The Huddle on Facebook Facebook   The Huddle on Twitter Twitter   The Huddle Mobile Mobile Welcome, Guest. You are not logged in.JOINHELP
HOME FANTASY DRAFT KIT IN SEASON ARTICLES NEWS STATS FORUMS TEAMS PLAYERS NFL DRAFT NFL ABOUT myHuddle

FANTASY FOOTBALL ARTICLES

Sizing Up the Tight Ends
David Dorey
June 23, 2008
Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Wide Receivers | Tight Ends
Print this page
# Team Name Ht. Wt. Age Exp.
1 DAL Jason Witten 6'5'' 265 26 5
2 SD Antonio Gates 6'4'' 260 28 5
3 KC Tony Gonzalez 6'5'' 251 32 11
4 CLE Kellen Winslow 6'4'' 248 25 4
5 IND Dallas Clark 6'3'' 252 29 5
6 WAS Chris Cooley 6'3'' 249 26 4
7 PIT Heath Miller 6'5'' 256 26 3
8 HOU Owen Daniels 6'3'' 247 26 2
9 GB Donald Lee 6'4'' 248 28 5
10 DEN Tony Scheffler 6'5'' 250 25 2
    Average Top 10 6'4" 252 27 5

Height - As expected, the top tight ends are certainly tall and realize that these are receiving tight ends - not just blocking tight ends that tend to be even bigger. The average of 6'4" is actually shorter than the average of all tight ends. Most tight ends are 6'5" or even taller but you need the slightly smaller size to get speed enough to matter as a receiver. Not like they are not already far taller than most any defender. The average height is the same this year as in 2007 and pretty much every year.

Weight - Just like other seasons, there is really not much variation in weight for top tight ends. The average weight is exactly the same from 2007. Surprisingly the two heaviest (Witten and Gates) were the most successful but after those two, all top receiving tight ends came in between 247 and 258 pounds. Small window there.

Age/Experience - Tight ends are like running backs in that they peak around 27 years old with about five years experience. Gonzalez was the only tight end with more than five years experience. Some tight ends start to matter as early as their second year. This is indicative of the gradual change in the NFL to include the tight ends more in the passing scheme as well as the college ranks producing better players in the position. It is notable too that Jeremy Shockey and Todd Heap were injured last year and would have likely increased the age/experience had they been healthy.

Drafted Team Name Ht. Wt. Age
1.30 NYJ Dustin Keller 6'4'' 240 24
2.07 SEA John Carlson 6'6'' 255 24
2.17 WAS Fred Davis 6'4'' 250 22
2.30 DAL Martellus Bennett 6'7'' 253 21
3.13 KC Brad Cottam 6'8'' 270 24
3.22 TEN Craig Stevens 6'5'' 254 24
3.28 GB Jermichael Finley 6'5'' 240 21
4.12 CLE Martin Rucker 6'6'' 255 23
4.28 IND Jacob Tamme 6'4'' 232 23
4.33 BUF Derek Fine 6'3'' 245 25
5.06 CAR Gary Barnidge 6'6'' 234 23
5.23 CHI Kellen Davis 6'7'' 262 23
6.30 IND Tom Santi 6'4'' 248 23
6.41 CIN Matthew Sherry 6'4'' 255 24
7.25 ATL Keith Zinger 6'4'' 250 24
7.32 KC Mike Merritt 6'3'' 270 24

This season there are really only four main rookie tight ends of note for 2008 - Keller, Carlson, Davis and posibly Finley. What is notable is that the college ranks are producing more recieving tight ends and they are tending to be smaller. Both Keller and Finley are only 240 pounds - more like a heavy wide receiver. But that translates into speed and those four are all 6'4" or more.

Team Name Ht. Wt. Age Exp. Team Name Ht. Wt. Age Exp.
ARI Leonard Pope 6'8'' 258 25 3 MIN Visanthe Shiancoe 6'4'' 250 28 6
ATL Martrez Milner 6'4'' 260 24 2 NE Benjamin Watson 6'3'' 255 28 5
BAL Todd Heap 6'5'' 252 28 8 NO Eric Johnson 6'3'' 252 29 8
BUF Robert Royal 6'4'' 255 30 7 NYG Jeremy Shockey 6'5'' 251 28 7
CAR Jeff King 6'3'' 260 25 3 NYG Kevin Boss 6'6'' 253 24 2
CHI Desmond Clark 6'3'' 249 31 10 NYJ Chris Baker 6'3'' 258 29 7
CHI Greg Olsen 6'5'' 252 23 2 NYJ Dustin Keller 6'4'' 240 24 0
CIN Reggie Kelly 6'4'' 250 31 10 OAK Zach Miller 6'5'' 255 23 2
CIN Ben Utecht 6'6'' 251 27 5 PHI L.J. Smith 6'3'' 258 28 6
CLE Kellen Winslow 6'4'' 248 25 5 PIT Heath Miller 6'5'' 256 26 4
DAL Jason Witten 6'5'' 265 26 6 SD Antonio Gates 6'4'' 260 28 6
DEN Tony Scheffler 6'5'' 250 25 3 SEA John Carlson 6'6'' 255 24 0
DET Dan Campbell 6'5'' 262 32 9 SF Vernon Davis 6'3'' 253 24 3
DET Michael Gaines 6'3'' 277 28 5 STL Randy McMichael 6'3'' 255 29 7
GB Donald Lee 6'4'' 248 28 6 TB Jerramy Stevens 6'7'' 260 29 7
GB Jermichael Finley 6'5'' 240 21 0 TB Ben Troupe 6'4'' 270 26 5
HOU Owen Daniels 6'3'' 247 26 3 TB Alex Smith 6'4'' 258 26 4
IND Dallas Clark 6'3'' 252 29 6 TEN Alge Crumpler 6'2'' 262 31 8
JAC Marcedes Lewis 6'6'' 265 24 3 TEN Bo Scaife 6'3'' 249 27 4
KC Tony Gonzalez 6'5'' 251 32 12 WAS Chris Cooley 6'3'' 249 26 5
MIA Anthony Fasano 6'4'' 258 24 3 WAS Fred Davis 6'4'' 250 22 0

Height Weight Age Experience
Leonard Pope 6'8'' Michael Gaines 277 Dan Campbell 32 Tony Gonzalez 12
Jerramy Stevens 6'7'' Ben Troupe 270 Tony Gonzalez 32 Desmond Clark 10
Ben Utecht 6'6'' Jason Witten 265 Desmond Clark 31 Reggie Kelly 10
Marcedes Lewis 6'6'' Marcedes Lewis 265 Reggie Kelly 31 Dan Campbell 9
Kevin Boss 6'6'' Dan Campbell 262 Alge Crumpler 31 Todd Heap 8
John Carlson 6'6'' Alge Crumpler 262 Robert Royal 30 Eric Johnson 8
Todd Heap 6'5'' Martrez Milner 260 Dallas Clark 29 Alge Crumpler 8
Greg Olsen 6'5'' Jeff King 260 Eric Johnson 29 Robert Royal 7
Jason Witten 6'5'' Antonio Gates 260 Chris Baker 29 Jeremy Shockey 7
Tony Scheffler 6'5'' Jerramy Stevens 260 Randy McMichael 29 Chris Baker 7
Dan Campbell 6'5'' Leonard Pope 258 Jerramy Stevens 29 Randy McMichael 7
Jermichael Finley 6'5'' Anthony Fasano 258 Todd Heap 28 Jerramy Stevens 7
Tony Gonzalez 6'5'' Chris Baker 258 Michael Gaines 28 Jason Witten 6
Jeremy Shockey 6'5'' L.J. Smith 258 Donald Lee 28 Donald Lee 6
Zach Miller 6'5'' Alex Smith 258 Visanthe Shiancoe 28 Dallas Clark 6
Heath Miller 6'5'' Heath Miller 256 Benjamin Watson 28 Visanthe Shiancoe 6
Martrez Milner 6'4'' Robert Royal 255 Jeremy Shockey 28 L.J. Smith 6
Robert Royal 6'4'' Benjamin Watson 255 L.J. Smith 28 Antonio Gates 6
Reggie Kelly 6'4'' Zach Miller 255 Antonio Gates 28 Ben Utecht 5
Kellen Winslow 6'4'' John Carlson 255 Ben Utecht 27 Kellen Winslow 5
Donald Lee 6'4'' Randy McMichael 255 Bo Scaife 27 Michael Gaines 5
Anthony Fasano 6'4'' Kevin Boss 253 Jason Witten 26 Benjamin Watson 5
Visanthe Shiancoe 6'4'' Vernon Davis 253 Owen Daniels 26 Ben Troupe 5
Dustin Keller 6'4'' Todd Heap 252 Heath Miller 26 Chris Cooley 5
Antonio Gates 6'4'' Greg Olsen 252 Ben Troupe 26 Heath Miller 4
Ben Troupe 6'4'' Dallas Clark 252 Alex Smith 26 Alex Smith 4
Alex Smith 6'4'' Eric Johnson 252 Chris Cooley 26 Bo Scaife 4
Fred Davis 6'4'' Ben Utecht 251 Leonard Pope 25 Leonard Pope 3
Jeff King 6'3'' Tony Gonzalez 251 Jeff King 25 Jeff King 3
Desmond Clark 6'3'' Jeremy Shockey 251 Kellen Winslow 25 Tony Scheffler 3
Michael Gaines 6'3'' Reggie Kelly 250 Tony Scheffler 25 Owen Daniels 3
Owen Daniels 6'3'' Tony Scheffler 250 Martrez Milner 24 Marcedes Lewis 3
Dallas Clark 6'3'' Visanthe Shiancoe 250 Marcedes Lewis 24 Anthony Fasano 3
Benjamin Watson 6'3'' Fred Davis 250 Anthony Fasano 24 Vernon Davis 3
Eric Johnson 6'3'' Desmond Clark 249 Kevin Boss 24 Martrez Milner 2
Chris Baker 6'3'' Bo Scaife 249 Dustin Keller 24 Greg Olsen 2
L.J. Smith 6'3'' Chris Cooley 249 John Carlson 24 Kevin Boss 2
Vernon Davis 6'3'' Kellen Winslow 248 Vernon Davis 24 Zach Miller 2
Randy McMichael 6'3'' Donald Lee 248 Greg Olsen 23 Jermichael Finley 0
Bo Scaife 6'3'' Owen Daniels 247 Zach Miller 23 Dustin Keller 0
Chris Cooley 6'3'' Jermichael Finley 240 Fred Davis 22 John Carlson 0
Alge Crumpler 6'2'' Dustin Keller 240 Jermichael Finley 21 Fred Davis 0

Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Wide Receivers | Tight Ends

Related Articles

Ease of Schedule 2.0 Passing
Ease of Schedule 2.0 Rushing
Consistency Rankings
2008 Coaching Changes and Their Fantasy Impact
2008 NFL Draft Fantasy Review
a d v e r t i s e m e n t