by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Training camps are officially underway and the preseason games are going to start before we know it. Where did the time go? Obviously our rankings are going to be constantly changing, so let’s start getting things updating our Top 15 tight ends:
1. Jimmy Graham – New Orleans Saints
2. Jordan Cameron – Cleveland Browns
3. Julius Thomas – Denver Broncos
4. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers
5. Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins
6. Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers
7. Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles
8. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys
9. Dennis Pitta – Baltimore Ravens
10. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots
11. Jared Cook – St. Louis Rams
12. Martellus Bennett – Chicago Bears
13. Charles Clay – Miami Dolphins
14. Garrett Graham – Houston Texans
15. Heath Miller – Pittsburgh Steelers
- Rob Gronkowski’s place on these rankings is the biggest in flux, depending on if he’s going to be healthy for the start of the season or not. That’s where things appear to be heading and, if he is ready for Week 1 he is going to be a Top 3 option at the position. We’ll continue to play it conservative, for now, until we see him take the field at Training Camp. However, be prepared to see him fly up the rankings.
- The early favorite to win the title of breakout tight end in 2014 is definitely the Eagle’s Zach Ertz. He showed signs late in the season last year and easily could see a boost in targets as he’s more comfortable in the offense and with Desean Jackson now in Washington. If you miss the top names, he’s a good player to target later in the draft.
- Dennis Pitta should definitely benefit from the arrival of Gary Kubiak as offensive coordinator, even with the additions of Owen Daniels and Crockett Gallimore. Pitta should represent the best red zone threat the team has, outside of maybe Marlon Brown, given the size of Steve Smith and the boom or bust potential of Torrey Smith. For a more in depth look at Pitta, click here.
- It seems like Greg Olsen doesn’t always get the credit he deserves. He’s one of only four tight ends to be targeted at least 100 times each of the past two seasons and, given the state of the Panthers’ receiving corps, should easily be there again in 2014. For more on why we like Olsen, click here.
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Make sure to check out all of our 2014 rankings: