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Tight Ends

Aug. 10, 2009
Aug. 10, 2009

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Aug. 10, 2009

GOLF PLUS
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Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
PABLO SANDOVAL
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Tight Ends

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This is an article from the Aug. 10, 2009 issue

SI PLAYER RANKINGS FOR 2009 with 2008 statsRECEPTIONSRECEIVING YARDSRECEIVING YDS. PER GAME100-YD. GAMESTOUCHDOWNSBYE WEEK
1. Tony Gonzalez, Falcons961,05866.13104
2. Antonio Gates, Chargers6070444.0085
3. Jason Witten, Cowboys8195259.5246
4. Chris Cooley, Redskins8384953.1118
5. Anthony Fasano, Dolphins3445428.4076
6. Dallas Clark, Colts7784856.5266
7. John Carlson, Seahawks5562739.2157
8. Kevin Boss, Giants3338425.60610
9. Greg Olsen, Bears5457435.9055
10. Kellen Winslow, Buccaneers4342842.8138
11. Owen Daniels, Texans7086253.92210
12. Visanthe Shiancoe, Vikings4259637.3179
13. Brent Celek, Eagles2731819.9114
14. Vernon Davis, 49ers3135822.4026
15. Zach Miller, Raiders5677848.6019
16. Tony Scheffler, Broncos4064549.6037
17. Donald Lee, Packers3930318.9055
18. Heath Miller, Steelers4851436.7038
19. Bo Scaife, Titans5856135.1127
20. Dustin Keller, Jets4853533.4139
21. Desmond Clark, Bears4136722.9015
22. Marcedes Lewis, Jaguars4148930.6027
23. L.J. Smith, Ravens3729822.9037
24. Brandon Pettigrew, Lions*4247247.2007
25. Billy Miller, Saints4557938.6015
26. Jeremy Shockey, Saints5048340.3005
27. Randy McMichael, Rams1113934.8009
28. David Martin, Dolphins3145028.1036
29. Robert Royal, Browns3335123.4019
30. Ben Watson, Patriots2220914.9028
31. Daniel Graham, Broncos3238924.3047
32. Todd Heap, Ravens3540325.2037

*Rookie (collegestatistics)

TalkingPoints

• Tony Gonzalezis still the NFL's best receiving tight end. He may not duplicate last year'snumbers, but he'll still deliver more consistently than anyone else on theboard.

• The Cowboys aregoing to run more, and Jason Witten will see tougher coverage with TerrellOwens gone. That's why he's a clear third among the big three at thisposition.

ON THE RISE

• I love AnthonyFasano. Only Antonio Gates and Gonzalez had more TDs among tight ends lastyear, and I expect him to do even better this season. Though this is Fasano'sfourth year in the league, it's just his second season as Miami's primetarget.

• As a rookielast year John Carlson led Seattle receivers in catches, yards and TDs. Theclub's pass-catching unit will be stronger this season, but he's still anattractive option at a thin position.

• With theturnover in the Giants' receiving corps, Kevin Boss is a trusted hand at TE. Hedidn't have big reception numbers last year, but no tight end caught a higherpercentage of his passes inside the 20.

• Maybe KellenWinslow has disappointed in years past, but it's not a bad idea to grab a tightend on a team such as the Bucs, whose offense is in transition and whose QBwill be looking to his safety valve.

• Dustin Kellerlooked great as a rookie, but expect his production to drop this year. BrettFavre, who loves tight ends, is gone, and the Jets are going to run more.

ON THEDECLINE

• Jeremy Shockeyis a big name—to avoid. The former Pro Bowl player didn't catch a TD pass lastyear, in part because the Saints have so many better receivingoptions—including their other tight end, Billy Miller.

PHOTODAVID DECOTEAU/COURTESY OF MIAMI DOLPHINS (FASANO)PHOTOBOB ROSATO (SHOCKEY)