Clemson football: Are the 5 groups on offense better than in 2019?

Travis Etienne Clemson Tigers (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Tight ends – Better

The tight ends did an admirable job in 2019 without Braden Galloway, who is clearly the best tight end on the team and could end up as one of the best to ever wear a Clemson football uniform.

His unjust suspension due to a bogus trace amount of a substance used to cut weight really hurt the Tigers in this area. Chalk and Jay did a decent job in Galloways’ absence, but Galloway changes the entire dynamic of the Tigers offense.

His presence will allow for more single coverage for the receivers on this team as well as Etienne, Dixon, and the rest of the running backs out of the backfield.

Sure, this is a lot of pressure to put on a tight end but that is how good and elite he is and what a difference-maker he will be in 2020. Chalk and Jay both showed last year that there are moments and games that are too big for them.

Hopefully, another offseason of growth will help them be more productive in 2020 when their particular package is on the field. Overall, this may be the best tight end group that the Tigers have had, and depending on what happens after the season, 2021 could be even better.