Here is a very versatile position. They can block. They can run routes. They can catch. They can jump high. They are extremely dangerous in the middle of the field and the red zone. The tight end position has seen a few great names, which includes these five:
Dec 23, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates (85) runs for a touchdown after catching a pass from San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) during the second half at MetLIfe Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
5. Antonio Gates (Chargers)
One of a couple of great tight ends to come out of San Diego, Antonio Gates provided a huge threat in the Chargers passing game in the mid to late 2000s, and was a huge part of Phillip Rivers’ and the rest of the offensive success. He was heralded as one of, if not the best tight end during this time as well, with a great mixture of receiving abilities and blocking abilities. He is currently in the decline of his career, but this is one career that is most definitely worthy of a bust in Canton one day.
4. Vernon Davis (49ers)
He has been there for the good and bad times in the Bay Area, and has been a good part of it. A lot of us remember the game-winning TD catch in the 2011 Divisional Playoffs against the Saints, but there were really bad times in San Fran before that, and he was possibly the only bright spot on that team. He is the one that really started the deep threat tight end trend we see today with stars like Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham. Starting with him, the tight ends of today are more like receivers. They are a lot faster and get open a lot more. He should most definitely have a bust in Canton when he retires.