TE Gonzalez off to difficult start
While other tight ends around the league are flourishing, Tony Gonzalez is off to the worst start of his career.
How have tight ends become such a big part of offensive game plans? With motion, or working these players out of the slot, teams can create man-to-man match-ups on linebackers or safeties. This puts tremendous pressure on defenses, and an athletic pass-catching tight end can have a huge impact on an offense.
Interestingly, while most of the aformentioned tight ends have continued their strong play in 2005, the player who has set the benchmark for tight end production over the past decade -- Tony Gonzalez -- is off to the worst start of his career. In the Chiefs' four games, Gonzalez has only 16 catches for a measly 8.1 yards per catch, with no touchdowns. He is frustrated. His detractors are wondering whether he's slowing down and his coaching staff is trying to figure out new ways to get him the ball.
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