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Tight ends more important than ever

Teams lacking quality at the postion will be hard-pressed to thrive in pass-heavy league

Originally Published: October 5, 2011
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Statistically, NFL tight ends are making more of an impact than ever before.

Last season, for example, tight ends broke the records for receptions (2,256), receiving yards (24,969) and touchdowns (190). Now, tight ends are becoming so important, offenses can't win without them.

Eighteen tight ends are on pace for 50-catch seasons, which would be yet another record. But the interesting thing is that 13 of the top 14 pass-catching tight ends are on teams that are 2-2 or better. ...

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