Thursday, May 15, 2014
Bucs have logjam at tight end
By Pat Yasinskas
On Wednesday, we talked about running back being one of the most crowded positions on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' roster.
Now, it's time for a look at another position that suddenly is overflowing with depth. That's tight end.
After using a second-round pick on Austin Seferian-Jenkins, tight end suddenly is one of the deepest positions on the roster. That's a good thing because it was one of the thinnest spots on the roster last year.
Seferian-Jenkins is an all-around tight end with the ability to help as a runner or a blocker. His draft status probably means he'll be the starter. The Bucs also have Tim Wright, Brandon Myers, Luke Stocker and Tom Crabtree.
How does the depth chart line up after Seferian-Jenkins? Teams usually carry three tight ends and that means there will be two odd men out. Things will sort themselves out in training camp and the preseason.
But, right now, I'd say Myers and Wright are likely to stay on the roster while Crabtree and Stocker could be expendable. The Bucs paid decent money to sign Myers as a free agent and Wright caught 54 passes last year as a rookie.
The previous regime had high hopes for Stocker and Crabtree, but those two were dealing with injuries last year and barely made an impact. If Stocker and Crabtree are going to have any chance of making the roster, they'll need to make strong impressions in training camp and the preseason.