Here are the top ten tight ends in the NFL this season, in no particular order.
Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints – The best tight end in the game hands down. I remember when he was playing football at Miami for the first year. He dropped a crucial pass late in the game against North Carolina. I thought to myself, I’m not sure he’s going to make it. I was wrong lol.
Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots – I don’t care if he’s been injured the past two seasons. Who is a better blocker and receiver at his position?
Charles Clay, Miami Dolphins – Finally became a full-time tight end after playing fullback and h-back the past two seasons. His speed and quickness makes him perfect for today’s NFL.
Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys – Last year his receptions and yardage took a hit but he still found a way to snag 8 touchdowns.
Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers – Easily the most athletic tight end in the game. Imagine his stats if him and Jimmy Graham swapped teams.
Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers – He’s still got it.
Jermaine Greshman, Cincinnati Bengals – Once Andy Dalton and Gresham decide to get on the same page, watch his numbers go through the roof.
Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns – Johnny Football, meet your blankey.
Joseph Fauria, Detroit Lions – Only started two games as a rookie and still came down with 7 touchdowns.
Julius Thomas, Denver Broncos – 2013 was a breakout season in year three for Thomas. He caught 12 touchdowns last year, expect that number to reach 15 this season.Read more
The big uglies never get any love but they anchor the offense. Here are the top offensive lineman of 2014 in no particular order.
Duane Brown, G Houston Texans – Only had five penalties, 4 false starts and only allowed 6 sacks in 16 games.
Joe Thomas, T Cleveland Browns – Pure technician out there. He’d get more love if he didn’t play in Cleveland.
Marshall Yanda, G Baltimore Ravens – Went on a streak were he didn’t give up a sack in 22 games.
Trent Williams, T Washington Redskins – He’s got the athleticism of a tight end and he’s nastier than a public restroom.
Jason Peters, T Philadelphia Eagles – Consistency begins and ends with Peters.
Tyron Smith, T Dallas Cowboys – You’re blind side is safer with Smith than it is inside a Volkswagen.
Joe Staley, T San Francisco 49ers – One of the best tackles in the game. Plays the game with a nasty streak like a linebacker.
Evan Mathis, C Philadelphia Eagles – He only gave up two sacks last season.
Russell Okung T, Seattle Seahawks – When healthy, he’s one of the best in the game.
Ryan Kalil, C Carolina Panthers – He didn’t give up any sacks at all last season.Read more
Here are the Top 10 college football lineman to lookout for this season in no particular order.
A.J. Cann – 6’3″ 318 lbs, OG, South Carolina – 38 Career starts and has only missed one game in his career. Preseason All-American candidate.
La’el Collins – 6’5″ 315, OT, LSU – Extremely aggressive. Attacks defensive lineman. Better pass blocker than run blocker.
Cedric Ogbuehi – 6’5″ 300 lbs, OT, Texas A&M – Most athletic lineman in college football.
Robert Kugler, 6’3″ 298 lbs, C, Purdue – Underrated, but damn good.
Shane McDermott, 6’4″ 296 lbs, C, Miami – Very smart offensive lineman. Always makes the right call against the blitz.
Jarvis Harrison, 6’3″ 325 lbs, OG, Texas A&M – All the talent in the world. If he can put it together this season, he’ll be a top pick.
Brandon Scherff, 6’5″ 320 lbs, OT, Iowa – Stops all pass rushers almost before they even get started up the field.
Andrus Peat, 6’7″ 312 lbs, OT, Stanford – Long arms keep the defensive ends away. Light for a tackle, but perfect for today’s new NFL.
Hroniss Grasu, 6’3″ 297 lbs, C, Oregon – Part athlete, Part technican. All-American and All-first rounder in the 2015 NFL draft.
Cameron Erving, 6’5″ 304lbs, OT, Florida State – He shut out Vic Beasley last season with ease.Read more
Just watched the third episode of the Falcons on Hard Knocks. Here we go!
Shit. Uh oh, knee surgery. That’s never good. Speedy recovery to Marquis Spruill.
A hammer! Goodness gracious. Now, they’re putting screws in his knees.
Yeah I never want any kind of knee injury….EVER!
Spruill only had an ACL injury. How in the hell did Adrian Peterson recover from tearing two ligaments in his knee?
Ok, Steven Jackson is in the tub again. The savvy vet is milking this hamstring injury so he can skip out of training camp. I’m sure of it!
Now, there’s a Julio montage! He’s looking good. Ready for a Pro Bowl season I hope.
What is this dollar game they’re playing and why the hell did it escape my youth! It’s amazing.
Roddy White sucks at the dollar game. Amazing how an NFL WRs hands aren’t quick enough for this game.
Quote of the show, “Amsterdamn! You can speak four languages but can’t figure out to change that route?” – Falcons WR coach Terry Robiskie
Coach Brian Cox told his players to stay away from his daughter, but he didn’t say that to me! (Evil blogger laugh).
Brian Cox started having sex when he was 10!!!!!
LMAOO! Theo Agnew is friends with Coach Cox’s daughter on IG? You cannot make this stuff up.
Coach Mike Smith is highly perturbed about these penalties. Don’t be too upset coach, it’s a league wide epidemic.
I’m not sure if they’re in Flowery Branch or Firery Branch. Either way it’s hot as fish grease out there right now.
No breakfast, no practice for Devonta.
So no pads in training camp is essentially the equivalent of a Summer Friday in the NFL.
William Moore may not be from Texas, but this freestyle he laced was dripping with nothing but Texas. The entire DNA of the freestyle was Texas. Listen to it “off the dome”, “wrecking Mo’”, “Super Tight”.
Why the hell is Harry Douglas bounce passing the bowling ball.
Look at T.J. Yates returning to Houston. Man, being the backup QB has to be the best job, ever. They always get so much love.
Kudos to the HBO Hard Knocks team. Marvelous work by the Director of Photography and the Director. Bruce Matthews just showed up to watch is 1st round draft pick son, Jake. And then they cut to a low shot of J.J. Watt, the Pro Bowl defensive end/evil villian who will be kicking Jake’s ass today.
D.J. Swearinger has a lot of energy.
So the fight was Harry’s fault according to Coach Robiskie. I love how Mike Smith and Coach Robiskie are talking about Douglas as if he’s not two feet away from them.
I’m going to go out on a limb and say the Falcons tight end coach never not only never played tight end, but looks like he’s never played football either. It’s not a prerequisite of course, but always just kinda weird.
Great moment. Matt Ryan overthrows the tight end coach’s son, but the little guy made a great one handed catch.
Why are the linebackers having a sing along with ukuleles?
Coach Tice tells his offensive tackle, Sam Baker, that J.J. Watt isn’t playing. What did Baker come back with?
“Huh, 99′s not playing? Umm…what about 90 (Jadeveon Clowney).
Yeah, #90 is playing.
Swearinger is STILL talking.
Shit. Sam Baker just got hurt. Umm…Jake, you’re up kid.
T.J. Yates is not looking good at all. Remember what I said about the backup QB. They love you until you start playing. You’re the backup for a reason.
LOL, Justin Blalock, is like a lil kid who got in trouble right now. “We’re going to have practice on the plane.”Read more
“While the NFL has reportedly narrowed its list of possible acts for this year’s Super Bowl halftime performance to Coldplay, Rihanna, and Katy Perry, the league is also apparently considering another move–charging the artist to perform. With the hefty leverage of 115 million people watching, the NFL has reportedly asked if each performer would cough up some cash if chosen. The NFL asked them if they’d be “willing to contribute a portion of their post-Super Bowl tour income to the league, or if they would make some other type of financial contribution.” According to the report, all three artists have said no so far.” via The Daily Beast
Here are my thoughts.
1. Sure the heavyweights so far have said no, but who’s to say someone that’s maybe an A- star or even B+ star wouldn’t one day say yes.
2. It’s not too bad of an idea if you have an album coming out around Super Bowl time.
3. The NFL sure does have some balls, I’ll say that much. And it continues to be the most well run American sports organization.
4. Beyonce recently performed at the 2013 Super Bowl halftime show. She’s sponsored by Pepsi. With all the money Pepsi paid in advertising, it’s easy to think that in the future a brand who wants big time advertising throw in one of their artist to perform during halftime if it can be purchased.
5. Hmm….who are the Beats by Dre musicians? You don’t think Apple, who owns the headphone company, wouldn’t want to have some type of control over 15 minutes of the most watched television event in America?
6. I’ll say it again. The NFL has balls and is pretty damn smart if you ask me.Read more
Damn, another one. Former Titans linebacker, Tim Shaw has announced that he’s been diagnosed with ALS. He made the announcement recently while filming is own Ice Bucket Challenge via the Titans’ website.
Shaw was a fifth round draft pick of the Panthers out of Penn State in 2007. He played for the Bears and Jaguars before finishing his career with the Titans last season.
“A year ago I was playing NFL football. I’ve recently been diagnosed with ALS,” Shaw says. “I’m here today to stand up and fight with all of you against this disease. I want to challenge the Tennessee Titans organization, Coach Franklin and the Penn State football team and my Clarenceville community,” Shaw says. “Let’s do this.”
Let’s hope a cure to ALS is discovered soon.Read more
The Cleveland Browns announced today that Brian Hoyer will be the starting QB for the Cleveland Browns season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 7th. Johnny Manziel will be the backup. Here are my thoughts.
1. Did you see Manziel this past Monday night? He looked terrible. Not that Hoyer looked much better, but he’s the veteran and has more experience.
Hoyer has been 8/20 for 108 yards and no touchdowns in 2 preseason games.
Manziel has been 14/27 for 128 yards and 1 touchdown in 2 preseason games.
2. The Browns play the Steelers, Saints and Ravens to start the season. That’s Dick Lebeau, Rob Ryan and Dean Pees, all very good defensive coordinators that will do nothing but fuck up a rookie NFL QBs confidence. Do you want Manziel on the field if he’s not ready?
3. I mean I’m sure this gesture by Manziel on Monday Night didn’t help.Read more
NBC Sports has a great new advertising campaign for Sunday Night Football, “American Family”. Check it out. Yours truly has a commercial coming out in a few weeks also.Read more
Shit! It was confirmed yesterday that Braxton Miller reinjured his shoulder in a non-contact drill during practice and that he’s out for the season. This is a huge blow to Ohio State’s Big Ten and National Championship chances. Here are my thoughts.
1. Ohio State wasn’t going to win the National Championship anyway. Really? Do they have the speed to beat FSU, Bama, Oregon or Oklahoma? Nope.
2. I think it’s great that Braxton has already nixed any NFL talk and is talking about returning next season.
“I love Ohio State and Buckeye nation, and my goal is to come back from this injury stronger and better than ever,” Miller said in a statement. “I am on course to graduate in December and I want to attend graduate school, and then return to lead the Buckeyes next season. In the meantime, I want to give all the support I can to my coaches and teammates as they chase a championship this season.” – Braxton Miller
3. Why was he rushing back so fast if he wasn’t 100% healthy?Read more