New Orleans Saints: 3 toughest tight ends on 2021 schedule

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The New Orleans Saints might have a decent-looking 2021 schedule but there are three tight ends that won’t be easy to face when the time comes. Let’s dive into those three tight ends and what New Orleans can expect when facing them.

Before we get into that, I only decided to list three tight ends because the others aren’t all that intimidating. Honestly, the Saints lucked out in the fact that they won’t be facing any terrifying tight ends like Travis Kelce or George Kittle, but defending these three won’t exactly be a walk in the park.

Now, let’s check out the three most difficult tight ends on the Saints’ schedule.

Toughest TEs on New Orleans Saints Schedule: No. 3 – Rob Gronkowski

A few years ago, Rob Gronkowski would have been No. 1 with a bullet on this kind of list. After a brief retirement and having to compete with other tight ends on his new team, Gronk isn’t the same player but he’s on the list for a reason.

Gronkowski started the season off slow last year but ended on a respectable note, posting 45 receptions for 623 yards and seven touchdowns. His best game came at the best possible time for the Buccaneers, as it was in the Super Bowl. Gronk caught six receptions for 67 yards and found the end zone twice against the Chiefs.

Gronkowski didn’t do much damage at all against the Saints last year but he was still finding his footing after taking a year off from the sport. He’ll be more locked in this year and is definitely one of the scarier tight ends on the Saints’ schedule in 2021.