All-NFC East: Cowboys' Witten or Redskins' Reed at tight end?

All-NFC East: Cowboys' Witten or Redskins' Reed at tight end?
June 2, 2014, 12:00 pm
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Who is the best Tight End in the NFC East?

If you could build an All-NFC East team for 2014, which players would you choose? Over the next few weeks, we’ll debate that and break it down, position by position. Think about which players you believe will have the best 2014 seasons. Today we focus on tight ends.

Here are our candidates:

Zach Ertz, Eagles

Why choose him?—Some might argue that Brent Celek, a productive, seven-year veteran, should represent the Eagles here but Ertz is clearly the up and coming player in Philly. The team’s second-round pick last year, Ertz could nearly double his rookie numbers (36 rec./469 yds./4 TD) in 2014 playing in Chip Kelly’s fast-paced offense.

Jordan Reed, Redskins

Why choose him?—Ertz wasn’t the best rookie tight end in the division last year. That would be Reed, who played in only nine games in an offense that was not firing on all cylinders but still had more receptions (45) for more yards (499) than Ertz. The sky’s the limit for Reed if he’s healthy and Robert Griffin III gets the offense into high gear.

Jason Witten, Cowboys

Why choose him?—You’re talking about potential with Ertz and Reed; Witten has solid accomplishments on his resume already. At some point fairly early this year he will surpass 900 career receptions and 10,000 career receiving yards. What has he done lately? In 2013 he easily led division tight ends in all three major receiving stats with 73/851/8.

Tandler’s pick—If I’m making a pick to build a team for the next half dozen years, Reed is the easy selection. But this is All-NFC East for the 2014 season, not 2017, so I have to go with Witten, who has proven to be the model of durability and productivity since he came into the league in 2003.

Your pick—Let us know who your All-NFC East tight end is by hitting the poll and then defending your pick in the comments.

Tomorrow:  We make our picks for the all-division inside linebackers.