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Encyclopedia > Tight End
Example of tight end positioning in an offensive formation.
Example of tight end positioning in an offensive formation.

The tight end (TE) is a position in American football on the offensive team. The tight end is the last man on the offensive line but has a slightly different build and in some cases a different role than other linemen. The role of tight ends can change depending on the philosophy of the head coach, but their main jobs are: block for the running back or quarterback who is carrying the ball, catch passes from the quarterback, and help create a stronger pocket by assisting fellow linemen in blocking during passing plays. The tight end usually lines up next to an offensive tackle, adding a man to that side of the offensive line. Therefore, whichever side the tight end is on is referred to as the "strong side", and the side without is called "weak side". Linebackers are, by extension, given "strong-side" and "weak-side" roles depending on which side of the defense they line up on; similarly, the safeties take their places in the secondary according to which side the opposing tight end is. Tight ends can also come in motion during a play. United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into American football positions. ... The head coach in sports coaching is the coach who is in charge of the other coaches. ... P.J. Daniels was a star running back for Georgia Tech from 2002-2005. ... Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco sets up to throw. ... Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco sets up to throw. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into American football positions. ... This article relates to sports. ...

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Jobs of the Tight End

Receiving

There are plays written to take advantage of a tight end's eligibility to catch. Tight ends are used to exploit a defense's coverage of a wide receiver. Specifically, if a team has a star wide receiver that usually gets double-coverage from the secondary, the coach will call plays for the quarterback to throw to the tight end, as he is usually the man left uncovered in a defense. The absence of pre-planned pass coverage of the tight end is caused by his multiple roles in blocking for the runner, blocking against the pass rush and the presence of specified wide receivers who must be covered in higher priority than the tight end. This leaves the tight end as a usually uncovered receiver, a situation that almost never occurs with the regular receivers. Those receivers usually have to break their covers by using their superior ability to maneuver or their flat-out speed. In American football and Canadian football, defensive backs are the players on the defensive team who take positions somewhat back from the line of scrimmage; they are distinguished from the defensive line players, who take positions directly behind the line of scrimmage. ...

Tight End Vernon Davis of the Maryland Terrapins reaches for a catch.
Tight End Vernon Davis of the Maryland Terrapins reaches for a catch.

For these reasons the tight end is sometimes called the quarterback's "safety valve",[1] as he is usually open for a last-second throw. Tight ends may also be called on as a last resort for a passing quarterback. Sometimes a tight end on a pass play may block for a period of time and then go out for a pass. This can confuse the defense and can take a load off a quarterback when none of his receivers are open. Vernon Leonard Davis (born January 31, 1984 in Washington, D.C.) is an NFL tight end for the San Francisco 49ers. ... Logo, featuring Testudo the Turtle. ... Oxygen Safety Valve A safety valve is a valve mechanism for the automatic release of a gas from a boiler, pressure vessel, or other system when the pressure or temperature exceeds preset limits. ...


On some teams the tight end may be so highly skilled at catching passes that he actually becomes their leading receiver, catching more passes and gaining more receiving yards than anyone else.In 2004 Tony Gonzalez led his team in receptions and receiving yards with 102 receptions for 1,258 yards. His 102 catches in 2004 are the most receptions ever recorded by a tight end in an NFL season. In 2004 Eric Johnson led the 49ers in receiving yards with 825. Also in 2004, Antonio Gates set the record for most TDs for a tight end - 13. Sometimes the acquisition of a tight end can signal a change in offensive strategy, as the player gives the coach a new weapon to work with. Some tight ends are imperative to a team's offense. Such tight ends usualy give up size and blocking ability for athleticism and catching ability. In 2005, Jeremy Shockey of the New York Giants was the second highest paid player on the Giants' offense, behind quarterback Eli Manning, earning 9.5 million dollars in salary.[2] Gonzalez, Shockey and Gates fit the mold of a new type of tight end that corresponds to a power forward in basketball;[citation needed] incidentally, Gates and Gonzalez played basketball in college. Their versatility and speed help create mismatches in coverage, thereby opening up a team's passing attack.[citation needed] The mismatch stems from the fact that the tight end is faster than the linebackers who cover him and stronger than the cornerbacks and safeties trying to tackle him. This also often leads to confusion in coverage responsibilities and allows wide receivers to get open.[citation needed] Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Tony Gonzalez (born February 27, 1976 in Torrance, California) is an American football tight end who has played his entire NFL career for the Kansas City Chiefs. ... Eric Johnson (born September 15, 1979) is an NFL tight end for the San Francisco 49ers. ... Antonio Gates (born June 18, 1980 in Detroit, Michigan) is a football tight end for the San Diego Chargers of the NFL. // Before his rookie season of 2003 Gates had not played organized football since his senior year at Central High School in Detroit. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jeremy Charles Shockey (pronounced ) (born August 18, 1980 in Ada, Oklahoma) is a professional American football player, currently playing tight end for the New York Giants of the National Football League. ... This article is about the current National Football League team. ... Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco sets up to throw. ... Elisha Nelson Eli Manning (born January 3, 1981 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a professional American football player and the starting quarterback for the New York Giants of the NFL. He is the younger brother of Peyton Manning and Cooper Manning and the son of Archie Manning. ... Power forward is a position in the sport of basketball. ... This article is about the sport. ... This article is about the sport. ... Jerry Rice holds many career records for wide receivers in the National Football League. ...


Blocking

In the National Football League (NFL), tight ends are usually larger and slower than a wide receiver, usually weighing 230-270 lbs, although some blocking tight ends can get up to 300 pounds, compared to a 180-220 lb wide receiver, and therefore able to block more effectively.[3] It is the job of the tight end, along with the fullback, to open up a hole in the defense for the tailback to run through. Tight ends are used along with the offensive linemen to protect the quarterback during passing plays. Often, tight ends are employed in a fullback position called "H-Back" in which he is still beside the tackle, however off the line of scrimmage. Tight Ends may also pass block like other offensive linemen. Some teams employ tight ends solely to block; the San Diego Chargers acquired Brandon Manumaleuna for that purpose. This position is sometimes filled by an offensive lineman who has reported to the referee that his number is now an eligible receiving number. This is called 'Tackle Eligible'. NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... The wide receiver (WR) position in American and Canadian football is the pass-catching specialist. ... In American football, a fullback (FB) is a position in the offensive backfield. ... An H-Back is an offensive position in American football that is a hybrid between a fullback and a tight end. ... Brandon Michael Manumaleuna (born January 4, 1980 in Torrance, California) is an American football tight end for the St. ...


Joe Gibbs is credited with creation of the two tight end offense. During the 1980s Gibbs realized he needed to utilize an additional blocker to keep New York Giants premier linebacker Lawrence Taylor from disrupting the Washington Redskins offense.[4] Joe Jackson Gibbs (born November 25, 1940) is a Hall of Fame American football coach and NASCAR Championship team owner. ... This article is about the current National Football League team. ... This article relates to sports. ... Lawrence Julius Taylor (born February 4, 1959, in Williamsburg, Virginia), commonly referred to as LT, is a retired Hall of Fame American football player. ... For other uses, see Redskins (disambiguation). ...


Jersey numbers

In collegiate and high school football, tight ends are restricted to numbers 1-49 and 80-99. In the NFL, numbering regulations state that tight ends must wear numbers 80-89, or when those are unavailable, 20-49. In American football, uniform numbers are more unusual than in any other sport. ...


References

  1. ^ Game Day Spotlight: Alex Smith
  2. ^ Schobel Provides Options
  3. ^ Football 101: Tight Ends and Quarterbacks
  4. ^ Too Deep Zone: Running with Multiple Tight Ends
Positions in American football and Canadian football
Offense Defense Special teams
Linemen Guard, Tackle, Center Linemen Tackle, End, Nose tackle Kicking players Placekicker, Punter, Kickoff specialist
Quarterback Linebackers Snapping Long snapper, Holder
Backs Halfback, Fullback, H-back Backs Cornerback, Safety Returning Punt returner, Kick returner
Receivers Wide receiver, Tight end, Slotback Nickelback, Dimeback Tackling Gunner
Formations - Nomenclature
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Tight ends are used along with the offensive linemen to protect the quarterback during passing plays.
Oftentimes, tight ends are employed in a fullback position called "H-Back" in which he is still beside the tackle, however off the line of scrimmage.
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