When it comes to training camp, NFL fans can be forgiven for losing interest in debating the merits of a fifth string cornerback or which backup linebacker will be a special teams star. Much of the preseason practice schedule involves conversation about names that are not known and then quickly forgotten.
Positional battles that involve the top of the depth chart are the meat and potatoes of what turns training camp into a more anticipated event than a date with a supermodel. OK maybe not that anticipated but it’s close. At the tight end position, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have an action-packed late summer appointment.
What isn’t to like about the positional battle that the Bucs will have at tight end in camp? Veteran free agent looking to make a name for himself in a new city? Check. Young player on the verge of a breakout season? Check. Insanely talented yet unproven rookie pass-catcher? Check. The most seasoned member of the position in danger of being cut? Check.
Tim Wright was the go-to tight end for Mike Glennon in 2013. With Josh McCown now the supposed starting quarterback and rookie second round draft pick Austin Seferian-Jenkins in the mix, there is reason to believe that a new top target could be on horizon. Further consider Jeff Tedford is now the team’s offensive coordinator after spending time in the college ranks.
Wright is athletically gifted and showed signs of possibly being a solid number one tight end in the NFL. Seferian-Jenkins was a phenom for the Washington Huskies and should push Wright for the top spot on the depth chart.
Tedford is not adverse to having two tight ends on the field as pass-catchers so there is some semantics involved in arguing over who the “starter” is at the position. What is at question is who McCown favors the most in third down situations. Because this is the first time that McCown will be throwing to either target– what transpires in training camp will go a long way toward determining what to expect in the regular season.
Brandon Myers is an interesting free agent pick-up for the Bucs. His presence alone could spell doom for Luke Stocker. Keeping four tight ends on the active roster would be unlikely in the least. It’s doubtful the Bucs brought a tight end of Myers ability and still plan to keep Stocker on the final 53 man roster.
Do not discount Myers ability to move into top destination either. The former New York Giant is a complete player.
Unless Stocker can impress mightily in camp and or prove he belongs as an H-back blocker type– the former Tennessee Volunteer should be the odd man out.
— James Gomez (@JGoTheFan) June 11, 2014