Austin Seferian-Jenkins
Austin Seferian-Jenkins says his foot has healed
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, TB
1:03 PM
News: Buccaneers rookie tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, a second-round pick who could start, said his left foot is in good shape following February surgery for a stress fracture, reports the Tampa Bay Times.

"I feel really good. My foot feels really good," he said. "I've been running routes, doing all the exercise and workout drills that they've asked me to do. I feel very comfortable and confident that I'll be ready to go when it comes to training camp."

The foot injury limited Seferian-Jenkins during the team's rookie minicamp. He missed OTAs and the mandatory minicamp because of the University of Washington's academic calendar.

"The only thing you can really do is try to learn the formations and concepts, the methodology of the offense, but there's nothing that substitutes for the hands-on experience of being out there running routes, and getting the timing down with the quarterbacks, the communication, all that stuff," he said. "There's definitely going to be a little bit of a learning curve, but that's to be expected when you're not there at all. It's nothing I can't overcome. I'm just going into it one day at a time and will be working really hard."

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Levine Toilolo
Levine Toilolo bulks up
Levine Toilolo, TE, ATL
10:39 AM
News: Falcons tight end Levine Toilolo "added a lot of muscle in the offseason, especially to his upper body," reports the team's website. The 6-8 Toilolo played at 265 pounds last year. The website did not say how much Toilolo weighs now.

Toilolo figures to start now that Tony Gonzalez has retired. He won't get nearly as many passes thrown his way, but could become a red-zone factor. Toilolo caught 11 balls for 55 yards and two touchdowns last season while appearing in every game.

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Dwayne Allen
'Possibilities are endless' with Dwayne Allen's return
Dwayne Allen, TE, IND
9:43 AM
News: Colts tight end Dwayne Allen played just 32 snaps last season before suffering a season-ending hip injury. His loss took a lot of unique formations out of Indianapolis' playbook as they intended to use a lot of two-tight end sets and feature Allen, the official team website reports.

However, with Allen healed and ready to start training camp, the site says the "possibilities are endless" in how the Colts use Allen and teammate Coby Fleener this season. 

"It makes us a better football team," tight ends coach Alfredo Roberts said of a healthy Allen. "Getting him back is like getting a brand new player."

The Colts expect to be more creative on offense with Allen back in the fold.

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Richard Rodgers
Aaron Rodgers talks up tight end Richard Rodgers
Richard Rodgers, TE, GB
7/9/2014
News: The Packers are unsettled at tight end, which means rookie Richard Rodgers could emerge as an option. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers certainly liked throwing to the 6-4, 257-pounder in the spring, and Richard Rodgers could be the starter "sooner rather than later," reports the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

"When we made the pick, some of the so-called experts on the draft channel said he was a late sixth-round pick ... which is pretty laughable when you watch the talent he's got and the ability," Aaron Rodgers said. "You have to be excited about his body type and the hands.

"He's made some incredible catches, makes it look easy. I think he's going to push for some playing time if he can transfer what he's done in the spring now to the fall and have the potential to be an impact player."

Richard Rodgers ran a 4.87 forty coming out of California, two-tenths of a second slower than Jermichael Finley ran back in 2008, and often lined up in the slot in college, the paper said.

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Jermichael Finley
Jermichael Finley still hoping to return to Packers
Jermichael Finley, TE, GB
7/9/2014
News: Free agent tight end Jermichael Finley told ESPN.com he's working as hard as he can to return to the Packers. While Finley said this is the best he's felt "during this entire crazy process," he has yet to be cleared by team doctors.

Finley underwent neck fusion surgery last fall.

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Jordan Cameron
Browns seeking extension with Jordan Cameron
Jordan Cameron, TE, CLE
7/9/2014
News: Browns general manager Ray Farmer wants to sign tight end Jordan Cameron to a contract extension before training camp, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer. However, the likelihood is negotations will continue long after camp opens.

Cameron, entering the final year of his rookie deal, figures to be Cleveland's top pass-catching threat, assuming Josh Gordon is suspended. Cameron caught 80 passes and made the Pro Bowl last year after making 26 receptions in his first two seasons combined.

Cameron reportedly has turned down several offers from the Browns so far.

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Dennis Pitta
Dennis Pitta to play versatile role
Dennis Pitta, TE, BAL
7/9/2014
News: The Ravens are expected to use tight end Dennis Pitta in a variety of ways this offseason, reports the Baltimore Sun.

During offseason practices, Pitta has been split out as an extra wide receiver to working out of the backfield as well as traditional in-line tight end alignments.

"I have done a lot of different things in this offense already," Pitta said. "I would assume that would continue to increase, but I'm trying to get down the basics still right now and trying to be effective at some of our basic plays, and hopefully, I can get in a position where I can play a variety of positions."

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Brandon Pettigrew
Brandon Pettigrew fine with blocking more
Brandon Pettigrew, TE, DET
7/8/2014
News: Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew is ceding his spot as the top pass-catching tight end to rookie Eric Ebron, notes the Detroit Free Press. Pettigrew is O.K. with blocking more.

"Whatever it is, I’m a team guy," he said. "You know that. Everybody here has the same goal. We’re trying to win."

Pettigrew signed a four-year, $16 million contract this offseason despite the fact that his receptions and yards have dropped three straight years.

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Jimmy Graham
Saints, Jimmy Graham expected to reach deal
Jimmy Graham, TE, NO
7/8/2014
News: "It would be a shock" if the Saints and tight end Jimmy Graham don't work out a longterm deal by the July 15 deadline, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. If they don't reach an agreement, Graham would have to play the 2014 season under the one-year franchise tag of $7 million or sit out.

Neither of those options is "palatable" for either side, the report said.

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Kyle Rudolph
Kyle Rudolph slims down for more explosion
Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN
7/8/2014
News: Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph is down to 260 pounds after playing at 275 last season, reports ESPN.com. The 6-foot-6 Rudolph is training at Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald's camp this week, working on his speed in and out of cuts.

"Becoming more explosive in and out of cuts, that was the big emphasis for me, going back and watching a ton of (Cleveland) Browns tape (when Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner was the coordinator there last year)," Rudolph said.

"I've always watched a lot of (San Diego Chargers tight end) Antonio Gates (who played for Turner from 2007-12), and I don't know that there's anyone as good as him at getting in and out of breaks. That's been the big point of emphasis for me the whole year, and getting the weight down has helped a ton, I think. I feel like I run a lot smoother than I did at 275."

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