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2023 TCU Football Position Review: Tight Ends

We take a look back at the 2023 season to grade the performance of TCU’s tight ends.

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Tight Ends

Jared Wiley came to TCU from Texas and had a solid first season, but I’m not sure many people thought he would have as big of an impact as he did this year. Wiley led the Frogs in receiving touchdowns with 8 on the year, and he caught 47 passes for 520 yards as well. Pro Football Focus ranked Wiley as the No. 20 tight end in the country in terms of receiving grades.

In the run game, Wiley was not the best blocker, earning a run block grade of 48.8. However, I can’t remember many times this year that I felt Wiley was missing blocks that resulted in TFLs or sacks. Either way, his importance to the offense this year can’t be understated. He also had arguably the best catch of the season for the Frogs. Wiley departs for the NFL, so it will be important that TCU find someone to replace the playmaker.

Jared Wiley 2023 Grade: B+

Chase Curtis was the other tight end that saw significant playing time this season. He’s also another guy who had his season cut short by injury as he did not play after the Kansas State game. Curtis did not have much of an impact in the passing game, finishing the season with 131 yards on just 15 receptions. Curtis made his contributions in the run game. PFF graded Curtis with a 70.6 in run blocking.

Chase Curtis 2023 Grade: C+

The TCU passing attack will likely be potent next season. Kendal Briles showed at the end of the year he has no issues throwing the ball 50+ times a game with Josh Hoover. The only significant loss from the receiving corps is Jared Wiley. Hopefully the Frogs can add 1 or 2 receivers in the portal while also continuing to develop the guys that are on campus. My expectation is that TCU will rely heavily on the pass next season with the lack of a true RB1. For better or worse, the fate of the offense will lie with this group and Josh Hoover.