A tight end is a position on offense in football. The tight end can be a receiver or an extra lineman on the offense in football. The tight end is allowed to catch passes and block downfield whereas some other positions are not allowed to do this. They can be used to deceive defenses by lining up as if they will help block for a quarterback or running back, but instead running downfield to catch a pass. The tight end can also lineup out wide. Tight ends are some of the most talented and adaptable players on the field.
Depending on the play design, the tight end can serve as a:
The tight end starts on the strong side of the field. Defensive players will model their play designs around the tight end role referring to the strong side and weak side of the field. The tight end usually positions himself the offensive backfield behind the line of scrimmage.
The tight end can line up in multiple positions on the offense. The tight end usually lines up on either end of the offensive linemen but they can also line up in the position of a wide receiver, running back, or fullback. Most positions are eligible to line up in the places of other positions (like the running back lining up at wide receiver). A tight end can add many options to an offensive gameplan.
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