The National Football League is a copycat league plain and simple. If teams have success throwing the ball then other franchises take notice. If the 3-4 defense is more productive than the 4-3, teams make changes.
The tight end position is no exception. Once a spot reserved for men who were nothing more than extra offensive tackles who caught 30-40 balls per season, they are now athletic, speedy guys who can now change games with their abilities to stretch defenses and catch balls in traffic. Tony Gonzalez and Antonio Gates shattered barriers and guys like Dallas Clark, Vernon Davis and Rob Gronkowski are reaping the benefits.
For the Pittsburgh Steelers, the tight end position has never been one of overly huge production but with the drafting of Heath Miller in 2005 that started to change. As we continue with our Training Camp Preview of Roster Throwdowns, we look to the tight ends in this edition.
With the hiring of Todd Haley as the offensive coordinator, the tight ends will be a...