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Preston: Value of a good tight end has risen and Ravens need to invest in the position

Preston: Value of a good tight end has risen and Ravens need to invest in the position

Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe has watched the evolution of the NFL’s passing attacks and says the tight end has become the second most-important position on offense after the quarterback.

In fact, it might be the second most-important position on the field. Period.

“Look at Gronk [New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski],” said Sharpe, who was also selected to eight Pro Bowls and was a three-time Super Bowl champion during his 14-year career with the Denver Broncos and Ravens. “He is the most dominating player in the game next to the quarterback. The way the passing game is emphasized in the NFL, I’d take a 70- to 80-catch tight end with over 1,000 yards over a 1,000-yard...

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