It’s important for pass-catchers to develop strong field vision; to learn how to work between defenders, adjust within the coverage around them, and make life as easy on their quarterback as possible. When the passer knows that you’ll work to space and win with leverage, he’s more apt to target you, and you become a trustworthy and consistent option.
This is arguably even more important for tight ends than it is for wide receivers, given the structure of the offense. For offenses like Utah State’s which regularly asked the tight end to operate in short zone areas, Aggie TE Dax Raymond was tasked with finding quick space and making tough catches in traffic.
But Raymond was a high school QB, and that background contributes to his excellent field vision. Raymond regularly anticipates where space will develop, and has a natural sense of timing with his quarterback’s drops and progression. This makes Dax as trustworthy a receiving TE as they come, and allows him to maximize YAC and show off his strong hands through traffic.
These two plays from the opening game of the 2018 season against Michigan State — both key third down conversions — model what Raymond can become for a team that uses its tight end for quick, high volume targets.