Tight end is perhaps one of the more intriguing positions to forecast in 2014. The three headed monster of Sam Cooper, Jordan Leggett and Stanton Seckinger offer a little bit of everything in three different body types as they are symmetrically listed on the depth chart as 6’6 250, 6’5 240 and 6’4 230 respectively…
My operating philosophy on the numbers below is that Cooper plays the role of the blocker, Leggett takes snaps from Seckinger as he develops consistency and grows into a veteran player and Seckinger plays an important, but reduced role.
It’s natural to assume that as a player moves through his career his statistics will improve each year. In reality, I believe Seckinger saw more time than expected last season because of Leggett’s injury and suspension.
While Seckinger is probably the “safer” option, an offense that loses an all-time great quarterback, explosive running back and two wide receivers is going to be looking for playmakers. Out of this group, that’s Jordan Leggett.
The question is has Leggett matured and embraced the role? - Marty Coleman
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Breakout Season (12 games): 35 receptions, 525 yards, 6 TDs
Bust: 15 receptions, 175 yards, 1 TD
2014 Outlook: 19 receptions, 278 yards, 3 TDs
Breakout Season (12 games): 30 receptions, 400 yards, 6 TDs
Bust: 10 receptions, 112 yards, 1 TD
2014 Outlook: 14 receptions, 155 yards, 3 TDs
Breakout Season (12 games): 20 receptions, 168 yards, 3 TDs
Bust: 4 receptions, 40 yards, 0 TD
2014 Outlook: 7 receptions, 68 yards, 1 TD
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I’m bullish on the Tiger tight ends in 2014, but I have the roles pegged pretty much the same as Marty.
Leggett has shown glimpses of what he can do and has made a point to say his attitude has matured from points last season where he didn’t exactly take advantage of his early enrollee status.
In the spring game – yes, a spring game still – he paced Clemson’s receiving corps with seven catches for 59 yards and a touchdown working with heir-apparent quarterback Cole Stoudt. Stoudt will be looking for the big target down the field early and often and Leggett’s size and athleticism makes him every bit the nightmare matchup.
A proven contributor, Stanton Seckinger won’t go away either, which is why I have a career-high in catches for both this season.
Cooper may surprise and mold into a reliable target, but with Leggett and Seckinger better receiving TEs, it makes sense to have him in more run-oriented packages, therefore keeping his catches and yards low.
Overall, Clemson’s tight ends best the unit’s production in the 2011 season, where Dwayne Allen earned Mackey Award honors with 598 yards and eight scores
Breakout Season (12 games): 40 catches – 650 yards – 6 TDs
Bust: 9 catches – 117 yards – 2 TDs
2014 Outlook: 27 catches – 380 yards – 5 TDs
Breakout Season (12 games): 40 catches – 600 yards – 7 TDs
Bust: 7 catches – 77 yards – 1 TD
2014 Outlook: 24 catches – 312 yards – 2 TDs
Breakout Season (12 games): 25 catches – 350 yards – 5 TDs
Bust: 5 catches – 55 yards
2014 Outlook: 10 catches – 90 yards – 1 TD