Which tight end belongs on the preseason 2014 AFC South division team? FanSided’s AFC South editors are putting together their picks for such a team. Their first obstacle came up when they had to decide on tight end. Among the choices that were presented:
Joshua Huffman: Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans (60 catches, 571 yards, six touchdowns)
Editor 2: Marcedes Lewis, Jacksonville Jaguars (25 catches, 359 yards, four touchdowns)
Editor 3: Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts (52 catches, 608 yards, four touchdowns)
Editor 4: N/A
Huffman picked Walker after the Titans tight end enjoyed his finest season away from former San Francisco 49ers teammate Vernon Davis. Despite missing one game to injury, Walker blossomed into the balanced tight end who was an upgrade over the more costly Jared Cook, who departed to the St. Louis Rams during the previous offseason. Walker offers long-term leadership to an offense full of young talent. Walker managed to have a successful season despite the unstable quarterback situation that involved an oft-injured Jake Locker and a largely incompetent Ryan Fitzpatrick.
What about the other options? Fleener has the best overall quarterback throwing him passes. Lewis is a former Pro Bowl talent who has underperformed in two of his last three seasons. Houston Texans tight end Garrett Graham will have a larger role now that Owen Daniels signed with the Baltimore Ravens. In 2013, Graham had 49 receptions for 545 yards and five touchdowns.
Will Walker continue to develop and become more comfortable in Nashville? Or will another tight end pass him up as the division’s top option? Will Lewis rediscover what made him one of the NFL’s most recognized talents in the late 2000s and early 2010s? Answer in the poll and discuss in the comments or social media.