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.
“It doesn’t really matter to us who is the running back because we have trust in all of them,” Vollmer said. “I 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.
“It’s a somewhat of a different blocking scheme for us, but I don’t think it’s too complicated,” Vollmer said. “You 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.
“He hustles through it hard. He works hard, he tries to learn the system and he makes plays out there,” Vollmer said. “That’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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