Washington Redskins: Why So Many Tight Ends?
2012 rookie superstar Robert Griffin III set the rookie QB passer rating record at 102.4, third overall in the 2012 NFL season, and the rookie record for percentage of passes intercepted at 1.3 percent. He was named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and also placed at No. 15 in NFL Network’s Top 100 Players of 2013.
This year, defenses will try to clamp down on Griffin’s ability to scramble from the pocket, allowing for receivers to get a break from double coverages and intensified zones. One position likely to highly benefit from Griffin’s style of play is Redskins tight ends. Maybe that is why as of today, there are five tight ends on the Redskins roster.
Undoubtedly, Redskins TE Fred Davis will be the starter in 2013. He could even be one of the top TEs in the 2013 season. Although Redskins fans have yet to see a stellar season from Davis, they still have high hopes this season.
Logan Paulsen and Niles Paul will be the respective second and third tight ends this year. Last year when Davis was injured, Paulsen and Paul stepped up and provided Griffin with enough talent to get the job done in the regular season. Paulsen even became a fan favorite, starting in 10 games and receiving 25 passes for 308 yards and one touchdown.
In 2013, the Redskins drafted TE Jordan Reed in the third round. In Reed’s last collegiate season at the University of Florida, he had 78 receptions for 938 yards and six touchdowns. He could very well develop into a star tight end in the NFL. It would not be a surprise if he passed Paulsen and Paul on the depth chart.
Emmanuel Ogbuehi is the last tight end on the Redskins roster in 2013. A rookie from Georgia State University, Ogbuehi had 47 career receptions for 581 yards and four touchdowns. He will most likely be the TE cut before the beginning of the season, but perhaps fans can enjoy watching him play in years to come.
Griffin will have a solid corps of tight ends to help him in 2013. Fans can expect to see many short first-down check downs to tight ends.