Top Ten Tight Ends for 2009
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#1 Antonio Gates
Gonzo reclaimed the top Tight End spot last year, and despited turning 33 recently he should be able to stay in the top two. He has a new Offensive-minded Coach in Todd Haley and a new QB in Matt Cassel, both of which should be upgrades from years past. You can pretty much pencil him in for 1000 yards and 7+ TDs.
#3 Jason Witten
T.O.’s departure could actually hurt Witten a bit. No, not emotionally, but T.O. did draw the opposing Defenses’ attention. With T.O. gone Defenses will be able to key in on Witten more. He’s still going to produce, but I think his numbers will look more like last year than 2007.
Clark is also losing a WR from the 1996 NFL Draft as a teammate as Marvin Harrison won’t be back. For Clark I think that works in his favor. The Colts have a variety of weapons to keep Defenses honest, but Peyton Manning will have one less mouth to feed.
Cooley had a great year for the Redskins with 83 catches for 849 yards. He only managed to score once though. He had averaged around 7 TDs in his first four years. They’ will come back in 2009, along with his ranking.
#6 Owen Daniels
Owen finished as the sixth highest scoring Tight End despite having just two TDs. He hasn’t exactly shown the ability to reach paydirt consistently yet, but I could see him improve in that area in 2009. If he can score five or six TDs and maintain the 800 yard average he has the past two years, he could possibly crack the top five.
John had a very impressive Rookie season catching 55 passes for 627 yards and 5 TDs. With a healthy Matt Hasselbeck and T.J. Houshmandzadeh on board, Carlson should be able to avoid a Sophomore slump.
#8 Zach Miller
Zach nearly doubled his yardage last year going from 444 as a rookie to 778 in his second year. He only scored one TD last year, which was down from three in his rookie season. As he and JaMarcus Russell continue to build their rapport, I see that TD number going up next year. 800 yards and 4 or 5 TDs isn’t out of the question.
#9 Greg Olsen
Greg was one of the Bears’ top targets in the passing game. He should be utilized even more next year as he continues to develop into one of the game’s best pass-catching Tight Ends. I see him leading the Bears in receptions next year. He should rack up at least 700 yards and four scores.
#10 Dustin Keller
With Kellen Clemens likely taking over the starting Quarterback job, Dustin Keller is going to be a big security blanket. He caught 48 passes for 535 yards and 3 TDs as a rookie. He had 388 yards in the second half last year. He should build upon that success in his second year.