I was at the game on Sunday, and from the get go, a major change in the offense was evident. All game, we were running more multiple tight end sets than I've seen this year. We kept 2 TEs in on most plays, and had 3 in on quite a few. We were using the ends so much that only three WRs saw any relevant field time. Chambers, Bowe, and Bradley were it, save for one pass(dropped) to Copper. Pope seemed to maintain his role as a blocker and midfield receiver. Cottam and O'connel, however, were put to dynamic use. At times they were posted next to the tackle as is typical for an end, but on many occasions they were in the slot or even split out wide. They were routinely putting Cottam wide, with Bowe in the slot next to him. they were also putting them in motion alot wchich seemed to be a way to mask their duty as a blocker or receiver. They were able to make max protect schemes look like receiver heavy line ups. There was also a bunch formation where one TE(Pope) was next to the tackle, O'connel was in the slot, and Cottam was behind them both (almost in the FB spot). Both times I saw that formation used, thay ran charles to the bunch side and he got very good yardage. One of the plays was quite entertaining as Charles just disappeared into a mess of bodies, then squirted out the the otherside for about 15 yards.
The blocking from the TE formations seemed adequate, as Cassel had noticably more time that he has had thus for (only sacked once)
Cottam displayed good hands. On one catch he reached up and snagged the ball out of the air from an awkward postition.
O'Connell dropped multiple passes. I don't know if he even came away with a reception
I don't know if 2-3 TE sets really worked well, or were were just playing a defense that would have made anything look good. It will be interesting to see how this turns out moving forward.