Well, we have it the QB’s, RB’s, and WR’s so far, in our quest to evaluation the roster and play fantasy GM. Now it is time to take a look at the tight ends, and see who should be back, and who should be gone:
KONRAD REULAND:(Hey if I started with Keller you wouldn’t read the rest of this)
Here was a guy signed at the Labor Day “mini-draft”, as Mike Tannenbaum put it. Nobody really knew who he was, but he was primarily thought of as a run blocking tight end. He ended up doing a decent job as a receiver as well, with 11 catches for 83 yards. He surprisingly had a decent pair of hands, and was an asset in the passing game. He only makes $390,000, so it’s not as if he is a big hit to the salary cap. However, with the return of Dedrick Epps and Josh Baker next year, I don’t see that there will be room for this guy. My feeling is that Reuland will be………
OUT THE DOOR
JEFF CUMBERLAND: So, what do we do with Jeff Cumberland farms? At $540,000, he too doesn’t make a great deal of money against the salary cap. He was active in the passing game, as he only had one game in which he was active, where he didn’t record a reception. For the season, he finished with 29 receptions to go along with 359 yards and 3 TDs. Being active for 15 games clearly showed his durability, which was a problem for a certain other tight end that we will discuss later.
He did have some problems with recognizing defenses. There were a few times during the season when you would see Cumberland hit in the backside because he wasn’t aware that a pass was coming. That is one thing that he needs to become better at, recognizing the defense and being on the same page as the quarterback. However, I really like his speed, and when he is aware, his hands. He is an asset to the passing game, and would be a low cost option going forward as a primary receiving tight end. Jeff Cumberland should be……..
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