Tight end plays important role in Kelly's offense
Bob Ford, Inquirer Sports Columnist
Posted: Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 1:08 AM
When all the Eagles have reported to camp and the first full-team practice takes place on Friday, seven tight ends will be trying to find some room on Chip Kelly's first NFL roster.
Who knows? Maybe they all will.
Not likely, but no position on offense will gain more importance in the Andy Reid-to-Kelly shift than tight end. With the Eagles, the tight end role is going to be transformed from a somewhat necessary afterthought to the most versatile cog of an offense that will be built on versatility.
Kelly might have been joking earlier in the year when he said he planned to use a lot of three-tight end formations, but maybe he wasn't joking entirely. The way he plans the offense to operate - without huddles and with players capable of performing a lot of different assignments - it would be a little surprising if the three-tight end alignment didn't happen sooner or later.
How could that possibly work? "
You go like that and three tight ends go into the game," Kelly said, holding up three fingers. "Do they go three linebackers? We split them out and throw passes. If they go three DBs, we smash you. Pick your poison. . . . They bring little guys in, you run the ball. They bring big guys in, you throw the ball."
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