We don't place the following in that category, but when asked to name the game's finest tight end, the New York Jets coach didn't pick a certain hyper-productive, Zubaz-pants-wearing pass-catcher from Foxborough.
Darlington: True blue collar
New York's secondary will be tested by Davis without their best defensive player, Darrelle Revis, but Gronkowski might not be a Patriot if it weren't for Ryan.
Chris Smith's book, "Smart Football," notes how Ryan's defensive wizardry helped prompt Belichick to rethink his offense. New England's shift to a no-huddle, spread scheme has everything to do with overwhelming Gang Green's secondary -- and its linebackers -- with a pair of dominating tight ends in Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. The duo helped Belichick take down the Jets twice last season.
There was really no right answer to this tight end question. Rex and the Jets have to face them all.