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Tight Ends
Peter King
July 25, 2005
Because there are so few high-scoring tight ends, picking Antonio Gates or Tony Gonzalez in the third or fourth round gives you a big advantage over someone who selects a wide receiver with basically the same statistics. Sleepers abound here (see Gates and Jason Witten last season), so seriously consider drafting a backup. That way, if he pans out, you can trade one of your tight ends for help at another position.
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July 25, 2005

Tight Ends

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YARDS PER GAME TDS
1. Antonio Gates, Chargers 64.3 13
2. Tony Gonzalez, Chiefs 78.6 7
3. Alge Crumpler, Falcons 55.3 6
4. Jason Witten, Cowboys Team-high 87 catches; one yard short of most receiving yards 61.2 6
5. Dallas Clark, Colts 28.2 5
6. Ben Watson, Patriots 16.0 0
7. Chris Cooley, Redskins 19.6 6
8. Bubba Franks, Packers 22.6 7
9. Jermaine Wiggins, Vikings Among the best short-yardage receivers; has size, power to shed would-be tacklers 50.4 4
10. Jeremy Shockey, Giants 44.4 6
11. L.J. Smith, Eagles 23.6 5
12. Randy McMichael, Dolphins 49.4 4
13. Ben Troupe, Titans 23.5 1
14. Todd Heap, Ravens 50.5 3
15. Jeb Putzier, Broncos 35.8 2
16. Steve Heiden, Browns Beneficiary of Kellen Winslow's injuries; had career high in TDs last season 22.1 5
17. Daniel Graham, Patriots 26.0 7
18. Heath Miller, Steelers* 45.1 5
19. Matt Schobel, Bengals 12.6 4
20. Jim Kleinsasser, Vikings 24.0 0
21. Erron Kinney, Titans 21.4 3
22. Doug Jolley, Jets 19.6 2
23. Eric Johnson, 49ers Receiving duties diminish in Niners' new run-oriented offense 51.6 2
24. Jerramy Stevens, Seahawks 21.8 3
25. Marcus Pollard, Lions 23.8 6
26. Mark Campbell, Bills 16.9 5
27. Teyo Johnson, Raiders 16.4 2
28. Brandon Manumaleuna, Rams Rarely registers on Marc Bulger's radar in high-powered Rams offense 10.9 1
29. Anthony Becht, Bucs 6.2 1
30. Shad Meier, Saints 9.1 2
31. Alex Smith, Bucs* 64.2 3
32. Billy Miller, Texans 11.1 1

Because there are so few high-scoring tight ends, picking Antonio Gates or Tony Gonzalez in the third or fourth round gives you a big advantage over someone who selects a wide receiver with basically the same statistics. Sleepers abound here (see Gates and Jason Witten last season), so seriously consider drafting a backup. That way, if he pans out, you can trade one of your tight ends for help at another position.

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