Moe wrote:WaPo had an article today on the TE spot, some notes:
-people thought the team went to Vegas to scout Carson Strong but they were always interested in Cole Turner.
- positional flexibility is always something the offense looks for and in Turner and Thomas there are two guys who likely will move around the formations and really cause issues for the D.
- Since '17, Wentz has targeted TE at just over 30% of all passes which is second most in league.
- last year they kept 4 TE on active roster, so assuming Thomas and Bates are locks, Turner has inside edge, which leave 1 spot for AGG, Hodges, Rogers and Reyes.
- All of Turner, AGG, Hodges, Rogers and Reyes are relatively new to the TE spot, but all have the athleticism to change the formations and play off the line.
- Turner worked with Joe Staley on blocking this off-season and AGG is over 230lbs. and showed more strength in early pratices.
- as a group they are huge: AGG is smallest at 6'4" and 230 and Hodges is 6'8"...big targets.
- OC Turner joked that this group might allow them to get crazy and not just run 11 or 12 personnel (1rb and 1/2TE respectively) but maybe play 13 or 14 personnel. Nod towards Belichick and how use platoons TE's and the mismatches they can create.
I actually think that the TE group is the one i am most excited to see in camp. Some very intriguing prospects/potential with those backend guys but lots to learn for them. I would love to see all of the above names, at worst , show enough to at least make the practice squad. I also heard that Armah(?), the FB, got a mention...i think it was Keim? WR6 is going to be a dogfight too, my guess is that the top-5 are pretty much set.
Other positions/names i saw mentioned yesterday ; both Percy Butler and Christian Holmes started to show out recently, which would be huge for our DB depth. Darrick Forrest seems to be getting some attention too, has been lining up as the BN. Jamin Davis got reps in the 1-LB set. I think Davis could be a fun part-time option playing the BN. Both Turner and JDR have the players that are versatile enough to lineup in one spot and then re-set elsewhere to really confuse an offense.