Panthers Offseason Position Review - Tight End

With three days to go until training camp, we come to the last of the offseason position reviews. Not much has changed at tight end since I previewed them last year. We have the same players-Jeff King (#47), Dante Rosario (#88), Gary Barnidge (#82)- expected to be on the team and, until I see an official announcement, the depth chart should remain the same. There is also Jamie Petrowoski (#86) on the roster but the I figure the only way he makes the final cut is if someone else get hurt and even then its not a given as the Panthers could choose to keep only two TE or look for another option off the waiver wire. Because of this I wanted to look our tight end stats instead of the normal player profile and predictions. For that read last years post (linked above).

Basically, King blocks well but isn't the best option to get open. He can catch but is slow when heading down field and yards after catch are low. Rosario has promise and had the most receiving yards last year. Finally, many fans are big on Barnidge and many think if he can improve his pass blocking he would become the starter as he has the ability to stretch the middle of the field with his pass catching.

All three TE have been with the Panthers all of their professional careers. The following are their overall stats. I should also mention that King, in 2006, only had 1 rec for a 1 yard touchdown, so most of his stats were accumulated along with Rosario.

Player Age Yr Joined Tm Yrds Rec Yds/Rec TD
King 27 2006 802 93 8.6 7
Rosario 25
2007 630 50 12.6 5
Barnidge 24
2008 242 12 20.2 0

I do find it interesting that despite the opinion of many that Rosario is the better receiver than King, King has a solid advantage in total yards (in keeping in light the 2006 year for King), but on the other hand as expected Rosario has the larger yards per reception stat, of course Barnidge blows them both out away with the 20.2 yds/rec in that regard.

More stats after the break.

This table shows the teams TE stats since 2000 and where the team ranked league wide versus the other TE.

Year Rank TotalYds TotalRec TotalTD # of TE Ave Age
2009 16 755 63 5 3 25
2008 25 404 39 2 3 24
2007 18 553 57 6 3 28
2006 31 317 37 2 4 27
2005 25 357 35 4 3 27
2004 21 480 51 5 3 26
2003 30 314 30 1 4 28
2002 24 445 43 5 4 29
2001 9 573 61 7 4 29
2000 9 691 55 4 4 30

 

In 2000, 2001, and 2002, Wesley Walls was a part of the team. But in Fox's second year of coaching the TE became on afterthought and the TE rank tumbled to 24th. In our superbowl year it didn't seem to matter as our ranking was even lower at 30. We had a slight resurgence last year and they will need to step up again in 2010 as  the secondary receiving option for Matt Moore to have success.

Yet Moore didn't rely on them as much I would have thought. In his five starts last season (31.2% of season) he only had 28.6% of the receptions (18 rec) and 21.9% total yards (165 yrds). This compares to 590 yards thrown by Jake Delhomme on 45 receptions in 11 games (68.8% of season). At this point I just find that interesting and can't say if there is really anything to take from that as Moore could have thrown to his WR instead of needing to use the tight ends as much. I'll have to spend some time breaking it down a bit more.

In the following nine tables is a comparison of the Panthers TE stats each season and to the top and bottom three teams each year going back to 2000.

2009 Season

Rank

Team

TotalYrds

TotalRec

TotalTD

# of TE

Ave Age

1

IND

1312

121

10

6

26

2

HOU

1282

111

6

5

26

3

DAL

1251

116

2

3

24

16

CAR

755

63

5

3

25

30

CIN

410

43

2

5

27

31

BUF

374

42

1

5

25

32

ARI

245

23

3

4

29

2008 Season

Rank

Team

TotalRec

TotalYrds

TotalTD

Ave Age

# of TE

1

DAL

1267

109

8

3

24

2

NOR

1193

110

3

5

29

3

HOU

1180

100

4

5

27

25

CAR

404

39

2

3

24

30

NWE

302

31

2

4

26

31

ARI

237

25

0

5

28

32

ATL

211

19

2

4

30

2007 Season

Rank

Team

TotalRec

TotalYrds

TotalTD

Ave Age

# of TE

1

DAL

1306

113

11

3

24

2

CLE

1218

95

5

3

28

3

KAN

1181

101

5

2

33

18

CAR

553

57

6

3

28

30

SEA

355

41

5

6

30

31

CIN

333

32

0

4

28

32

DET

262

19

0

5

27

2006 Season

Rank

Team

TotalRec

TotalYrds

TotalTD

Ave Age

# of TE

1

CLE

1138

127

6

3

27

2

NWE

1037

81

6

3

26

3

SDG

1015

85

12

2

26

30

ARI

321

34

1

5

25

31

CAR

317

37

2

4

27

32

BUF

284

31

4

5

26

2005 Season

Rank

Team

TotalRec

TotalYrds

TotalTD

Ave Age

# of TE

1

TEN

1359

149

8

4

25

2

SDG

1139

100

11

3

25

3

BAL

1064

101

8

4

27

25

CAR

357

35

4

3

27

30

STL

195

22

2

5

29

31

BUF

165

23

0

4

27

32

SFO

158

20

0

6

26

2004 Season

Rank

Team

TotalRec

TotalYrds

TotalTD

Ave Age

# of TE

1

KAN

1378

119

10

2

30

2

SDG

1129

96

16

3

24

3

DAL

1012

92

8

6

26

21

CAR

480

51

5

3

26

30

STL

231

22

1

2

27

31

HOU

230

21

1

3

28

32

PIT

188

17

5

5

29

2003 Season

Rank

Team

TotalRec

TotalYrds

TotalTD

Ave Age

# of TE

1

KAN

971

77

13

3

27

2

IND

904

72

4

4

27

3

DEN

857

72

9

4

29

30

CAR

314

30

1

4

28

31

PIT

263

24

2

4

29

32

WAS

183

21

0

4

27

2002 Season

Rank

Team

TotalRec

TotalYrds

TotalTD

Ave Age

# of TE

1

NYG

1094

98

4

6

27

2

BAL

989

85

8

3

24

3

DEN

875

82

4

4

28

24

CAR

445

43

5

4

29

30

WAS

244

20

2

3

27

31

CIN

218

28

2

4

25

32

PIT

133

18

2

6

28

2001 Season

Rank

Team

TotalRec

TotalYrds

TotalTD

Ave Age

# of TE

1

IND

1082

79

9

4

27

2

BAL

1030

91

3

3

27

3

TEN

1008

90

5

5

25

9

CAR

573

61

7

4

29

29

NWE

168

19

4

2

26

30

NYG

164

17

3

3

27

31

ARI

159

19

2

4

29

2000 Season

Rank

Team

TotalRec

TotalYrds

TotalTD

Ave Age

# of TE

1

KAN

1299

103

11

3

27

2

DEN

1124

99

7

4

26

3

IND

977

77

6

4

26

9

CAR

691

55

4

4

30

29

MIA

215

16

1

4

25

30

STL

194

21

3

3

28

31

NYJ

170

22

5

4

27

There a lot of information there but I'm not sure if there's much to take away from it. I did notice that there are good and bad teams intermixed each year amount the top three, but there are hardy any good teams (for each particular year) a part of the bottom three. There are obviously several reasons for the second scenario, but it also tells me that the good teams figure out how to use all their weapons. (What other information do you see there?)

So what is everyone expecting out of the TE position this year? I would like to see the unit combine to reach last years stats. With the running backs taking the pressure off of our passing game, it would be ideal for the TE to reach that production keeping the opposition guessing and hopefully leaving our receivers open for Moore to find.

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