By Allen Trieu Special to The Detroit News Published 11:24 AM EDT Nov 2, 2018 Michigan State’s quest for a tight end in the 2019 class has gone to the junior-college ranks now, as the Spartans extended an offer to Ventura (Calif.) College’s Travis Koontz. Koontz might be out on the West Coast now, but he has Midwest roots, having played in high school at Youngstown (Ohio) Ursuline. Out of high school, was committed to Bowling Green and was ranked by 247Sports as the top Mid-American Conference commit in his home state. After going to Ventura instead, Koontz saw several Power 5 offers come his way, including Pittsburgh, the school he was committed to until recently. In early October, he de-committed from the Panthers citing a lack of tight end usage in their offense, and Michigan State is one of the more recent schools to offer him a scholarship. At 6-foot-5, 250 pounds with a complete package of schools, Koontz projects as a player who can step in and … [Read more...] about Michigan State target Travis Koontz could make impact at tight end
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Matt Charboneau The Detroit News Published 1:22 PM EDT Nov 1, 2018 East Lansing — For an offense that has made good use of its tight ends over the years, Michigan State had hardly noticed the position through the first seven weeks of the season. Entering last week’s game against Purdue, Michigan State’s tight ends had caught a grand total of nine passes. They did better than half that in the 23-13 victory over the Boilermakers, as sophomore Matt Dotson had four catches for 48 yards while fifth-year senior Matt Sokol caught one pass for 13 yards. For coach Mark Dantonio, the production was overdue. “It's about time, yeah,” Dantonio said with a smile this week. It’s been something the Spartans (5-3, 3-2 Big Ten) have talked all season about doing, but until last week, it simply hasn’t happened. There have been targets, for sure, but it hasn’t always resulted in much. While Dotson — a highly recruited prospect out of … [Read more...] about Michigan State tight ends jump into offensive mix
Rob Gronkowski and Travis Kelce are generally considered to be the two best tight ends in football, but as their two teams prepare to face off Sunday night, a growing number of people around the league are beginning to ask the question: In what order? In recent years, it wasn’t much of a dispute. The question wasn’t if Gronkowski was the best tight end in the NFL at the moment, but whether he was the best tight end in the league — ever. However, as the 6-foot-6, 265-pound Patriots tight end enters his ninth season, some say his counterpart on the upstart Kansas City Chiefs has caught up and perhaps even surpassed him this season. “No disrespect to Gronk, but Travis Kelce is the best tight end in football,” ESPN analyst Booger McFarland said during the Chiefs’ game last week on “Monday Night Football.” It’s a sentiment that’s been echoed several times recently by other current and former players. Through five games, Gronkowski … [Read more...] about Has Travis Kelce surpassed Rob Gronkowski as the best tight end in the NFL? Some experts think so.
ENGLEWOOD — Covering tight ends has been the Denver Broncos' bugaboo for several seasons, a trend that continued when they allowed Seattle's Will Dissly to become the first tight end in league history to top 100 yards receiving and score a touchdown in his NFL debut.Up next: Jared Cook , who's coming off a career-best 180-yard performance in Oakland's opener.Dissly did his damage on just three catches, covering 105 yards."I tell you what, he was one of my favorite guys in the draft. He's a good player, but we can't do that," Broncos coach Vance Joseph said. "The first catch he made, we missed four tackles. The coverage wasn't great, but we missed four tackles. The second play he made down the seam, again our eyes are bad and we're out of position."Actually, Joseph was forgetting Dissly's first catch, a 15-yard touchdown grab in which the fourth-round draft pick out of Washington burst past rookie linebacker Bradley Chubb, the fifth overall pick in the draft.It was Dissly's second … [Read more...] about Broncos continue to have trouble covering tight ends
By Matt Schoch Special to The Detroit News Published 7:44 p.m. UTC Aug 22, 2018 Allen Park — Through two preseason games, a Detroit Lions position group short on career production has been front and center in the team’s struggles. With two weeks left until the regular season, the tight ends are confident things will turn around for both the unit and offense starting with Friday night at Tampa Bay. “We’ll definitely be a factor, whether it’s in the run game or the pass game,” Michael Roberts said. “There’s a lot of stuff based around us. There might be a little experience, but we’ll definitely be a big impact for the Detroit Lions this year.” The results have not been good so far, as Roberts, Luke Willson and Levine Toilolo have combined for two catches and 19 yards. For the long-struggling run game, inconsistency has continued. Further down the depth chart, Hakeem Valles (four catches, 31 yards) and Marcus Lucas … [Read more...] about After sluggish start, Lions’ tight ends vow to be a factor