Lots of questions in the Tight End world going into week 7:
Will Antonio Gates finally return this week? Possibly.
Will Jermichel Finley have another good game this season? Most definitely, yes.
Will Jimmy Graham play this week despite not practicing Thursday? Maybe. Check back here for updates.
Facts/Flukes and Ranks After the Jump.The Redskins' Fred Davis leads the team with 6 catches and 95 yards in an ugly Rex Grossman-led game. FACT. Despite Grossman's constant miscues, Davis was still heavily targeted. John Beck continued to look Davis' way when he replaced Sexy Rexy. Davis is back, baby! Along with Santana Moss, he'll continue to be the focal point of the passing game. Chris Cooley's injuries prove that fact further.
In a win over Washington, the Eagles' Brent Celek scores a touchdown to go with 4 catches. FLUKE. I'm not buying a sudden Celek resurgence in the passing game. Celek has been used mostly as a blocker so far this year and hasn't lived up to his break-out season from 2 years ago. I'd like to see more.
New England's Aaron Hernandez leads the Patriots' receivers with 8 catches in close win over Cowboys. FACT. The athletic TE from Florida has become Brady's # 2 Receiver since his return from injury. The pecking order in the Pats' game is essentially this: Wes Welker, Aaron Hernandez, Rob Gronkowski, Deion Branch, everyone else. With defenses keying in on Gronk, Hernandez has come back in a big way. I think he ends the year as a top-10 TE at the very least.
Rankings are below, and please let me know if you have any questions or concerns with the list. You can follow me on Twitter or ask any questions there.
|1. Jimmy Graham (Questionable)||Saints||Colts|
|2. Jason Witten||Cowboys||Rams|
|3. Brandon Pettigrew||Lions||Falcons|
|4. Jermichel Finley||Packers||Vikings|
|5. Fred Davis||Redskins||Panthers|
|6. Owen Daniels||Texans||Titans|
|7. Antonio Gates||Chargers||Jets|
|8. Dustin Keller||Jets||Chargers|
|9. Greg Olsen||Panthers||Redskins|
|10. Tony Gonzalez||Falcons||Lions|
|11. Jared Cook||Titans||Texans|
|12. Ed Dickson||Ravens||Jaguars|
|13. Dallas Clark||Colts||Saints|
|14. Kellen Winslow||Bucs||Bears|
|15. Ben Watson||Browns||Seahawks|
|16. Kevin Boss||Raiders||Chiefs|
|17. Heath Miller||Steelers||Cardinals|
|18. Jeremey Shockey||Panthers||Redskins|
|19. Todd Heap||Cardinals||Steelers|
|20. Visanthe Shiancoe||Vikings||Packers|