One Play: Impact of the Bills’ Tight Ends in 12 Personnel

Entering the 2023 NFL season, there were a lot of signs pointing to the Buffalo Bills using more 12 (one running back, two tight ends) and 13 (one RB, three TE) personnel groups. They had tried to bring in more tight ends over the last few years but it never really played out the way we think they had hoped. The next indicator they wanted to modify the offense this way was investing a first-round pick in Dalton Kincaid. Most of the early returns suggest the Bills’ front office and coaching staff found what they wanted in Kincaid to make the transition to 12. It is way too early in the season to make definitive declarations about what the Bills are now on offense, but through two weeks, they lead the league in snaps out of 12. They have run 12 personnel on 50% of their offensive snaps. It has been working too: the Bills also lead the NFL in 10+ yds plays from that grouping with 13. The Bills have 74 dropbacks (40) + rush attempts (34) through two games. The next highest on the list is the Pats with 54 (SIS). So, they’re using more TEs more often. … Continue reading One Play: Impact of the Bills’ Tight Ends in 12 Personnel