News: Ben Koyack
was named to Mackey Award Watch List for the best tight end in the country.
Analysis: Ben Koyack
takes over for Troy Niklas, who is now in the NFL. Even though he only had three touchdowns last year, look for a big year out of Koyack, especially if teams choose to contain the run and Everett Golson.
News: Issac Blakeney
hauled in a 35-yard touchdown pass during Monday's scrimmage.
Analysis: Issac Blakeney
has become a favorite of local writers as he has slimmed down to 225 pounds and will use his 6-foot-6 frame as a wide receiver this season after previously being a tight end lined up in the slot. He's officially on sleeper lists at this point, and assuming he has tight end eligibility, he's well worth a gamble now that he's playing on the outside.
Quarterbacks coach Liam Coen said he isn't sure who will become the starting quarterback for the Minutemen, according to Mass Live.com.
Analysis: A.J. Doyle
started some last year, and transfer Blake Frohnapfel is the other top candidate for the job. No matter what, UMass' quarterback situation should not hold the attention of fantasy owners for very long.
News: Cole Gautsche
and backup quarterback Clayton Mitchem have both been throwing the ball well in fall camp, leading to hopes that New Mexico will be able to use its passing game as a threat to discourage defenses from cheating up against its ground attack in 2014, the Albuquerque Journal reports.
That Cole Gautsche
and Mitchem seem to have taken a major step forward in advancing New Mexico's passing game is a major positive for the Lobos, as its running attack in 2014 will lack star tailback Kasey Carrier. The Journal is correct in noting that Gautsche and Mitchem won't likely "suddenly become a Peyton Manning" - and that that is just fine given "that kind of precision in the passing game isn't necessary in UNM's run-oriented offense." Still, should Gautsche and Mitchem be able to establish enough consistency when throwing the ball to prevent defenses from cheating up to stop the ground game, New Mexico should find continued success running the ball, whether on the legs of Jhurell Pressley, fellow junior David Anaya, sophomore Teriyon Gipson, redshirt freshman Romell Jordan or true freshmen Tyrone Owens and Diquon Woodhouse.
News: Cameron Clear
could become more involved in the Texas A&M offense this season, ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Cameron Clear
barely saw the ball in 2013, catching four passes for 42 yards and a touchdown for the Aggies. However, with Johnny Manziel out of the picture, coach Kevin Sumlin may go back to using his tight ends, which was a major part of his offensive schemes at Houston and as offensive coordinator for A&M not so long ago.
News: Jake McGee
is expected to be a vital part of the Florida offense this season, ESPN.com reports.
The Virginia transfer led the Cavaliers in receiving in 2013, hauling in 43 passes for 395 yards and two touchdowns. Jake McGee
has great size at 6-foot-6, 255-lbs, and should be a nice safety valve for quarterback Jeff Driskel.
News: Randall Telfer
tells the Los Angeles Times that head coach Steve Sarkisian intends for the tight end "to be a weapon in this offense" in 2014, and that "based on [Sarkisian's] track record with previous tight ends," Telfer believes him.
Fantasy owners in all league formats should have Randall Telfer
on their radar, especially considering that Sarkisian has worked with two Mackey Award winners in the past seven years - USC's Fred Davis and Washington's Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Telfer struggled through several leg injuries last season, but, according to position coach Marques Tuiasosopo, thus far in fall camp looks "like he hasn't missed a beat." Given junior Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick has been ruled academically ineligible this season, only Telfer and freshman Bryce Dixon remain scholarship tight ends for USC. That seemingly makes the starting role Telfer's to lose, and, subsequently, qualifies the 6-4, 260-pound senior as a potential gem for fantasy owners tapping into the Pac-12.
Coach Jeff Quinn touted Matt Weiser
as a "more complete" tight end, according to the Buffalo News.
Analysis: Matt Weiser
had 13 receptions for 154 yards and a touchdown last season. Even with the prospect of a bigger role this year, he does not yet belong on the radar of fantasy owners.
News: Riley Barnes
is reportedly getting reps with the first-team offense in fall camp ahead of fellow tight end Jerin McClendon, the Fresno Bee reports.
Analysis: Riley Barnes
may be getting additional reps ahead of McClendon, a fellow senior, but notes the Fresno Bee, tight end is "one position group where the Bulldogs don't appear close to clarity." Expect both seniors to have a leg up on a starting role as fall camp continues, but don't yet count out freshmen Chad Olson or Kyle Riddering.
News: Braxton Deaver
will not join the team until August 9 due to a suspension for undisclosed reasons, the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
"Braxton is not going to join us until (Saturday) August 9," head coach David Cutcliffe said. "He's doing a few things to satisfy me, which I expect to be done in a timely manner. He should be finished with those things and ready to go and in great spirits and attitude by August 9. I'm looking forward to that for him." David Reeves is working as the team's top tight end until Braxton Deaver
returns, and while it isn't something that should linger into September, Deaver could see some split snaps early in the season, resulting in a slower start.