3. LA Chargers: Jared Cook, Donald Parham, Tre' McKitty, Stephen Anderson
I think most Charger fans would agree with where the team is ranked compared to the other teams in the AFC West. The two teams ahead of the LA Chargers both elite tight ends and the Bolts simply do not have that.
That being said, I do think I am still more sour on the tight end room than most fans are. There is a much bigger gap between the Chargers and the no. 2 team on this list and it has to do with the regression of Jared Cook.
I can absolutely be wrong about this and if so I have no problem eating crow and admitting I was wrong. However, I just do not see how Cook has a good season in LA. He is a vertical-threat tight end who is only getting older and has only seen his numbers dip year-after-year.
Where have we heard this story before? Just because Cook is a former Pro Bowler does not mean he is going to continue to succeed. Granted, he is just a one-year option, but I genuinely think by Week 17 he will be mostly phased out of the offensive gameplan.
I like Donald Parham but I want to be hesitant in expecting him to be anything more than a red-zone target. He certainly can be but there are a lot of expectations about him that aren't just with how little has has proven himself in the NFL.
McKitty is the best blocker of the bunch which is a problem considering he is a rookie. The Bolts did a great job of rebuilding the offensive line but not have one of the worst blocking tight end rooms they have had in quite some time.
Stephen Anderson will help in that department as well but he is not a massive pass-catching threat, either. Overall, I worry that the pass-catching tight ends (Cook, Parham) won't be as good as expected while the blocking tight ends (McKitty, Anderson) won't impact the passing game.
That being said, the Chargers at least have options and depth. That is more than the Denver Broncos can say.