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: 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.
News: Duke Anyanwu
will miss the 2014 season with a knee injury, Fox Sports North's Tyler Mason reports.
The sophomore tight end didn't see any action as a freshman, and will have his debut as a Gopher delayed a year by the injury.
Maxx Williams: Looks Strong In Training Camp
, TE, MINN
News: Maxx Williams
had knee issues throughout the spring, but early signs in summer training camp show that he'll be ready for the start of the 2014 season, the Pioneer Press reports.
Analysis: Maxx Williams
started seven games last season for the Gophers and ultimately led the team in receiving yards (417) and touchdowns (5). 2014 is shaping up to be a big season for the redshirt sophomore who should be on fantasy radars across the board, especially since he's got a year of NCAAF under his belt.
The Rebels are expecting big things out of Evan Engram
this season, according to Andrew Scarborough of ESPN.com.
Analysis: Evan Engram
caught 21 passes for 268 yards and three touchdowns in seven games as a freshman before missing the remainder of the season with an ankle injury. "I cannot overstate it," [coach Hugh] Freeze said of Engram's absence. "We changed last year when he went out. We were not the same." Engram is a hybrid-type tight end who should give QB Bo Wallace another target opposite Laquon Treadwell.