YOOOAdrian’s 2010 NFL Preview- TE Rankings

  • Today, tight ends are pretty much pass catchers.  Some can block, but it’s a lost art.  So who are the best in the NFL, let’s find out. 
  • Hands- Like a wide receiver it’s important to catch the ball with your fingertips.  Tight ends need to be able to secure the ball quickly after the catch to avoid fumbling from an aggressive oncoming linebacker looking to lay the lumber.
  • Blocking- Good blocking tight ends act like another offensive linemen on the field.  You don’t really see TE’s seal outside linebackers or defensive ends, especially these days.  They do come in handy in short yard and goal-line situations.  A good blocker plays with leverage, have quick feet, and understand angles.
  • Route Running- When the primary receiver fails to get open, the tight end becomes an asset in the passing game.  Tight ends need to be able to run the seam, get open in the red-zone, and run after the catch after a checkdown from the quarterback.

TE Rankings

(Jason Witten)

  1. Jason Witten (8.5)
  2. Antonio Gates (8.5)
  3. Tony Gonzalez (8)
  4. Dallas Clark (8)
  5. Vernon Davis (8)
  6. Owen Daniels (7.75)
  7. Brent Celek (7.5)
  8. JerMichael Finley (7.5)
  9. Kellen Winslow (7.5)
  10. Heath Miller (7.5)
  11. Chris Cooley (7.5)
  12. John Carlson (7.5)
  13. Dustin Keller (7.25)
  14. Todd Heap (7.25)
  15. Zach Miller (Oak) (7.25)
  16. Greg Olsen (7.25)
  17. Brandon Pettigrew (7.25)
  18. Marcedes Lewis (7.25)
  19. Visanthe Shiancoe (7.25)
  20. Jeremy Shockey (7)
  21. Bo Scaife (7)
  22. Anthony Fasano (7)
  23. Jermaine Gresham (7)
  24. Ben Watson (7
  25. Kevin Boss (7)
  26. Jeff King (7)
  27. Shaun Nelson (7)
  28. Alge Crumpler (7)
  29. Daniel Graham (7)
  30. Leonard Pope (6.75)
  31. Anthony Becht (6.75)
  32. Daniel Fells (6.75)

Top 5 Backups

  1. Fred Davis (7)
  2. Tony Scheffler (7)
  3. Martellus Bennett (7)
  4. Zach Miller (Jax) (7)
  5. Rob Gronkowski (7)
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