- Mar 11, 2009
Throwing to the tight end isn't as simple as put a big guy in and toss him the ball. Jelani is quick off the ball and can run well, but doesn't yet have a sense of finding space in the zone. He's also very slow in his breaks. Charlie Kolar isn't a great receiving tight end because he's more athletic than Jelani. It's because he knows exactly where to be against zone coverage and is excellent at keeping smaller players walled off by using his body. Jason Witten got to the Hall of Fame this way. Jelani had 16 catches and 1 TD last year. He’s not good enough yet to get 40 and 8, but 25 and 5 would be great.
All kidding aside, there are things you can do with his skill set that play well off China’s running threat.