by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
We all know that tight end is often a tough position to predict on a weekly basis. Sure there are some elite options, who we think are going to be able to produce week in and week out, but even many of those options carry questions regarding their health and roles in new locales. Who should we trust? Who is worth the gamble? Let’s take a look:
- Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots
- Jimmy Graham – Seattle Seahawks
- Julius Thomas – Jacksonville Jaguars
- Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers
- Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles
- Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans
- Jordan Cameron – Miami Dolphins
- Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs
- Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys
- Jared Cook – St. Louis Rams
- Martellus Bennett – Chicago Bears
- Josh Hill – New Orleans Saints
- Dwayne Allen – Indianapolis Colts
- Charles Clay – Miami Dolphins
- Jace Amaro – New York Jets
- We’ve discussed Martellus Bennett before, but coming off a 90 catch campaign (as well as the departure of Brandon Marshall) it would be easy to think of him as one of the elite in the game. However we have to remember that Marc Trestman is no longer in place as the head coach and it’s likely that receiving targets will be down across the board. He also has Jay Cutler at quarterback, further hanging a question mark over his head. He’s a TE1, but there certainly are questions/risks.
- Jared Cook as a TE1? Really? He’s averaged 51.5 catches, 652.5 yards and 4 TD in his two seasons in St. Louis and now has Nick Foles, who thrives underneath, throwing him the football. After the top names are off the board he’s as good of a bet as any.
- We can’t say for certain who is going to be the top tight end in Indianapolis, as Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener should ultimately share opportunities (assuming they both can stay healthy). That said, the former has a higher upside and could emerge as the go to red zone target. We wouldn’t want to trust him as a TE1, but he could ultimately emerge as a Top 5 option.
- Reports this spring haven’t been great on Jace Amaro, but don’t overlook the potential. We discussed him in detail, which you can read by clicking here.
- Will this be the year Zach Ertz fully emerges as one of the elite tight ends in the game? He has that type of upside and even last season posted a respectable line (58 catches, 702 yards, 3 TD). Look for him to fully overtake Brent Celek in his third year and, with Chip Kelly at the helm, should finally back up the hype.
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