In watching the New England Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski, Dallas Cowboys safety turned NFL analyst Darren Woodson sees a very real change in the way offenses are approaching the game--and it’s not just the Patriots. The new breed of tight ends can also be seen in the Saints’ Jimmy Graham and the Packers’ Jermichael Finley--big, ultra-athletic guys capable of spreading a defense out and wreaking havoc in the middle of the field.
Woodson believes that, in a copy cat league like the NFL, the success of these teams will inevitably lead to other teams looking for the next Gronk--and sooner rather than later.
“No doubt about it," Woodson said, per the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. "I guarantee you’ll see every scout out there scouring for basketball players turned football players--6-7, 6-8 guys that can run. It definitely helps when you have a guy who’s that athletic.”
Further, we’d imagine judging by his remarks, that Woodson is glad this transformation is happening now, as opposed to when he was playing.
"You’re taught, ‘Don’t let the wide receiver run the deep post or deep go. If you give up that big play, it’s a touchdown,'" he said. "That’s what defenses have done all year. And now, tight ends are absolutely killing the middle of the field"
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