Does the tight end have a role in your offense? FRANKLIN: "My whole deal with tight ends, I'd love to have a good tight end. But the key word is 'good.' I don't need a body just to be on the field to occupy the space. They need to be able to run. If I'm going to put somebody in the box to bring another defender in the box, they need to be able to block. If they can't block, why did I bring them into the box to bring another defender to have the guy get his butt whipped." http://www.mercurynews.com/cal-bear...offensive-coordinator-tony-franklin-interview Generally, that has become the thinking in a nutshell. There are so few TEs who are good enough to make an impact. How many guys that size can run well enough to create matchup problems against LBs these days? How many are good enough on the OL to block a DE one-on-one? For most teams, the conventional wisdom these days is that your 4th best WR is a lot better weapon than your best TE and your RB will be more effective with only your 5 best blockers and 2 fewer bodies in the tackle box. This is the same thing we saw happen to the FB position.