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Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Ranking the AFC West tight ends

By Bill Williamson

Our AFC West positional rankings continue with a look at an underwhelming group of tight ends:

1. Antonio Gates, San Diego: Gates is not longer an elite player, but he is by far the most dangerous one on this list.

2. Jacob Tamme, Denver: Tamme is not flashy, but he does a lot of things well -- and he has chemistry with Peyton Manning.

3. Anthony Fasano, Kansas City: He is an underrated type who always gives a solid effort.

4. Joel Dreessen, Denver: He can stretch the field and is a solid rotational player.

5. Tony Moeaki, Kansas City: Injuries have hurt his career. Moeaki has big talent, but can’t stay on field.

6. John Phillips, San Diego: The Chargers are excited about this premier blocker. Not a stats guy, but he will help.

7. Ladarius Green, San Diego: We are into the "has potential" portion of this list. Green, 23 and entering his second season, could replace Gates some day.

8. Travis Kelce, Kansas City: I have a feeling the new Chiefs regime will give Kelce a chance to play a lot as a rookie.

9. David Ausberry, Oakland: Ausberry gets first crack, but he hasn’t shown much. Sixth-round picks Nick Kasa and Mychal Rivera are awaiting their chances.

10. Richard Gordon, Oakland: See above.

11. Virgil Green, Denver: He has skills, but has to take next step. Perhaps fellow young Denver tight end Julius Thomas can stay healthy and get on this list next year.