John Lopez of SI discusses the way the tight end position has become more focal over the past decade.
Lopez talks about the way teams now put a premium on athleticism. It is a chance to create a mismatch in a spot where a lot of teams did not focus before. The league has seen a shift to the passing game in this same timeframe. I wouldn't be surprised to see fullback be the next position of emphasis and teams search more for Richie Anderson/Jerald Sowell types who can catch out of the backfield like the Jets used to have. It will be another area to utilize the passing game.
The Jets moved up in the Draft a few years ago because Dustin Keller has the athleticism to create mismatches in the passing game. I think Dustin is going to have a good year. The wide receivers on the roster are so good defenses will have a tough time designing coverages to contain them. A lot of linebackers and safeties struggle to match up with Keller, and it will be difficult to roll coverage onto him.