Tight Ends

August 03, 2008

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SI PLAYER RANKINGS FOR 2008 with 2007 stats GAMES RECEPTIONS REC. YDS YDS/GM 100-YD GMS TOTAL TDs BYE WEEK
1. Jason Witten, Cowboys 16 96 1,145 71.6 4 7 10
2. Antonio Gates, Chargers 16 75 984 61.5 4 9 9
3. Kellen Winslow Jr., Browns 16 82 1,106 69.1 3 5 5
4. Tony Gonzalez, Chiefs 16 99 1,172 73.3 5 5 6
5. Alge Crumpler, Titans 14 42 444 31.7 0 5 6
6. Dallas Clark, Colts 15 58 616 41.1 0 11 4
7. Chris Cooley, Redskins 16 66 786 49.1 1 8 10
8. Todd Heap, Ravens 6 23 239 39.8 0 1 10
9. Heath Miller, Steelers 16 47 566 35.4 0 7 6
10. Tony Scheffler, Broncos 16 49 549 34.3 1 5 8
11. Zach Miller, Raiders 16 44 444 27.8 0 3 5
12. Jeremy Shockey, Saints 14 57 619 44.2 1 3 9
13. Owen Daniels, Texans 16 63 768 48.0 0 3 8
14. Vernon Davis, 49ers 14 52 509 36.4 0 4 9
15. Greg Olsen, Bears 14 39 391 27.9 0 2 8
16. Benjamin Watson, Patriots 12 36 389 32.4 1 6 4
17. Anthony Fasano, Dolphins 16 14 143 8.9 0 1 4
18. Ben Utecht, Bengals 14 31 364 26.0 0 1 8
19. Donald Lee, Packers 15 48 575 38.3 0 6 8
20. Kevin Boss, Giants 13 9 118 9.1 0 2 4
21. L.J. Smith, Eagles 10 22 236 23.6 0 1 7
22. Leonard Pope, Cardinals 13 23 238 18.3 0 5 7
23. Dustin Keller, Jets* 13 68 881 67.8 3 7 5
24. Desmond Clark, Bears 16 44 545 34.1 0 4 8
25. Randy McMichael, Rams 16 39 429 26.8 0 3 5
26. Chris Baker, Jets 15 41 409 27.3 0 3 5
27. Marcedes Lewis, Jaguars 16 37 391 24.4 0 2 7
28. Jeff King, Panthers 16 46 406 25.4 0 2 9
29. Alex Smith, Buccaneers 14 32 385 27.5 0 3 10
30. Robert Royal, Bills 16 25 248 15.5 0 3 6
31. Marcus Pollard, Patriots 14 28 273 19.5 0 2 4
32. John Carlson, Seahawks* 12 40 372 31.0 0 3 4

*Rookie (college statistics)

On the Rise

• ALGE CRUMPLER
Titans
The former Falcon needed a fresh start as badly as Vince Young needed this soft-handed receiver.

TONY SCHEFFLER
Broncos
His 49 catches and five TDs were the most for a Denver tight end since Shannon Sharpe in 2003.

ZACH MILLER
Raiders
The addition of WR Javon Walker will open up underneath routes for the sure-handed second-year man.

On the Decline

L.J. SMITH
Eagles
The oft-injured vet is a free agent in '09, so Philly will want to give its other options a look.

DESMOND CLARK
Bears
With TE Greg Olsen stepping up as the top receiver, this veteran will recede into the background.

CHRIS BAKER
Jets
Once seen as a promising pass catcher, he'll be relegated to blocking duties when rookie Dustin Keller settles in.

Sleepers

• BEN UTECHT
Bengals
Cincinnati's new starter caught 68 balls over the last two seasons as a reserve in Indianapolis.

LEONARD POPE
Cardinals
Despite amassing only 23 catches in his second season, he established himself as a red-zone target with five touchdowns in 13 games.

ANTHONY FASANO
Dolphins
Jason Witten's ex-caddie will get more opportunity in his new home to display the pass-catching skills he showed at Notre Dame.

PHOTODONN JONES (CRUMPLER) PHOTOFRANK VICTORES/US PRESSWIRE (UTECHT)

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