Buffalo Bills: Ranking the tight ends of the AFC East
By Rob Spehar
Find out where the Buffalo Bills tight ends rank within the AFC East.
The journey through the positions of the AFC East continues. This time around we stay on the offensive side of the ball and cover the multi-use position of the tight end.
The NFL has evolved rapidly over the last few years and with it so did the position of the tight end. This is a position that has not been highlighted in the NFL until recent years. Often seen as a hybrid player, they could line up as a potential receiver or as a run blocker. Expected to get those tight contested catches using their big bodies, especially in the red zone.
Also they should be able to help open those outside lanes for the running backs to help spring them for big gains. We cannot forget that many times, the tight end is a safety blanket for the quarterback to help get him out of a jam when the play falls apart. With all that in mind, there is a lot to be expected of a tight end.
Fo what seems like forever, the New England Patriots threw Rob Gronkowski at helpless defenses week after week. He was the quintessential tight end that was able to catch passes over the top with ease and roll over defenders to make way for his running backs. He was almost unstoppable. He made the position a popular one again and paved the way for new tight ends like Travis Kelce, George Kittle, Zach Ertz, and Mark Andrews. All of which are very fun to watch, quite athletic and very versatile. These guys bring their A-game every Sunday.
With the departure of Rob Gronkowski, the AFC East lacks the star power that many other divisions have. Yet, there are some that can play a key part in some of the offenses that are in the division. Along with the ranking of the tight end groups, this list makes note of the projected starters for each team in 2020. Let’s have a look and see what the AFC East has to offer.