NFC East Player Power Rankings: Tight End Edition

Brad Gagnon@Brad_Gagnon NFL National ColumnistJuly 12, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 24:  Jason Witten #82 of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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We continue our positional player power rankings with tight ends, where one man has been locked in the top spot for what feels like a decade. Beyond that, though, it's a toss-up.


1. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys: Mr. Consistent is always in that 1,000-yard range, although his numbers dropped off a tad in 2011. At 30, he's probably seen his best days, but Witten—who hasn't missed a game since his rookie season in 2003—is still far and away the best tight end in the division. 


2. Brent Celek, Philadelphia Eagles: Despite being plagued by injuries, the 27-year-old still managed to get on track after a bad 2010 season and put up 811 receiving yards in 2011. It's also encouraging that he finished strong. Celek had 294 yards in the final three weeks of the season.


3. Fred Davis, Washington Redskins: Davis is a wild card with a ceiling that is significantly higher than the two players ahead of him on this list. The problem is that I don't trust him. He's not a very mature guy, and he's one flunked drug test shy of being suspended for an entire year. Still, the 26-year-old would've had 1,000 yards had he not been suspended for the final four games of 2011.


4. Bear Pascoe, New York Giants: This was a mystery spot. It could've gone to Chris Cooley or Martellus Bennett, but Pascoe proved to be a very reliable player last season in a flex role. This year, he's the early favorite to replace Jake Ballard. 


A few other names to watch at tight end include Giants rookie Adrien Robinson and Redskins receiver convert Niles Paul. In a year's time, it wouldn't be surprising to see either of those guys on this list.