High and tight: ‘Skins stacked at tight end

Posted at 10:51 AM, Aug 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-03 10:51:08-04

Richmond, Va. - Wes Phillips has a bit of a dilemma.

"Well, that's a good problem to have if it is one," Phillips told News 3.

The Redskins tight ends coach might have too much talent.

"We went from having a very small room to a very plentiful room, so to speak, so we'll just have to use them," explained head coach Jay Gruden.

"I'm really pleased with the guys I'm working with," Phillips added. "I feel like we have a chance to be the best tight end group in the league if we keep working."

Redskins tight end Vernon Davis

Redskins tight end Vernon Davis

Among tight ends, only the Bengals' Tyler Eifert caught more touchdowns than Washington's Jordan Reed last year. Throw in the 55 career TDs of free agent signee Vernon Davis, and add Niles Paul who is back after missing 2015 with a knee injury - and the opportunities could get tight for the tight ends.

"It starts in the locker room: the bonding, the chemistry, just cultivating the relationships you need to cultivate," Davis explained.

"We have a lot of great players on offense, so it's going to be hard to make me the primary guy all the time," Reed said. "I'm just going to do my job."

All three guys can potentially be on the field at the same time. But, that's another problem.

"Put one of our guys in or two of our guys in or three of our guys in, you're taking out someone else - somebody like a Crowder or a DeSean," Phillips noted.

Wes Phillips' issues are good problems to have. As for the ones the Redskins tight ends may cause opposing defenses? That's a different story.