Who is going to be the Bill’s starting tight end on opening day of the 2008 season? That is one of the hot topics surrounding Bills country this offseason.
The only tight ends that the Bills have under contract are Robert Royal, who was the starter the past two seasons, Derek Schouman, Teyo Johnson, Tim Massaquoi, and Matt Murphy. None of these tight ends listed haven proven that they are big-time starters in the NFL.
Each of these players has its negatives and its positives. Royal just doesn’t seem like a starting tight end; he hasn’t proven it at all throughout his career. He is not a consistent player. Royal has too many dropped catches and has a tendency to fumble every now and then. When he does get the ball he doesn’t rack up yards after the catch.
Last season Royal started in all 16 games and posted 25 receptions for 248 yards. He averaged 9.9 yards per catch and had 3 touchdowns. Two of his three touchdowns came against the half dead Miami Dolphins. He hasn’t proven much since he has come to Buffalo.
The former Redskin was a goal line tight end while playing for the Redskins. Maybe Royal is just a goal line tight end. Maybe that’s where he belongs.
The Bills really need to upgrade the tight end position because Royal just doesn’t produce enough to be a proven starter. Ever since the departure of Jay Riemersma the Bills really haven’t had a stable tight end.
This is why the Bills should either go out on the market and pick up a starting tight end or draft someone in the upcoming NFL draft in April. The tight end position for the Bills needs to be a factor for the upcoming 2008 season.