The Gronkowski Effect

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is perhaps the ultimate offensive weapon. With his rare combination of size and athleticism he poses a matchup nightmare for opposing defensive coordinators. Because of these facts, New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels moves his big tight end all over the formation, forcing defenses to adjust themselves and…

Scouting Notebook

Under the Microscope: Week 6 Scouting Notebook

Every year, storylines come and go during the course of an NFL season. Whether it is strong offensive line play, a breakout receiver, or a rookie stealing the spotlight, you can count on the NFL to entertain. Brandon Thorn breaks down the Week 6 storylines below in his scouting notebook. Entering this season my Twitter account served as the primary means to present my…

glossary

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…