The New England Patriots didn’t consistently use both tight ends together, but the results were amazing when they did.
With Rob Gronkowski and Tim Wright on the field, Tom Brady was 7-for-11 for 101 yards and a touchdown. The Patriots also ran the ball seven times for 70 yards, which includes a career-long 43-yard dash by Stevan Ridley. On that play, Gronkowski and Wright were stand-up tight ends on opposite sides of the line. Wright sealed the edge with a block on Cincinnati cornerback Leon Hall that lasted juuuust long enough for Steven Ridley to turn the corner.
The Pats seemed like they went back to the good old days of two TE sets. With a Brady seemingly struggling to connect with his WRs, two TE formations were productive and may be something we see more of to keep the Pats offense rolling like it did vs. Cincy. The story pointed out that the stats on "GronkWright" saw them play together on 18 of the 82 snaps (21.9 percent), but those plays accounted for 33.8 percent of New England’s yardage.