Entering last Sunday afternoon’s matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the New England Patriots’ offense was rightly heralded for its thriving two-tight end formation. At Heinz Field, the Patriots practically abandoned the passing game as running back LeGarrette Blount nearly carried the ball the same number of times Tom Brady threw it (24-26).
New England employed a three-wide receiver, one-tight end, one-running back formation on 27 snaps against Pittsburgh as well. Clearly, when the defense takes away the Patriots’ No. 1 option, they can quickly adapt, prompting this fantastic photoshop featuring tight end Martellus Bennett:
— Jay Lessard (@JayThePatsFan) October 24, 2016
— Martellus Bennett (@MartysaurusRex) October 24, 2016
Bennett played just 30 snaps in the Patriots’ win and caught just 1 pass for 5 yards after leading the team in receiving yards through six weeks. If he’s willing to adapt that kind of role, no wonder New England’s offense can play so unpredictably.