By Eric Branch Updated 4:04 pm PST, Monday, December 31, 2018 San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle celebrates after scoring during the second half in an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle celebrates after scoring during the second half in an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Photo: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press Photo: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle celebrates after scoring during the second half in an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Los … [Read more...] about Tight end George Kittle wins 49ers’ Bill Walsh Award
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Ben Watson, 14 years removed from the Patriots making him a first-round draft pick, says he’s retiring after this season. “The body struggles more and more, and it becomes evident that it’s time,” the veteran tight end told reporters in Metairie, La., on Thursday. “It’s always a very hard thing, but my mentality this year has definitely been to perform to the best of my ability, to fight through different things and different setbacks.” In his second tour with the Saints, Watson made the announcement via an NFL Films video about his family. Watson has caught 33 passes for 371 yards and two touchdowns this season in helping the Saints capture the top playoff seed in the NFC. After one of his touchdowns, Watson, a father of five, celebrated by holding up seven fingers, signaling that twins were on the way. “She’s due in May, the baby is going to probably come around April,” Watson told NOLA.com. “It’s going … [Read more...] about Longtime Patriots tight end Ben Watson announces retirement after season
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
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.
Chris Solari Detroit Free Press Published 2:13 PM EDT Sep 28, 2018 EAST LANSING — Matt Dotson burst off the line, ran his route and broke free from his defender. The ball sailed over his head and out of bounds. One play later, quarterback Brian Lewerke again looked to his tight end. This time, Dotson leaped and came down with his first career touchdown. “When I was running off to the sideline, it felt unreal,” Dotson said after scoring at Indiana last week. “It felt like it didn’t even happen.” That’s because it hadn’t this season. The touchdown was the first catch by a Michigan State tight end this season. Getting Dotson and senior Matt Sokol involved in the passing game has been a slow, incremental process for the 18th-ranked Spartans, who host Central Michigan on Saturday (noon, FS1). More: Michigan State football vs. Central Michigan: Scouting report, prediction More: What's wrong with Michigan State's offense? It's not just … [Read more...] about Michigan State tight ends gradually getting more passes