2013 Free Agent Breakdown: Tight Ends

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Lance Kendricks had a near breakout year, but the depth behind him was lacking. With many teams switching to two tight end sets, the Rams might be looking for an option in both the draft and free agency.

Dustin Keller, Jets

Keller isn't the greatest blocker, but he's decent at it. The real advantage is his athleticism and it's shown in his productivity with the Jets. He knows the Rams offense and given his connections he could be a suitable target for the Rams.

(416 Snaps Played) REC YARDS AVG LNG TD
2012 Regular Season 28 317 11.3 32 2

PFF Grade: -0.6


Anthony Fasano, Dolphins

Fasano isn't as athletic as Cook, Keller, or even Kendricks. But he makes up for it by being reliable. He's a decent all-around tight end but you could do far worse for a role player.

(921 Snaps Played) REC YARDS AVG LNG TD
2012 Regular Season 41
332
8.1
22
5

PFF Grade: +4.0


Kevin Boss, Chiefs

Boss has concussion problems, so this would depend completely on his health and willingness to continue to play football. He was on the IR for most of the year with the Chiefs, but he's had a productive career as a pass-catching tight end with the Giants and briefly with the Raiders.

(51 Snaps Played) REC YARDS AVG LNG TD
2012 Regular Season 3
65
21.7
29
1


PFF Grade: +1.8


Gary Barnidge, Panthers

Barnidge has good measurables, but hasn't really produced to this point. He's been a project with the Panthers and has had his share of time on special teams. Barnidge would probably be that low cost, camp body, maybe-he can-make-the-team type move.

(140 Snaps Played) REC YARDS AVG LNG TD
2012 Regular Season 6
78
13.0
24
1


PFF Grade: +1.4


Jared Cook, Titans

We've all been briefed on Jared Cook. Do I think he's worth the type of money he's asking for? No. Would he be able to create mismatches and help Sam Bradford grow? Yes. He's a natural receiver, he isn't much of a blocker, and he'd probably relegate Lance Kendricks to the role Kendricks currently fills.

You can't deny the talent however, and a former Titan will always have that Jeff Fisher connection.

(485 Snaps Played) REC YARDS AVG LNG TD
2012 Regular Season 44
523
11.9
61
4


PFF Grade: +0.3

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