MAC Confrence (ID# 235849)
  • Trey Burton the long-term No. 2 TE in PHL
    Trey Burton is expected to be groomed into the Eagles' future No. 2 tight end.

    Advice: Burton, an undrafted project out of Florida last year, is a plus special teamer for now. Eventually, the Eagles hope he can play that role and back up Zach Ertz. Burton played some wideout while at the University of Florida.
    Today, 9:33 am
    Mon 4:10 pm @ Atl
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.20 (2455th)
  • Zach Ertz expected to make a leap in snaps
    CSN Philly's Geoff Mosher expects Zach Ertz to make a "sizable jump in snaps" this season.

    Advice: Ertz played 40.5 percent of the snaps as a rookie in 2013 and only progressed to 50.3 percent last year. Too often he was watching from the sideline as superior blocker Brent Celek held the edge in Chip Kelly's scheme. Celek returns for his ninth season in Philly, but Ertz is expected to surpass him on the back of improvement in the blocking department. We know the Eagles need him on the field as a receiver now that Jeremy Maclin is gone -- especially in red zone. Ertz will break out if he gets roughly 75 percent of the snaps.
    Today, 9:14 am
    Mon 4:10 pm @ Atl
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.31 (84th)
  • Pettine: New TE Rob Housler is 'the ideal F'
    Coach Mike Pettine referred to TE Rob Housler as "the ideal 'F.'"

    Advice: The "F" position refers to the move tight end spot, a player that is often detached from the line. That's where Housler, a 6'5/248 specimen with 4.55 speed and a 37-inch vertical, wins. Don't be surprised if he breaks his previous career-high of 45 catches, set in 2012. Housler's current ADP is undrafted in standard-sized leagues.
    Today, 6:14 am
    Sun 10:00 am @ NYJ
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.37 (214th)
  • Carroll singles out Jimmy Graham
    Coach Pete Carroll singled out Jimmy Graham as a player who stood out during OTAs.

    Advice: Graham has taken to his new surroundings well. "He’s fit in with the players," Carroll said. "There was some talk about stuff in other seasons and all, that’s become part of the fun. He’s a great addition." Graham doesn't have the same ceiling he once did thanks to Seattle's run-based attack, but he'll be Russell Wilson's top target and a good bet for double-digit touchdowns again.
    Yesterday, 7:48 am
    Sun 10:00 am @ StL
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.52 (78th)
  • Clay Harbor missed most of OTAs
    Jaguars TE Clay Harbor missed most of OTAs due to a calf injury.

    Advice: Injuries have often plagued the athletic yet underperforming Harbor. He'll compete to be Julius Thomas' backup at training camp.
    Yesterday, 5:47 am
    Sun 10:00 am vs Car
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.37 (2444th)
  • Raiders want TE Walford to be Week 1 starter
    The Raiders want rookie TE Clive Walford to be a Week 1 starter.

    Advice: Walford has a chance to unseat Mychal Rivera in training camp after impressing at OTAs. He’s reportedly looked better than Rivera in the passing game, but projects to get most of his snaps as an inline blocker. Walford remains unlikely to make a rookie-year impact.
    Saturday, 1:48 pm
    Sun 1:25 pm vs Cin
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.62 (256th)
  • Jace Amaro not going to be a '60-catch' guy
    ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini does not see second-year TE Jace Amaro as a "60-catch tight end."

    Advice: Cimini has been underwhelmed by Amaro at practice, saying he needs to cut down on his drops and play with more urgency. Cimini said in May he thought Amaro "could make a nice leap forward" in his second season, but minicamp must have changed his mind. Amaro turned 38 receptions into 345 yards and two touchdowns in his rookie year.
    Saturday, 7:20 am
    Sun 10:00 am vs Cle
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.78 (155th)
  • Nick O’Leary expected to make final roster
    ESPN’s Mike Rodak expects sixth-round TE Nick O’Leary to make the final roster.

    Advice: O’Leary mixed in first-team OTA reps with Chris Gragg and MarQueis Gray. With Buffalo expected to keep four tight ends under new OC Greg Roman, he’s all but locked into a roster spot. O’Leary has run blocking and athletic limitations, but could back up Charles Clay with a strong camp.
    Friday, 4:07 pm
    Sun 10:00 am vs Ind
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.17 (2458th)
  • Seferian-Jenkins candidate for a breakout lists Austin Seferian-Jenkins as a candidate for a breakout year.

    Advice: Seferian-Jenkins is "primed for the type of season the Bucs envisioned when they drafted him," according to reporter Scott Smith. With Jameis Winston at the controls and in a more tight end-friendly offense, ASJ will easily outperform his 21/221/2 rookie-year line if he stays healthy. Nick O’Leary led tight ends in targets (73) and won the Mackey Award as Winston’s primary checkdown last year.
    Friday, 3:41 pm
    Sun 1:25 pm vs Ten
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.76 (134th)
  • Giants high on undrafted TE Matt LaCosse
    Giants TE coach Kevin Gilbride Jr raved about UDFA Matt LaCosse’s performance during offseason workouts.

    Advice: "Different skillset," Gilbride Jr said. "He's a linear guy, can get down the field. Very bright. Matt didn't make many mistakes. We had him in a role where we moved him around all the time." LaCosse played a limited role in the Illinois offense, but ran 4.64 at his Pro Day with 20 bench press reps. He's competing with Adrien Robinson, Jerome Cunningham, and Will Tye for the No. 3 tight end job.
    Friday, 2:17 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1842nd)
  • Tony Moeaki actually healthy for now
    Falcons TE Tony Moeaki will enter training camp healthy.

    Advice: It's more surprising when Moeaki is actually intact than when he's sidelined. The talented athlete has dealt with elbow, hand, leg, concussion, ACL, shoulder and hamstring issues in his career, resulting in him bouncing around the fringe of rosters. Still only 28, Moeaki will try to stay healthy and beat out favorite Jacob Tamme for pass-catching tight end duties in August.
    Thursday, 6:32 am
    Mon 4:10 pm vs Phi
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.50 (2433rd)
  • Charles Clay will play all three downs
    The Bills intend to use Charles Clay on all three downs.

    Advice: The Bills showed how high they were on Clay by making him the NFL's highest-paid tight end over the next three years. He's going to be an every-down player and his ADP is currently undrafted. There's not a ton of upside given the Bills' offensive philosophy and quarterback situation, but 60 catches is within reach.
    Thursday, 6:18 am
    Sun 10:00 am vs Ind
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.60 (133rd)
  • Julius Thomas to be a focal point for Jags
    Julius Thomas is expected to be a focal point for the Jaguars immediately.

    Advice: The Jags didn't give Thomas a $46 million contract for fun. They're going to want him involved early and often as a pass-catcher, the area where he excels. ESPN reports OC Greg Olson is lining Thomas up in "various spots," and we'd expect Thomas to be split off the formation a ton just like he was in Denver. The problem is he's going from Peyton Manning to Blake Bortles, therefore losing a massive amount of red-zone opportunity and efficiency. Thomas' value has been propped up by his 24 touchdowns in his last 27 games with Peyton.
    Tuesday, 8:42 am
    Sun 10:00 am vs Car
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.06 (120th)
  • NFLPA looking into Thompson release
    The NFLPA is looking into the Titans' release of TE Taylor Thompson.

    Advice: The Titans waived Thompson Friday without an injury designation. However, he says he needs knee surgery for a lingering issue stemming back to last season. Thompson went as far to say he could undergo microfracture surgery, which would keep him off the field for the 2015 season.
    Jun 22, 8:55 am
    Sun 1:25 pm @ TB
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1817th)
  • Eifert 'caught virtually everything' at OTAs
    Tyler Eifert (elbow, shoulder) "caught virtually everything thrown his way" during open practices this spring.

    Advice: Even though the Bengals held Eifert out of some 11-on-11 work, he's completely over the shoulder surgery and elbow dislocation that torpedoed his 2014 season. He'll be turned loose once training camp opens and will play heavy snaps now that Jermaine Gresham is gone. A talented pass-catcher who went 21st overall in 2013, Eifert has streamer appeal and low-end TE1 upside.
    Jun 22, 7:04 am
    Sun 1:25 pm @ Oak
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.78 (159th)
  • Walford has a chance to beat out Rivera?
    ESPN Raiders reporter Bill Williamson said rookie Clive Walford has a chance to beat out Mychal Rivera for the starting tight end job.

    Advice: Williamson wrote that Walford "appears to be more dynamic than Rivera" and "looks like he can make an immediate impact." Rookie tight ends almost never make an immediate offensive impact, so take this praise with a large grain of salt. Still, Walford's presence should prevent Rivera from matching the 99 targets he saw last season. Neither player is an enticing redraft option.
    Jun 20, 8:22 am
    Sun 1:25 pm vs Cin
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.62 (256th)
  • Bucs expected to target the tight end more
    ESPN Bucs reporter Pat Yasinskas expects new OC Dirk Koetter to target the tight ends more this season.

    Advice: Tampa Bay quarterbacks targeted tight ends on 15% of their throws last season, which is well below league average. Under Koetter, that number should rise closer to the 20% mark, giving Austin Seferian-Jenkins a great chance to better his 38 targets from last season. ASJ is a decent TE2 flier in the late rounds.
    Jun 20, 7:35 am
    Sun 1:25 pm vs Ten
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.76 (134th)
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