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Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Mailbag: Rookie TE in San Diego

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Midweek mail call:

Eric from San Diego wants to know if Chargers rookie tight end Ladarius Green can fill a role this season.

Bill Williamson: I don’t think the Chargers are counting on the fourth-rounder for much more than being a special teamer this season and learning the system. If Green -- who could be the eventual replacement for star Antonio Gates -- can come in and catch 20-30 passes, it would be a bonus. Green has strong receiving skills and the Chargers have an eye on him for the future. But he doesn’t have to make a huge impact as a rookie.


Adam from Sacramento wants to know if Oakland rookie free-agent Derek Carrier could take on a tight end/fullback role as well.

BW: Carrier is 6-foot-3, 240 pounds and he is supremely athletic. He has the ability to play anywhere the Raiders want him to play. I think he can potentially become a tight end or an H-back. This is a developmental player who is likely headed to the practice squad. I could see the Raiders getting creative with him and developing him at different spots. He’s a prospect to watch.


Michael from Denver wants to know if I think Denver practice squad quarterback Adam Weber has a future with the team.

BW: I don’t think Weber has much of a future in Denver. He might stick around as a practice squader for another year. But with Caleb Hanie and second-round pick Brock Osweiler backing up Peyton Manning, there isn’t much room for Weber on Denver’s 53-man roster.