Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Bills missing out on TE extravaganza
Not even in 1983, when Todd Christensen, Ozzie Newsome and Kellen Winslow finished 1-2-3 in receptions did tight ends enjoy the type of production they're having this year.
Tight ends are on their way to breaking positional records for receptions and yardage in a season. Through 10 weeks, tight ends have accounted for 1,307 catches for 14,798 yards.
They're on pace for 2,323 receptions and 26,307 yards. Last year's record-breaking totals were 2,249 receptions and 24,659 yards.
I pass this information along not to rehash the impressive contributions of New York Jets threat Dustin Keller, Miami Dolphins battler Anthony Fasano or remarkable New England Patriots rookies Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski.
Most notable to me is the Buffalo Bills aren't even close to tapping into this trend.
The Bills haven't gotten much production out of their tight ends for years. The Bills haven't had a tight end with at least 35 receptions since Jay Riemersma in 2001. Head coach Chan Gailey, a respected offensive mind, hasn't gotten much of his crew either.
Bills tights ends Jonathan Stupar, Shawn Nelson and David Martin have 11 catches for 90 yards and one touchdown combined.
Per-team tight end production is averaging out to 41 catches for 462 yards.
Nelson supposedly is Buffalo's most gifted receiving tight end. He missed the first four games while serving a suspension but has two catches for 16 yards in the five games since.