There were a lot of cries to bring in a new tight end this season. Hopefully Charles Clay can make some noise in Davie as a TE/HBack/Fullback/Longsnapper/Waterboy/Trainer combo and become one of those sleepers talked about for ages. Still, we felt the need to point out that Anthony “First Down” Fasano is a lot better than people think.
Much of the chatter about bringing in a new guy was that we needed someone more vertical. Not for nothing, but Fasano averaged more yards per catch than Zach Miller, Dustin Keller, Brent Celek, Chris Cooley and Kellen Winslow. Hell, Fasano averaged more per grab than Hakeem Nicks, Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin too. Not too shabby for a tight end who supposedly can’t stretch the field.
The most incredible Fasano stat? In 2010, 74% of his catches were good for first downs. Those are extremely clutch numbers, and third among tight ends behind Pro Bowlers Antonio Gates and Todd Heap. For his career, 65% of Fasano’s catches have moved the chains and kept drives alive. To give you an little historical perspective, Jim “Crash” Jensen, famous for finding the first down marker, had a 57.6% conversion rate.
It’s always good to bring in fresh talent and competition, but while Clay learns the ropes we have no problem at all going to war with Anthony Fasano at tight end. He’s underrated, and acquiring him on the cheap was a strong move by The Trifecta.
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