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> Five linemen are the max and two tight ends, overall seven.

Addressing the first answer, for goal line or inches to go for a first down type plays it is not uncommon for an offense to use three tight ends.

That's correct. 7 players will always be on the line of scrimmage. You have usually 5 lineman (Center - 2 Guards - 2 Tackles) and either two Wide Receivers or 1 Tight End & 1 Wide Receiver. That would mean that most likely there are two Running Backs in the backfield (Full Back and Running Back) which would mean 12 personnel. 1-TE, 2-RB's.

Now, to complicate things a bit. You can have players lined up close to the line of scrimmage but keep in mind that they're usually standing 1 yard behind the line. They do this because they want to be eligible receivers and not cover up the other receiver.

Q: Can you have more then 7 men on the line?

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