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ITP Glossary: Wham Block

A skill player executes a wham block when he runs behind the line of scrimmage to block an interior defender from the side. The interior rusher often initially believes he is unblocked and does not expect the wham. Surprise is key because the blocker is typically a tight end or H-back matched up against a…

Under the Microscope: New England Patriots Offense & Offensive Line

Despite the odds, the Patriots have opened the season with two wins, despite many of their offensive weapons sidelined to injury and suspension. And now backing quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has been added to the injury list. Yet, the Patriots pulled off two wins due to smart coaching and execution. Brandon Thorn puts the New England Patriots offensive…

How The Patriots Exploit Matchups

After proving he knows the Oakland Raiders offense inside and out, Ted Nguyen tackles a new assignment: How the New England Patriots exploit matchups with their versatile personnel. The Patriots offense begins with explosive tight end Rob Gronkowski and the versatile talents of wide receivers Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola. Add the multidimensional running backs like Dion Lewis…

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Patriot Michael Williams: A Tackle In Tight End’s Clothing

Pass protection, run blocking schemes, picking up the blitz and good decision making all contribute to offensive success. Brian Filipiak looks at an old-school blocking tight end, Patriot Michael Williams, being used in a modern passing attack. More and more teams in the NFL are turning to faster, highly athletic tight ends to augment their offense.…