Oakland Raiders tight end David Ausberry before a game at O.co coliseum (photo by Levi Damien)
After moving through the offensive line, we move on to the guys who help hold the edge of the line while they're not catching passes-the tight ends. And I gotta say, it was nice to be able to rank some groups that were a bit more cut and dry. The difference between the best and worst in these units is considerable, making for a much easier task.
Overall, there should be some really good tight end play in the AFC West. I woudn't be surprised if this division produces a couple Pro Bowlers.
Here are my AFC West team rankings based on tight end groups:
This is by far the best and deepest tight end unit in the AFC West. Gates leads it off as an All Pro tight end with former starters in McMichael and Rosario behind him. Green is young and...well, green, but there is some potential there.
Moeaki looked great as the Chiefs starting tight end as a rookie. He was injured an out all last season and the Chiefs offense struggled without him. Kevin Boss joins the Chiefs as a free agent which offers the Chiefs two proven targets.
Tamme and Peyton Manning had some nice chemistry in Indianapolis two seasons ago in which Tamme 67 passes for 631 yards. Dreessen has shown himself to be a consistent performer even though he has played in the shadow of Owen Daniels in Houston the past five seasons.
Myers is the starter by default. The Raiders have let Zach Miller and Kevin Boss go in consecutive seasons all the while Myers has hung around doing the dirty work. He is not flashy and won't scare anyone as a receiver but he blocks well and plays well on special teams. Ausberry is a former college wide receiver who has put on some bulk and looks like he could be the team's best tight end from the jump. If the team can sign a free agent tight end before the season, it would certainly help matters.