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Sebastian Vollmer on M&M: Patriots use different offense for Tim Tebow; Zach Sudfeld making waves

08.12.13 at 12:22 pm ET

Sebastian Vollmer joined Mut & Merloni Monday morning, and the Patriots offensive tackle, three days removed from the Patriots’€™ preseason-opening win over the Eagles, echoed a sentiment expressed by Tom Brady a few hours prior: The Patriots can run the ball, and they can be quite good at it.

‘€œIt doesn’€™t really matter to us who is the running back because we have trust in all of them,’€ Vollmer said. ‘€œI think all of those guys have different assets ‘€” you have the more powerful runners, you have the fast guys, you have the shifty guys. I think it’€™s a good system for all of them. They all have their qualities and try to take advantage of those things and were doing a good job. Hopefully we can continue to block for them. They’€™re running well.’€

Just as each running back brings a slightly different skillset to the table, so do the quarterbacks. When the hosts mentioned the Patriots using a read-option when Tim Tebow entered Friday’€™s game, Vollmer acknowledged that the team hasn’€™t used that too much ‘€” if at all ‘€” in recent years, so it’€™s a bit of a work in progress.

‘€œIt’€™s a somewhat of a different blocking scheme for us, but I don’€™t think it’€™s too complicated,’€ Vollmer said. ‘€œYou install the things, you do it in practice, you learn these things in training camp, so it’€™s good that you get to actually run it in a game and take advantage of that.’€

One of the quarterbacks’€™ potential targets this season is Zach Sudfeld, who has earned much praise thus far in training camp. With Aaron Hernandez gone and Rob Gronkowski‘€™s status up in the air following back surgery, Sudfeld is in the midst of a position battle for a suddenly shallow tight end spot.

Count Vollmer among those who like what they see so far.

‘€œHe hustles through it hard. He works hard, he tries to learn the system and he makes plays out there,’€ Vollmer said. ‘€œThat’€™s always a good thing. That’€™s what you need ‘€” people stepping up and doing their thing, trying to make their mark on the team and playing for spots.’€

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