Few tight ends can do it all

Originally Published: December 1, 2004
Scouts, Inc.
The ideal tight end has the size and strength to open holes in the running game and the hands and speed to be a receiving threat. There are few players who meet all the criteria, so most teams carry both a receiving and a blocking tight end. Quality receiving tight ends have the speed to create mismatches against linebackers and the ability to beat defensive backs downfield.