Keep in mind, tight ends are both blockers and receivers. A rating might reflect one or the other or both. Two guys rated the same does not mean you should expect the same offensive production. Make sure you read the breakdown to see if your player’s strength is more receiving or blocking.

Atlanta Firebirds

CJ Conrad – 6aa

Derrick Griffin – 7aa

Caleb Wilson – 6aa

Atlanta historically hasn’t invested a great deal in their tight ends, but that also means they end up finding interesting prospects. Derrick Griffin has been one of those interesting prospects. He came out of nowhere in the d-league a few years ago and used his athleticism and basketball skills to succeed. That translated to the SFL last year. He is still raw as a tight end, but he is an interesting talent. C.J. Conrad and Caleb Wilson might be more polished as tight ends, but are still developing. Wilson is the best blocker of the bunch.

Birmingham Predators

Ian Thomas – 7aa

Ian Thomas has a big frame and knows how to use it, but he’s not the biggest playmaker. He’s certainly not a liability and he’ll get the job done. He’s showing improvement as a receiver more than a blocker.

Boston Dragons

Coby Fleener – 9.d

Robert Tonyan – 7aa

Jason Vander Laan – 6aa

Coby Fleener is by far the most polished of the group and that is because he’s the only natural tight end. He’s still a threat, but at 31-years-old, he’s starting to slow down. Robert Tonyan and Jason Vander Laan are both converted quarterbacks playing tight end. Tonyan has picked it up the best so far and is actually starting to show nice flashes of being an athletic receiver. Vander Laan is coming along slower. Tonyan could mix it up more in space as a slot wide receiver and split tight end. Vander Laan is better at using his size to block, but he’s still still far from polished at the position. He’s just a solid athlete.

Buffalo Gunners

Jason Croom – 7aa

George Kittle – 10

Dax Raymond – 7aa

Buffalo has some very good talent to work with at tight end. First, we all know George Kittle is an elite talent, not just as a tight end, but overall as a receiving threat. Kittle could easily put up wide receiver numbers as the undisputed number one threat in this offense. Behind him there are two interesting players. Jason Croom is more athletic, while Dax Raymond is a very crafty sort of do-everything kind of tight end H-Back. Croom is a former wide receiver whose size moved him over. Raymond is just gritty. He might be the best blocker on the team as well.

Carolina Generals

Devon Cajuste – 6a

Seth DeValve – 7aa

John Lovett – 6a

Zach Miller is going to be impossible to replace, but the Generals have been grooming Seth DeValve for the job. DeValve is not nearly the receiving threat Miller was, but he’s a reliable target and decent blocker who is clearly the best tight end on the roster. Devon Cajuste has all the athletic ability, but mentally he doesn’t seem too into football. He’s often been seen in the locker room focusing on his spiritual well being and working with his healing crystals, saying he thinks visualizing himself succeeding will make him better than extra practice reps. John Lovett is a very interesting prospect who used to be a quarterback at Princeton. He can mix it up as a fullback and running back as well.

Columbus Explorers

Jesper Horsted – 7aa

Kevin Rader – 6aa

Luke Willson – 9a

The Explorers love Kevin Rader, but he probably isn’t ready yet. In fact, he might be the least ready of the entire group. Luke Willson had a brief run in the NFL, but he’s back in the SFL and is looking great. He’s always been much better of a blocker than a receiver. The Explorers shouldn’t be afraid to target him, but Jesper Horsted actually is the best receiver of the entire group. He had a great D-League season showing his hands off as well.

Dallas Six-Shooters

James O’Shaughnessy – 9aa

Ricky Seals-Jones – 9aa

Jeremy Sprinkle – 7aa

Jace Sternberger – 6aa

Dallas has a ridiculous amount of talent at tight end. If they don’t try to trade any of the guys away, you could probably expect heavy involvement of their tight end similar to how we saw three tight ends making up the bulk of the targets for the Baltimore Ravens in the NFL. Ricky Seals-Jones is a very gifted athlete and can play all over the field and get by playing in-line too. O’Shaughnessy has gotten better and better each year both as a receiving threat and blocker. Both were very good last year, but Jeremy Sprinkle and Jace Sternberger both have great potential as well. Sprinkle is ahead of Stnberger right now. He’s also a much better blocker.

Indianapolis Speed

Gavin Escobar – 7

Austin Seferian-Jenkins – 8ac

Josh Oliver – 6aa

Austin Seferian-Jenkins is looking to turn his career around in the SFL. Once thought to be on his way to becoming a top tight end in the NFL, it just didn’t plan out that way. Still, he’s got tremendous kills and size and can be a good threat for the speed. Josh Oliver is a good receiving prospect. He isn’t much of a blocker at all, but he can make some athletic catches. Gavin Escobar just is what he is at this point. He’s a fine blocker, but he never lived up to the hype. Still, as a blocker with some receiving ability he could see the field.

Jacksonville Stingrays

Mo Alie-Cox -7aa

Romello Brooker – 6aa

Nick O’Leary – 7aa

This might be the year the Mo Alie-Cox experiment pays off. He’s worked very hard to transition from basketball at VCU to football as a professional tight end. He still have some holes in his game, particularly as a blocker, but he looks pretty comfortable running routes and lunging out for catches. Nick O’Leary is also showing improvement as well. He started in Atlanta last year maybe a year before he was ready. Now, he’s ready for another opportunity in a new city. Those two are pushing each other. Romello Brooker has a load of talent as well, but needs more time to develop.

Los Angeles Avengers

Mark Andrews – 10

Jordan Leggett – 8aa

Aaron Peck – 6a

Deon Yelder- 6aa

Mark Andrews was a huge addition for Los Angeles after an incredible rookie season in Oklahoma. There is little doubt he’s among the best tight ends in all of football even already this early in his career. He’s such a skilled receiver, he could even be the Avengers’ receptions leader. Jordan Leggett has consistently improved as well. He had a very good season last year with 51 catches for 614 yards and six touchdowns. With the addition of Andrews, it might be difficult for him to match those numbers, but it doesn’t mean he isn’t going to be even better. It’s a great problem to have as a team. Deon Yelder is a raw prospect who could become something soon. Aaron Peck is a very crafty player. He’s a pretty good blocker, but he’s not particularly great at anything. He’s an example of a guy whose whole is greater than the some of its parts.

Louisville Cougars

Rico Gathers – 6a

Ellis Richardson – 6aa

Ethan Wolf – 6aa

The Rico Gathers experiment might be over. He did what he could to transition from basketball to football but he just is what he is at this point. He’s a big athlete, but just isn’t very comfortable at the position and it doesn’t like he will get too much better. Louisville might be ready to move on from that idea and develop their other prospects. Ellis RIchardson and Ethan Wolf need more focus because they are showing nice potential but just need more work to get better.

Miami Mustangs

Christopher Herndon – 7aa

Cole Hikutini – 6aa

Chris Herndon has had a bit of a setback. He’s not looking worse than last year, but he’s not looking any better. Ideally, he would have been trending up. He’s still the best option on the team and has a nice amount of potential. Cole Hikutini is the better blocker but is quite raw as well. Both will benefit from additional experience and reps.

Michigan Stags

Blake Bell – 9aa

Marcus Lucas – 7

Foster Moreau – 7aa

Blake Bell continues to show himself as one of the better tight ends in the league. Michigan has gotten a lot out of him and they shouldn’t turn away from him any time soon. He’s still one of the best around. Foster Moreau is an interesting rookie with tremendous blocking ability. He’s not nearly the receiving threat Bell is, nor is he the receiver Marcus Lucas is, but he will have a role immediately because of his superior blocking ability. Lucas is a former receiver who bulked up and moved to tight end. He can be a solid second receiving option at tight end after Bell.

Milwaukee Warriors

Blake Mack – 6a

Donald Parham – 7a

Cam Serigne – 7a

Donald Parham has a very good D-League and showed his talent as a receiver. He’s still going to need some work to become a truly reliable starting tight end, but he’s on his way there. Cam Serigne is an interesting prospect as well. He’s a better athlete than Parham but is not nearly as technically sound. Blake Mack is the best athlete of the group but is very, very raw. None of them are particularly great blockers.

Mississippi Gators

Jeff Cumberland – 9.d

Tim Wright – 8.di

Jeff Cumberland was Missisisppi’s best receiving weapon last year. That’s hard to know if it was because he’s good at what he does or if the other talent on the team just wasn’t there. It was probably a combination of both. Jeff Cumberland is older, but he’s a very good athlete even still and knows how to run routes to get open. Tim Wright has battled and has been derailed by injuries his entire career but when healthy we know he is able to use his athletic ability to make some good catches.

Nashville Renegades

David Wells – 6aa

Connor Wentz – 6aa

David Wells and Connor Wentz are two guys with decent potential, but their potential is also fairly limited. It is unlikely either become a quality starter. The Renegades are lacking at this spot. Wentz is the better blocks but Wells is the much better receiving option.

New Orleans Nightmare

Clive Walford – 7

A controversy arose when it was discovered Brandon Dillon was wearing a fake mustache to try to say he was a different person when he signed with New Orleans after he was already drafted and signed to Sacramento to hedge his bets to make a camp. When he made camp in Sacramento, he never showed up in New Orleans. That leaves them with one person, Clive Walford. He’s a serviceable veteran, but he’s pretty limited in his upside.

New York Marauders

Jerell Adams – 6a

Ben Johnson – 6aa

Khari Lee – 7

Will Tye – 8

Will Tye was once on a path to becoming an elite tight end but he never got there. Still, he’s very, very good at what he does but even with all the elite wide receivers leaving the middle of the field wide open he was never able to fully take advantage. Khari Lee is a solid receiving option but is also just who he is going to be at this point. Ben Johnson has succeeded in the D-League two years in a row and is a quality receiving threat. Jerell Adams is a guy ownership does like and they were more than happy to bring him in for a second stint with the Marauders. He’s a very talented athlete but is still very raw as a receiver. Nobody is a particularly good blocker.

Omaha Express

Jake Butt – 7aai

Jordan Franks – 6aa

Crockett Gillmore – 8i

The start of Jake Butt’s career has been devastated by injuries, but now in a new city, with health on his side, he’s hoping to get things going in Omaha. He’s looking very good in camp, but he has looked a bit timid running through traffic. Jordan Franks is showing decent potential but still has a ways to go. Crockett Gillmore is another guy whose career has been hurt by injuries, but he’s always been a top notch blocker, maybe the best in the league at blocking. He just hasn’t ever been able to develop much as a receiver because of the injuries.

Orlando Rockets

Ross Dwelley – 8aa

Blake Jarwin – 8aa

Orlando always has talent at tight end and this year is no different. Ross Dwelley and Blake Jarwin are both really good players who are coming into their prime. Dwelley is the better blocker, but he’s definitely a quality receiver too. Jarwin can be a real threat as a receiver. Both should see significant time in this offense.

Philadelphia Bulldogs

Jace Amaro – 7

Paul Butler – 6a

Garrett Dickerson – 7aa

Hale Hentges – 7aa

The Bulldogs might have brought Jace Amaro as a stop gap as they develop their young tight ends, but Amaro has been outshined by Garrett Dickerson and Hale Hentges. Dickerson had a very good D-League season and has brought that momentum into training camp. Hale Hentges is by far the best blocker on the team.

Pittsburgh Forge

Rob Housler – 8

Michael Roberts – 7aa

Rob Housler has brought veteran consistency to the tight end position for a while now and he’s still the top guy they have. He’s not overly explosive, but he gets the job done. Michae Roberts is a good prospect who could one day jump Housler on the depth chart, but not yet. He’s still honing his craft but has definitely flashed very good ability and more explosiveness than Housler in moments.

Sacramento Bandits

Stephen Carlson – 6aa

Brandon Dillon – 6aa

John Phillips – 7.d

Kaden Smith – 7aa

At 31 years old John Phillips has really slowed down, but Kaden Smith has made that much easier with a tremendous camp. The rookie looks ready to start right away for the bandits and to serve as a quality receiving tight end. Stephen Carlson and Brandon Dillon both need to develop a bit more. Dillon has limited athleticism so his ceiling probably isn’t too high, but he is a decent blocker. Carlson is an oversized receiver.

San Antonio Marshalls

Will Dissly – 8aa

Jacob Hollister – 7aa

Will Dissly is a fast-rising tight end who initially entered the league known as a superior blocker but has quickly gained a reputation as a very reliable receiver. This could be a big year for him. We could be talking about him as one of the best tight ends in the league by the years end. Jacob Hollister is a very good tight end who could be starting for many other teams. He’ll absolutely have a role in this offense because he’s looking too good not to.

San Diego Diablos

Scott Orndorff – 6a

Mychal Rivera – 8.d

Dalton Schultz – 7aa

Mychal Rivera was once an elite tight end in this league. He’s not that guy anymore, but he’s still a very good weapon for San Diego. Last year he finished second on the team in both receptions and receiving yards and could do that again, if he holds off Dalton Schultz. The budding star has been great in camp and is looking for an opportunity to become the starter. He’s trending up, but has he passed Rivera yet? He’s a better blocker, which does help him. Scott Orndorff is a quality depth option who can be effective in space.

Seattle Orcas

Ian Bunting – 6a

Troy Niklas – 7a

Brandon Pettigrew – 7.d

Jake Roh – 7

Seattle isn’t too happy with what they’ve seen out of their tight ends this year in camp. Brandon Pettigrew is still a top notch blocker but this might be his last year. He’s really slowed down and even though he actually led the Orcas in receptions, yards and touchdowns last year, he’s not able to get open consistently anymore. Troy Niklas hasn’t developed to become he was believed to eventually turn into. He’s got some talent, but he’s very inconsistent. Jake Roh has had an underwhelming camp. Ian Bunting has been just an okay rookie.

St. Louis Stallions

Sean Culkin – 6aa

MyCole Pruitt – 7aa

Mason Schreck – 6aa

MyCole Pruitt is starting to separate himself from the pack here in camp. He’s a quality blocker as well, but he’s definitely the best receiving option and has the most athleticism. Culking is the best blocker of the group but has limited athleticism. He could figure a way in to some sort of role because of his blocking. Schreck has dealt with some injuries, but he’s completely healthy and has shown some flashes.

Utah Raptors

Vince Mayle – 7

Tyrone Swoopes – 6aa

Nick Truesdell – 7

The Raptors might have to look for help at tight end before the season. Tyrone Swoopes just hasn’t been able to make the transition from quarterback to tight end like his athleticism might have suggested he could. He’s improving, especially as a blocker. He knows what routes to run, but he’s just not overly comfortable at the job. The Raptors like Vince Mayle, but he’s limited, mostly because he is so undersized. Nick Truesdell might be the most polished guy of the group but he’s such a limited athlete.

Virginia Admirals

Gary Barnidge -7.d

Colin Jeter – 6a

Eric Saubert – 6aa

Bryce Williams – 6a

Big Play Barnidge might not have any more big plays in him. He’s looking slow and old now. This might be his final season. Because of his drop in play, it might finally be the time Eric Saubert settles in and gets an opportunity. He’s bounced around quite a bit early in his career but the athletic receiving threat might be the best option for Virginia. He’s far from complete, but he can create separation. Colin Jeter and Bryce Williams were late signings who has success in the d-league two years ago, but neither have been particularly inspiriting this year.

Washington Wave

Daniel Helm – 6a

Jake Powell – 6a

Jordan Thomas – 7aa

Oumar Toure – 6aa

As expected, Jordan Thomas comes into the season as Washington’s top option at tight end. He’s serviceable but definitely has room to get better. Oumar Toure is more of an H-Back type of guy who can be used in a variety of ways. Daniel Helm and Jake Powell are two underwhelming rookies.

SFL Top 5 TEs

1. George Kittle (Buffalo Gunners)
2. Mark Andrews (Los Angeles Avengers)
3. Blake Bell (Michigan Stags)
4. Ricky Seals-Jones (Dallas Six-Shooters)
5. James O’Shaughnessy (Dallas Six-Shooters)

By the Numbers:
Total TEs: 85
10 Rating: 2 (2.4%)
9 Rating: 6 (7.1%)
8 Rating: 10 (11.7%)
7 Rating: 33 (38.8%)
6 Rating: 34 (40.0%)