Not really news since Reiss's blog has shown us moving to more and more multiple TE sets, but this post from ESPN's Tim Graham shows the difference in Brady's effectiveness in San Diego. Patriots' offense leans hard on multiple TEs - AFC East Blog - ESPN ESPN Stats & Information found Patriots quarterback Tom Brady fared substantially better with two or more tight ends on the field. He went 16 of 24 for 130 yards and a touchdown (to rookie tight end Rob Gronkowski) and a 94.1 passer rating. With one or no tight ends, Brady completed three of his eight passes for 29 yards and a 48.4 passer rating. Reiss's positional grouping breakdown from the game shows that of the 10 snaps that didn't involve multiple TEs, 9 were with 3 WRs, 1 TE, and 1 RB, with a lone snap involving 2 WRs, 1 TE, 1 FB and 1 RB, which I assume to have been a run. That means 8 times out of 9 snaps with 3 WRs and 1 TE, we tried to pass the ball. Compared to multiple TE sets, we passed 24 times out of 51 snaps, a much more balanced attack. It makes me wonder if we need to run a bit more even with 3 WRs out there to keep a defense honest. Hernandez's targets are up a few throws per game since Moss left, but I'd also like to see Gronkowski get more passes thrown his way. His season high in targets and catches is 3 against the Bills. But it seems like Branch has picked up where Moss left off. Though they're different types of receivers, Deion's gotten 20 targets over 2 games, including 8 last week (though he only caught 4).