Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 5/11/12
The emergence of the tight end position has become more noticeable over these past few seasons. Within that period, teams have been drafting tight ends that are considered unstoppable in the passing game while also having the ability to block as well.

Some teams that stand out the most when it comes to great pass-catching tight ends are New England, San Francisco, Dallas, San Diego, Tampa Bay, Atlanta, and now the Cincinnati Bengals.

Nowadays, the system of the two-headed weapon at the tight end position has been more intriguing to teams with a great aerial attack. The Patriots have utilized their tight ends heavily these past few seasons snatching up big, fast, strong, and smart pass catchers. Rob Gronkowski has emerged into an unstoppable force after last season’s performance and so has running mate Aaron Hernandez. Gronk made it look easy breaking the NFL single-season record for touchdown catches with seventeen. He also had an additional 1,327 yards on 90 receptions.

But, one team that’s on the rise at the tight end position would have to be the Cincinnati Bengals. In 2010 they drafted a premier pass-catcher and blocker by the name of Jermaine Gresham out of Oklahoma. Last season Gresham was a significant contributor to his rookie quarterback’s success which made Andy Dalton a Pro Bowl nominee right along with himself. Displaying elite ability to catch the ball made Gresham a main target for Dalton when it wasn’t Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green.

In this year’s Draft the Bengals made a statement to the rest of the NFL that they are one of the teams on the rise. In the fourth round the Bengals stole a weapon that will make their success in the passing game more dangerous. That prospect being Orson Charles out of Georgia, who is considered the strongest tight end to come out the prime SEC college since Ben Watson.

While at Georgia, Charles showed the quickness, toughness and great hands you need to excel at the tight end position. His strength also separated him from being an average tight end in college. At the NFL Scouting Combine back in February, Charles set the bench press record for the most reps by a tight end with 35, surpassing the mark held by Watson. With his ability to get open and utilize his speed, Charles will make a great complementary receiver opposite of Gresham.

In this upcoming season look for these players to rise and wreak havoc in the passing game; which can help generate wins if opposing defenses can’t stop them.

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