From the Far Hash: Brief Note on the Ace Personnel
With the rash of injuries to the Packers’ receiving corps, I expect them to deploy the “12″ personnel, which is also known as the “ace” personnel.
The Packers hope to get James Jones back this week, but even if that is the case, they’ll only have three healthy receivers. I doubt they’ll want all three of them on the field at the same time.
I expect the Packers to use the “12″ or “ace” groupings this Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. So, what is this scheme? Essentially it’s 1 running back and 2 tight ends.
The Packers will split their wide receivers (X and Z) and will likely play a tight end tight to the formation (Y). Then, their second tight end will be serve the purpose of the slot receiver (H).
Based on the players available, the Packers will split Jordy Nelson (87) and either James Jones (89) or Jarrett Boykin (11). Then, Andrew Quarless (81) is the most likely candidate to play the Y, and since Jermichael Finley is the most gifted of the tight ends, he’ll play the H.
This formation will allow the Packers to run their base zone blocking runs and their three pattern passing game. I’d be really surprised if they played three wide receiver sets very much, if at all.