Thursday, November 12, 2009
AFC West tight ends are playing well
By Bill Williamson
Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson
Scouts Inc.'s package on tight ends allows us a chance to visit the position at the midway point. There is some good tight end play in this division:
Denver: The Broncos have two solid tight ends in Daniel Graham and Tony Scheffler. Graham is a premier blocking tight end and Scheffler is a receiving tight end. Scheffler had a big game against San Diego last month as he had six catches for 101 yards. He is capable of these types of games. Denver needs to get Scheffler, who has 18 catches this season, more involved.
Kansas City: Oh, what used to be. Kansas City used to be the center of the tight end universe. But Tony Gonzalez, the NFL's best tight end, was traded to the Falcons. New Kansas City coach Todd Haley doesn’t use his tight ends much and the position really isn’t a factor for the team. Sean Ryan has 14 catches for 135 yards in eight starts.
Oakland: Zach Miller is on the cusp of becoming a Pro Bowl player. He is outstanding. He is a game-breaker. Miller has terrific hands and he is an underrated blocker. He is the only player Oakland quarterback JaMarcus Russell seems to have chemistry with. Miller has 28 catches and is averaging 15 yards per catch.
San Diego: Antonio Gates is still a premier player at this position. He is a reliable target for Philip Rivers and he’s still a clutch performer. Gates has 42 catches for 590 yards and is on pace for the second highest catch total and the highest yardage total of his career.