Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis knows firsthand the benefit of two strong tight ends.
And after playing with Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez in New England, he thinks the Bengals might have something similar with Jermaine Gresham and first-round pick Tyler Eifert.
“Long story short, if you have two tight ends and they are both big guys and you don’t feel like you have to cover them with DBs, it actually brings more people in to the box,” Green-Ellis said, via the team’s official website. “If you have two guys and you feel like one of them is really a receiver then you approach it differently.”
If you’re making that comparison, the running back said Eifert is probably more like Hernandez at the moment, with his movement and receiving skills, which should create opportunities for everyone as defenses decide how to cover them.
“That was the big thing when I was in New England with Hernandez. [In] the first quarter we had to see how teams were playing us, like, would they play us in nickel personnel to put a DB on Hernandez?” he said. “Or would they leave a linebacker in there because now it gives you options from an offensive coordinator standpoint? You could either go back or say, ‘Well, if they are going to play us in nickel personnel with both tight ends, we will run the ball. They play us with big people personnel we’ll just put one of the receiving tight ends out and have them run routes.’ Altogether you can’t really say two tight ends is going to make it better because it all depends on how the defense you’re playing that week is going to approach it.”
At the moment, the Bengals have an edge, because both of theirs are well and able to take the field, unlike the Patriots duo.
But if they deliver on anything like their potential when they take the field, along with A.J. Green and rookie running back Giovani Bernard, there’s a reason quarterback Andy Dalton’s saying there are no excuses.