Last year tight ends such as Vishante Shiancoe and Anthony Fasano broke out and became key targets in the passing game. Both Shiancoe and Fasano emerged on teams that weren’t very deep at receiver and should continue to contribute. Here are some tight ends that I think will breakout this year.
John Carlson Seahawks: Carlson had a very impressive rookie season recording 627 yards and five touchdowns. Those numbers should improve this year as the Seahawks receiving corps is finally healthy and got stronger with the addition of TJ Houshmandzadeh. Don’t be surprised if Carlson has around 800 yards and seven touchdowns this season.
Greg Olsen Bears: Olsen was on my breakout list last season, but he should truly breakout in his third season. He now has a reliable quarterback who can get him the ball in Jay Cutler and the Bears don’t have many receivers who will take opportunities away from him. It wouldn’t be surprising if Olsen made his first Pro Bowl appearence this season.
Brent Celek Eagles: Celek showed flashes of potential last season catching ten passes along with two touchdowns in the NFC Championship. Now that LJ Smith is gone, Celek will be the starter and could have a very big impact. He is a large target with soft hands who will become one of Donovan McNabb’s favorite weapons in the red zone.
Dustin Keller Jets: By the end of last year, Keller started showing the potential that could make him a great tight end. Regardless of who starts between Kellen Clemens and Mark Sanchez, a young quarterback will be throwing him the ball and Keller is an excellent safety option. Keller is already one of the better young tight ends in the game and it wouldn’t be surprising if he goes to the Pro Bowl this year.
Kevin Boss Giants: Coming out of a school such as Western Oregon, not many fans know who Boss is. That’s about to change this year. Even though the receiving corps was addressed this offseason through the draft, the position is still very weak going into the year. As hard as it is to believe, Boss led the team with six touchdown catches last season. Boss should get even more looks this year and will be Eli Manning’s primary target until somebody else steps up.