Tight Ends (7)

Tony Gonzalez, Shannon Sharpe.

Modern Positional Average

Tight Ends: Tony Gonzalez, Shannon Sharpe.

Please note that there are only two Tight Ends who have been inducted in the last fifteen seasons and we will base the average only on these two players.

Stats

  • Games 237
  • Approximate Value 126.5
  • AV/G 0.5338
  • Pro Bowls 11
  • First Team All-Pros 5
  • Receiving Yards 12593.5
  • Receiving Touchdowns 86.5
  • Receptions 1025
Witten was likely a Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee as it stood, but he came out of retirement to rejoin the Cowboys.  Padding his already impressive statistics likely won’t hurt, but even if he has a bad season in his comeback it isn’t going to hurt him.

Stats

  • Games 239 (+2)
  • Approximate Value 114 (-12.5)
  • AV/G 0.4770 (-0.0568)
  • Pro Bowls 11
  • First Team All-Pros 2 (-3)
  • Receiving Yards 12448 (-145.5)
  • Receiving Touchdowns 68 (-18.5)
  • Receptions 1152 (+127)
The current leader in Touchdown Receptions is a free agent after playing all of his career with the San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers.  Gates was very good in his first half and good enough in his second half of his career.  If he can latch on with another team and get to 12,000 Yards it wouldn’t hurt, but this is a position that is hard pressed to see inductees.

Stats

  • Games 236 (-1)
  • Approximate Value 127 (+0.5)
  • AV/G 0.5381 (+0.0043)
  • Pro Bowls 8 (-3)
  • First Team All-Pros 3 (-2)
  • Receiving Yards 11841 (-752.5)
  • Receiving Touchdowns 116 (+29.5)
  • Receptions 955 (-70)
Graham’s stock is treading water but if he can get his sixth Pro Bowl in what will be his first year in Green Bay it can increase his chance. 

Stats

  • Games 137 (-100)
  • Approximate Value 66 (-60.5)
  • AV/G 0.4818 (-0.052)
  • Pro Bowls 5 (-6)
  • First Team All-Pros 1 (-4)
  • Receiving Yards 7436 (-5157.5)
  • Receiving Touchdowns 71 (-15.5)
  • Receptions 611 (-414)
The retirement of Rob Gronkowski ensures that right now that Travis Kelce has to be considered the best Tight End in Football.  Kelce is well over the AV/G for his position, but Tight Ends really need to compile stats in this era.

Stats

  • Games 80 (-157)
  • Approximate Value 53 (-73.5)
  • AV/G 0.6625 (+0.1287)
  • Pro Bowls 4 (-7)
  • First Team All-Pros 2 (-3)
  • Receiving Yards 5236 (-7357.5)
  • Receiving Touchdowns 32 (-54.5)
  • Receptions 410 (-615)
Olsen is running out of time to make a serious Canton push.  His last Pro Bowl was in 2016.

Stats

  • Games 174 (-63)
  • Approximate Value 70 (-56.5)
  • AV/G 0.4023 (-0.1315)
  • Pro Bowls 3 (-8)
  • First Team All-Pros 0 (-5)
  • Receiving Yards 7847 (-4746.5)
  • Receiving Touchdowns 57 (-29.5)
  • Receptions 666 (-359)
Walker was injured most of last year but his three Pro Bowls were in the three years previous.

Stats

  • Games 176 (-61)
  • Approximate Value 45 (-81.5)
  • AV/G 0.2557 (-0.2781)
  • Pro Bowls 3 (-8)
  • First Team All-Pros 0 (-5)
  • Receiving Yards 5673 (-6920.5)
  • Receiving Touchdowns 34 (-52.5)
  • Receptions 483 (-542)