When the #Green Bay Packers break camp next fall, they are likely to have a very different look than what we saw in 2016. The offense, in particular is apparently going to be very much revamped. The Pack are still trying to decide whether they want to resign Eddie Lacy or go in another direction altogether at running back. While the franchise has not signed any big name wide receivers, it has added two tight ends.
The signings of Martellus Bennett and #Lance Kendricks appear to indicate that the offense is going to have a different approach than it has under Mike McCarthy. That offense will really undergo a transformation if they are going to be used on the field at the same time, a large portion of the time, it could mean a seismic shift in the offensive approach.
The Packers were near the bottom of the NFL in double TE sets last year
McCarthy simply does not run many multiple tight end sets in his offense, especially not recently. The Green Bay Packers had exactly one team, according to ESPN that ran fewer double tight end sets in 2016. The Pack were tied with the Denver Broncos for just 112 plays run with more than one tight end.
The New York Giants were dead last in the league, running just 62 plays with multiple TEs. These numbers are even more eye opening when taking a look at the team that ran a formation with double TEs the most in the Tennessee Titans. The Titans ran 409 plays in that formation.
Kendricks and Bennett are going to change things with the Green Bay Packers
The interesting thing about both Lance Kendricks and Martellus Bennett is that they are a kind of dual threat weapon. Certainly they can catch a pass (Kendricks had 50 receptions for 500 yards and Bennet had 55 catches for 701 yards and seven touchdowns) both are considered above average blockers as well.
The question now is whether or not the double tight end sets the Green Bay Packers are going to run are going to be the more traditional set, with a bruiser back behind them? Or is McCarthy is going to have a wide open passing attack, that will allow Rodgers more time to find open receivers both down field and in the flat? Finally, it will be interesting to see how this apparent new offensive approach affects their draft. #Martellus Bennet