The NFC East was a historically bad division in 2020, which is why all four teams were in the race deep into the season. Eventually, Washington took it.
This season, the division is up for grabs yet again. We’re ranking the division by position group. So far we have looked at:
Up today: Tight ends
1. Eagles: Dallas Goedert, Zach Ertz, Richard Rodgers
For now, Ertz is still on the Eagles’ roster so he’s still on this list. It still seems likely that will change and he’ll be traded but we haven’t gotten there yet. But either way, Ertz or not, Goedert is already a top 10 tight end in the league and is one year away from being considered a top five. He just has to stay healthy and continue to do what he’s doing. He might never catch the volume of passes that Ertz has in his career but Goedert is already a better blocker and has more YAC ability. And the Eagles’ move to bring Richard Rodgers back for a veteran minimum contract was an easy one. He’s a viable No. 2 option.
2. Giants: Evan Engram, Kyle Rudolph, Kaden Smith, Levine Toilolo
It’s clear that Engram is the top tight end in New York and maybe he hasn’t become a great star like we once thought but he’s still pretty good. He was even a Pro Bowler last season after catching 63 passes for 654 yards and a touchdown. Rudolph is somewhat of a wild card. He’s 31 now and is past his prime days in Minnesota but we’ll see if he has something left. Last year in 12 games, he had just 28 catches for 334 yards.
3. Washington: Logan Thomas, Deon Yelder, John Bates
One of the biggest surprises of the 2020 season was the emergence of Thomas, who caught 72 passes for 670 yards and 6 touchdowns. The former college quarterback had bounced around the NFL for several seasons before finding a home in Washington and how he’s their no-doubt No. 1. After Thomas, it seems like Yelder and Bates are the two most likely to make the roster. Yelder comes over from Kansas City where he had a very limited role and Bates was a fourth-round draft pick out of Boise State.
4. Cowboys: Blake Jarwin, Dalton Schultz, Jeremy Sprinkle
The Cowboys are in their post-Jason Witten era now and Jarwin and Schultz are clearly their top two tight ends. Schultz, a fourth-rounder back in 2018, had a big season in 2020, catching 63 passes for 615 yards and 4 touchdowns. He seems solidified as the Cowboys’ top tight end. Meanwhile, Jarwin played just one game in 2020 before suffering an ACL tear but the year before had a career season with 31 catches, 365 yards and 3 touchdowns. There might be a competition for the Cowboys’ third tight end spot but we’ll give the nod to Sprinkle, who comes over from Washington, where he once had a 26-catch season.
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