Breakout Player Recap: Tight End

The tight end is becoming a focal point in passing attacks more with every passing year. Due to this, many of them have the opportunity to showcase their abilities at a very frequent rate. The tight end breakout is becoming more frequent as the requirements of the position have evolved rapidly as teams are looking for guys who are 6’6 that can run like receivers. Here are the tight ends that I thought would breakout last year and what I wrote about them could be found here.

Jimmy Graham, Saints: Graham entered 2011 as a raw, former basketball who had showed flashes of brilliance as a rookie in 2010. By the end of the year, he was one of the league’s most feared offensive weapons catching 99 passes for 1,310 yards and 11 touchdowns. Graham developed into Drew Brees’ top target and considering that last year was only Graham’s third year of organized football, the sky is truly the limit.

Hit or miss: Hit

Rob Gronkowski, Patriots: Like Graham, the Gronk took his game to a completely different level this past season. He set the record for the most yards by a tight end in a single season with 1,327 to along with a ridiculous 17 touchdowns. On top of his 6’6 265 frame, Gronkowski is also a very strong blocker even though it’s his hands that make the most impact. The debate between Gronkowski and Graham as to who the league’s top tight end should be a fun one these next few years.

Hit or miss: Hit

Kevin Boss, Raiders: After the Raiders lost Zach Miller in free agency; it looked like Boss would be a sneaky offseason signing that would have a big impact. Boss didn’t have the impact many expected recording 28 catches for 368 yards and three touchdowns. He will look to contribute for another AFC West team in 2012 as the Chiefs signed him this offseason.

Hit or miss: Miss

Jared Cook, Titans: At 6’5 249 pounds with the ability to run a 4.5 40 yard dash, Cook is a freak of nature. After a strong finish to 2010, many projected Cook to take it to the next level. However, he did the same thing in 2011 as he was having a solid year until his final three games. In that span he caught 21 passes for 335 yards and a touchdown. With that line, Cook is likely going to be a popular breakout candidate in 2012 and at worst he will be an incredible asset to have for your fantasy football playoff run.

Hit or miss: Push

Dennis Pitta, Ravens: Pitta only started two games this past season as the Ravens have another young tight end in Ed Dickson. In the playing time he did get however, Pitta was efficient catching 40 passes for 405 yards and three touchdowns. He is a solid all around player with a good skill set for today’s NFL but it will be tough to see what he can fully do with Dickson also in the picture.

Hit or miss: Miss

Tony Moeaki, Chiefs: Moeaki showed flashes in his rookie season in 2010 but he didn’t even play a snap in 2011. This is because a torn ACL in a preseason game ended his season before it could begin. Moeaki if he comes back fully healthy should have a nice year in the Chiefs new look offense.

Hit or miss: Miss

Jermaine Gresham, Bengals: Gresham had a very productive 2011 but it wasn’t to the effect that many would have thought. He caught 56 passes for 596 yards and six touchdowns and was mainly used in the short passing game. Gresham is already a solid blocker but to take his game to the next level the Bengals have to find ways to get him open in the seams as those 15 yard plays will be there. Gresham played in the Pro Bowl as a replacement this past year but it won’t be long before he makes it on his own.

Hit or miss: Hit

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