NFL Nation reporters are taking a position-by-position look at the teams they cover, with a fantasy tint. They covered starting quarterbacks Monday, running backs Tuesday and wide receivers Wednesday.
Today's topic: Over/under on tight end performance in 2016, based on their ESPN fantasy projections. Click the links after each team to view the full posts.
Arizona Cardinals: They're not the stars of the offense, but Darren Fells and Jermaine Gresham could be the Cardinals' quiet weapons this season with a lot of attention paid to their talented receiving corps and deep backfield. Read more.
Baltimore Ravens: Seeking an experienced and durable target at tight end, the Ravens signed Benjamin Watson to a two-year deal this offseason. But if Dennis Pitta and Crockett Gillmore stay healthy, they'll cut into Watson's production. Read more.
Buffalo Bills: The Bills are lacking a No. 2 tight end who threatens Charles Clay as a passing target. While Clay's health is a potential issue (lower back), he should surpass ESPN's fantasy projection numbers in yards and TDs. Read more.
Carolina Panthers: The Panthers are deeper at wide receiver than they've been since quarterback Cam Newton arrived in 2011, and that could impact the receptions and TDs Greg Olsen gets in 2016. Read more.
Cleveland Browns: Can Gary Barnidge set career marks in consecutive seasons at age 30? That might be expecting too much as that reality is reflected in the dip in projected numbers for 2016. Read more.
Dallas Cowboys: No player is more motivated by those who doubt him, and Jason Witten has heard whispers this offseason that he is slowing down. Also, his role has changed with the commitment to the running game, so what does that mean for his catches and yards? Read more.
Denver Broncos: The Broncos are likely to go back to using a two-tight end formation this season, and that news could mean higher numbers for Virgil Green and Jeff Heuerman. The keyword in that sentence is "could." Read more.
Houston Texans: Coach Bill O'Brien and the Texans have not relied heavily on their tight ends in the passing game. Unfortunately for players such as C.J. Fiedorowicz, changes aren't likely to happen this season. Read more.
Indianapolis Colts: Dwayne Allen, the Colts' No. 1 tight end now that Coby Fleener is gone, should see a much bigger role in the passing game if he can stay healthy and lean on his athleticism to beat linebackers. Read more.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Julius Thomas may receive fewer balls thrown his way, but that doesn't necessarily apply near the goal line. The Jags will try to exploit mismatches, which should free up Thomas to catch more than ESPN's projected TD passes of 5.7. Read more.
New England Patriots: No NFL team runs more multiple-tight end sets than the Patriots, and that should continue to be the case in 2016 as long as Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett remain healthy. Read more.
Philadelphia Eagles: Coach Doug Pederson has grand plans for Zach Ertz and Brent Celek. Expect to see two- and even three-tight end sets as Pederson tries to maximize the talent he has in that room while working around a potential deficiency at wide receiver. Read more.
San Francisco 49ers: In recent years, a tight end in a Chip Kelly offense has offered quite a bit of production. But who will emerge among the group that includes Vance McDonald, Garrett Celek, Blake Bell and Bruce Miller? Read more.