronk last year? Belichick is almost always ahead of the curve doing stuff 1-2 seasons before every other team starts doing them, and this seems like the newest example. Maybe it's just my imagination and teams utilize two tight ends that much every week, but I don't remember so many teams having the tight end position account for 100+ receiving yards in the same week.