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BSL: Ravens Rookie TE Metrics vs. the NFL's Best


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#1 BSLMikeRandall

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Posted 22 July 2018 - 10:09 AM

BSL: http://baltimorespor...s-vs-nfls-best/

 

Was able to dig into enough of PFFs free content (Not paying $200/year for everything) to draw some metric comparisons of Hayden Hurst and Mark Andrews, to some of the leagues best TEs in different areas. 

 

 


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Posted 22 July 2018 - 07:57 PM

Great picture! 

 

Also enjoy the perspective. I like that Andrews and Hurst are kind of different in what they do well, not that different from Dickson and Pitta when they were drafted.


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Posted 24 July 2018 - 07:02 PM

Tight ends will be a big part of the plans for 2018 season.  You draft them that high, you have plans to use them right away.  I think the passing game plans will incorporate the athleticism drafted at the TE position.  Could be a key element to get the ball out quickly and get positive momentum in the pass game early in the season.


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Posted 25 July 2018 - 12:29 AM

Tight ends typically don't have a huge impact in their rookie seasons, however. And only a few begin to make a difference in their second season.

 

Since 1967, or the beginning of the so-called modern era, there have been 899 tight ends drafted in the ensuing 50 years. Not one of them ever reached the 900-yard plateau as a rookie. Gronk had just 546 receiving yards in his first season, Greg Olsen had just 391, and Tony Gonzalez had just 368. Gronk's somewhat pedestrian rookie numbers put him in select company, as only 26 tight ends have accumulated as many as 500 yards in their first season.

 

It may sound surprising in this pass-happy era, but teams typically don't draft tight ends with the expectation of them becoming instant impact players; that designation is for running backs and wide receivers. It's a difficult position with a huge learning curve, and most tight ends arrive at their first pro training camps as either receivers or blockers. Either way, that player is going to have a huge gap in his game, at least initially. As a result, it's difficult for these guys to see the field consistently, since their shortcomings are automatically handing the defense an advantage.

 

For the record, who was the last tight end to have at least 1,000 receiving yards as a rookie? Mike Ditka in 1961 for the Chicago Bears, the only time in his career he topped the 1,000 yard mark.


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Posted 25 July 2018 - 01:04 AM

Tight ends take a while to develop at the pro level because they are learning blocking assignments and routes. And the CBA gives teams less and less time to work on these things than they used to. I’m not expecting Hurst and Andrews to be, for lack of better terms, “fantasy studs.” But if they can move the chains, simply catch the ball which seems like a tall task some days, help the offense run efficiently and start winning things like time of possession more often, the unit will be better as a whole. Bonus would be if both Hurst and Andrews are dangerous red zone threats because the Ravens don’t really have one.
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