The importance of TE’s is underestimated in this league. TE’s go under looked because they are so versatile. They are used for blocking and then they are expected if no need for a block to just be able to go into the middle of the feed or go on a fade route and catch the tough ball against the crushing linebacker core. What is very interesting, is when you take away an offensive line, you are taking away your TE’s. For this reason. By weakening your offensive line by either injury and/or experience that will lead to more play calls for TE’s to be involved in blocking schemes rather than play calls where they great size and humongous strength can be utilized. When you take away your TE’s you lose that threat and when you lose that threat you lose some offense. You see this in a majority in the red zone plays when you need that big man to catch the ball and you don’t have the component wide receiver to do it. But you can’t let your TE out into the end zone because that will lead your QB out to die.
The reason why I am talking about this is because this is exactly what is happening with the Philadelphia Eagles. With the injuries to Evan Mathis and Jason Kelce, Brent Celek has been pushed to the offensive line and has not seen as much as the other TE’s as they are kept to the sideline for backup use in case we need more blockage. But by doing that we are not allowing Zach Ertz to become the great middle of the field threat that we all know he can become!
BUT, THERE IS SOME RESOLUTION
Jason Kelce is predicted to come back this week. If he does that that will be quite huge as that will allow for Celek to not just be this blocking TE. Some may question this because Herremans has partial torn biceps and that will lead to Celek or another TE having to help him more. But the Texans are foolish so they will have JJ Watt lineup against Kelce (if he starts) to try to re-injure him. But Chip will be the genius that he is and see this and call plays that will have a TE audible slot, because the Texans linebacking core is HORRIFIC! The only reason you should be scared of the Texans is the Defensive Line, but you won’t be scared anymore if Kelce starts! If Kelce starts expect a huge day for the TE’s as there will be no need to block for Foles as the offensive line will be invincible.