Jan 1, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Detroit Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew (87) rushes with the football during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. The Packers defeated the Lions 45-41. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

Brandon Pettigrew Is The NFL's Most Underrated Tight End

I came across this list today and was stunned to see that Brandon Pettigrew wasn’t mentioned in the top 10 of the league’s best tight ends.  Over the past couple of seasons, NFL teams have relied more and more on their tight ends.  Jimmy Graham of the Saints and New England’s Rob Gronkowski led the resurgence of the position last year.  How important are tight ends in the league now?  Well, the Patriots just signed the “Gronk” to an eight year, 55.23 million dollar contract.  In the NFL, where the tight end position is becoming incredibly important, Brandon Pettigrew proved last year why he is one of the best.

Last year, Brandon Pettigrew caught 83 passes for 777 yards and 5 touchdowns.  Only the two tight ends I mentioned above (Graham and Gronkowski) had more receptions than Brandon Pettigrew.  In 2010, Pettigrew had the third-most catches in the league at the tight end position.

Even with his impressive stats in the past two years , he is never mentioned as one of the top in the NFL.  Don’t get me wrong, Graham and Gronkowski are definitely the best, but Pettigrew should be deserving of more recognition than he has received.

So why is he overlooked?  Having Calvin Johnson who is Mr. Universe on the team probably has a lot to do with that.  Take away Megatron and Brandon Pettigrew is the team’s leader in receptions.  Pettigrew is entering his fourth year out of Oklahoma State, but he has only completed two years where he was full health.  The fact that Pettigrew is still young is great news for Lions fans.

Last year, I predicted Pettigrew to be a Pro-Bowler.  Jimmy Graham and Tony Gonzalez were named the NFC’s two tight ends for last season.  While the two are likely to be the two Pro Bowlers next year (especially since Gonzalez will receive much fan love as it is likely his last year), I expect Pettigrew to keep up his pace as one of the league’s best.  Hopefully he will garner a lot more attention and notoriety than he has in the past.

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