Written and authored by National Football League Expert Analyst Greg Nelson. Charliessports.com produces it for Football news and notes.
Pass happy NFL teams just added some punch to their arsenal with tight ends making a huge impact. It all started on Thursday Night’s opener with the New England Patriots. The Tom Brady to Rob Gronkowski combination was the difference in New England’s 28-21 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. “GRONK” was nearly unstoppable, catching three touchdown passes in the contest. Coaches throughout the league must have been drawing up schemes while viewing the Thursday Night opener. Sunday was a big day for pass catching tight ends league wide.
The Kansas City Chiefs beat the Houston Texans 27-20 and Kansas City head coach Andy Reid exposed the Houston defense with his own version of Gronkowski. Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce scored the first two touchdowns of the game and had six catches for 106 yards in the victory. The University of Cincinnati product was wide open on a 42-yards touchdown from quarterback Alex Smith with a little over four minutes left in the first quarter. The St.Louis Rams exposed the Seattle Seahawks secondary with passes to tight ends Jared Cook and Lance Kendricks. Cook led all receivers in the game with eight five catches for eight five yards and was open various times in the Rams upset win. Kendricks was wide open on a fade route to tie the game up in the fourth quarter. Seattle countered with All-Pro tight end Jimmy Graham who scored a touchdown in the loss. The Russell Wilson to Graham combination will keep Seattle in every game this season. It seemed a few years ago the position was on the verge on non-existence. The wide receiver friendly league has become pass happy and league officials put offense productivity first. Many coaches have found that big, fast and athletic pass catcher who can block is a luxury.
The Cincinnati Bengals found a way to get their tight end involved in the opener. Tyler Eifert caught a pair of touchdowns and has over 100-yards in receptions in the Bengals win at Oakland. With the emergence of the Notre Dame University alumni. Cincinnati will expose opposing defenses which will be good news for wideout A.J. Green. The Baltimore Ravens lost at Denver but found out they have a potential star tight end, Maxx Williams. The rookie second-round draft choice caught a couple of crucial passes. Veteran Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten caught the game-winning pass from Tony Romo in the finals seconds of the Sunday Night win against the New York Giants. Fantasy football players nationwide may not have noticed the production at the position. They will soon find out how crucial the position is for success.
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