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Old 03-11-2008   #21
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He is a hell of a blocker....he has worth and we don't really have a TE that can block well otherwise...yet.
LOL. I don't understand how so many TEs cannot block effectively. I guess it's the situation of facing monstrous d-linemen and getting overpowered.

You'd think more TEs would be able to block, or would at least make it a priority to learn the skill over time. It's obviously prolonged Breuner's career, earning him more seasons in the league.
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I have thrown away sports page today, but if I remember correctly $300,000 bonus and another $200,000 roster bonus. Total one year deal apprx $860,000. I could not find article on Chronicle web site to link.
Those bonuses were for Earl.

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Bruener, 35, who is entering his 14th season, signed a one-year deal for $870,000 with $100,000 guaranteed. He's primarily a blocking tight end, who will play an integral role in an offense determined to improve its running game this season.

Earl, 6-1, 213 pounds, signed a one-year deal worth $1 million, which included a $300,000 signing bonus and a $200,000 roster bonus.
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LOL. I don't understand how so many TEs cannot block effectively. I guess it's the situation of facing monstrous d-linemen and getting overpowered.

You'd think more TEs would be able to block, or would at least make it a priority to learn the skill over time.
It's obviously prolonged Breuner's career, earning him more seasons in the league.
Because a lot of TE are not asked to do this, they are used as WR more than what the TE of old was used for. It used to be block first and catch second, now it is catch and if it is a must get in the defensive guys way long enough so the QB can throw the ball away.
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LOL. I don't understand how so many TEs cannot block effectively. I guess it's the situation of facing monstrous d-linemen and getting overpowered.

You'd think more TEs would be able to block, or would at least make it a priority to learn the skill over time. It's obviously prolonged Breuner's career, earning him more seasons in the league.
not everyone can be a great blocker when it comes to being physical enough to handle NFL front7 types and it isn't always something you can coach up. It's fairly hard to find "great" all-around TE's that can catch and run like a wr but stout enough to hang in there with edge rushers.
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not everyone can be a great blocker when it comes to being physical enough to handle NFL front7 types and it isn't always something you can coach up. It's fairly hard to find "great" all-around TE's that can catch and run like a wr but stout enough to hang in there with edge rushers.
Even though he played for the Giants most of his career, Mark Bavaro would be my idea of a classic all-around TE. He was one tough SOB.

I used to like to watch him play the game.
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not everyone can be a great blocker when it comes to being physical enough to handle NFL front7 types and it isn't always something you can coach up. It's fairly hard to find "great" all-around TE's that can catch and run like a wr but stout enough to hang in there with edge rushers.
I suspect that explains why some blocking TE's have been converted to LT's.
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