Top 5 Tight Ends For The 2014-2015 NFL Season
In my previous articles, I covered all of the skill positions, now it is time to focus on the tight ends and look at the ones who will have the biggest impacts on the upcoming season. It is no secret that Jimmy Graham is the top tight end in the league, but with Rob Gronkowski unable to stay healthy, the rest of the rankings is up in the air. Here is my top 5 tight ends for this season:
1. Jimmy Graham-New Orleans Saints
Graham is on pace to be one of the best tight ends in NFL History, and is surely to have another huge season coming up. Coming off a season in which Graham had 86 catches for 1215 yards and 16 touchdowns, Graham has been one of the, if not the biggest part of the Saints success, and will be Drew Brees’ top target again this season. Graham had a conflict with his contract situation over the offseason, but I do not expect that to hinder his play this season. Look for another huge season out of Graham that will only further solidify his place among the best tight ends in history.
2. Rob Gronkowski-New England Patriots
Even with his injury concerns, Gronk always puts up big numbers when he is on the field, and if he can stay healthy, he is easily the second best tight end in the league. In seven games last season, Gronkowski caught 39 passes for 592 yards and 7 touchdowns. The Patriots need Gronkowski to stay healthy if they have a chance at getting to the Super Bowl this season, and for the first time in a couple years, it seems as if he is finally 100%. If he can stay in one piece, look for a huge season out of Gronk.
3. Julius Thomas-Denver Broncos
Thomas burst on to the scene last season, with only one reception prior to last year. Coming off his breakout season of 65 catches for 788 yards and 12 touchdowns, Thomas quickly became one of Peyton Manning’s favorite targets, and figures to be a large part of their offense this season. Thomas is a physical freak and has all the tools to be one of the top tight ends for years to come, and this season he will prove that last season was no fluke.
4. Jordan Cameron-Cleveland Browns
Cameron is another player who really burst onto the scene last year, breaking out for 80 catches for 917 yards and 7 touchdowns. With the Browns’ quarterback situation in a limbo and Josh Gordon facing a year long suspension, Cameron will be one of the most important pieces on this Browns team who has the potential to compete for a division title this season. Look for Cameron to be the top target for whoever ends up being the Browns quarterback, especially if Gordon has to sit out the season.
5. Vernon Davis-San Francisco 49ers
Davis is the veteran of this list and has been one of the best tight ends in the league since he entered nine years ago. He was the favorite red zone target for Colin Kaepernick, catching 52 passes for 850 yards and 13 touchdowns, many of them coming within the red zone. Some of those stats may drop with Michael Crabtree healthy and Stevie Johnson in the fold now, but Davis is still one of the top tight ends in the league and will continue to be the top target for Kaepernick in the red zone, so his value remains high.