TOP TIGHT END TANDEMS
1 The Bears' Desmond Clark has been the biggest tight
end surprise this year, and John Gilmore has seen red-zone duty.
2 The Patriots have played Ben Watson, Daniel Graham
and David Thomas together on the same snap.
3 The Redskins' Chris Cooley and Mike Sellers each
caught seven TDs last year but have none yet this season.
4 In April's NFL draft Dallas selected Notre Dame's ANTHONY FASANO with its
second-round pick. The move signaled a shift for the Cowboys: They would employ
more double-tight-end sets, pairing Fasano and JASON WITTEN (left), and fewer
three-receiver formations. The thinking was that defenses would stick to their
base 3--4 or 4--3 schemes against two tight ends, creating a more favorable
matchup than if the Cowboys had a third receiver facing a nickelback. So far it
has worked: In Week 2 against the Redskins, Fasano and Witten combined for
seven catches and 84 yards.
5 The Ravens' Todd Heap and Daniel Wilcox, who
combined for eight TDs in '05, already have three in '06.
6 Led by rookie Owen Daniels, the Texans (with Mark
Bruener and Jeb Putzier) have three red-zone options.
7 Ben Troupe was the Titan expected to have the
breakthrough year, but Bo Scaife has more catches and receiving yards.
8 Colts vet Dallas Clark leads a trio that includes
young talents Ben Utecht and Bryan Fletcher.
9 Lost in Kellen Winslow's comeback is the play of
Browns veteran Steve Heiden, who has five catches for 38 yards.
10 Outplayed by Anthony Becht in the first two weeks,
the Bucs' Alex Smith had 72 receiving yards on Sunday.