No True Starting Tight End (Yet)August 16th, 2014
If the Bucs have one loaded position it is tight end. Outside of running back, no other position is as deep.
There is Tim Wright, who came from nowhere last year as a rookie to become one of the better tight ends in the NFL. Then there is rookie Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who is a monster. He may not be ready (yet) to start, but as a receiver, he is a matchup nightmare.
And then there is free agent tight end Brandon Myers. Joe is not trying to be a jerk here, but Myers was virtually invisible in training camp. Joe saw him catch a pass on the last practice and Twittered out that, yes, Myers did exist.
Oh, yeah. For those counting at home, there’s fan favorite Luke Stocker, which brings the number of potential tight ends on the roster to four. But who starts? That’s a question Pat Yasinskas of ESPN wonders aloud.
Who’s the starting tight end? This is not a one-person answer. The Bucs are going to play three tight ends extensively. Wright will line up in the slot and at H-Back as well as tight end. Brandon Myers and rookie Austin Seferian-Jenkins also are going to get plenty of work with the first team and there will be a good amount of two tight end sets. All three tight ends are going to get a lot of playing time.
So who starts? Joe is going to go out on a limb and suggest there won’t be a “starting” tight end. Hear Joe out:
Each tight end has a different skill set. Myers can block. Wright can catch. ASJ, in time, can do both. Even he admits his blocking is not where it should be.
Joe thinks whatever formation Bucs offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford starts a game with will dictate who starts. Wright, ASJ and Myers will all see a lot of playing time.
A starting tight end? That term will need an asterisk.