If you all remember I did a series of articles in June of 2017 that looked at the departing starters from the 2016 season and who I thought would be replacing them for 2017. With that I assigned a grade of “Upgrade“, “Downgrade” or “Draw‘.
What I’ll do first is look at each position, or unit, along the offense or defense as of today and write down who I think will be the starter and why it will be that guy. Then I’ll assign a ranking of “Upgrade” if I see an upgrade in player quality, “Downgrade’ if I see a lessening of talent or “Draw” if I think we’ll match last year’s player(s) in the position or unit.
Here is a piece on the TEs written by Not Rocket Science (NRS) who has been around forever and disagrees with me on a regular basis. Well, this time I can return the favor.
A quick look at last year’s tight ends.
Matt Flannigan GP 9, 17 for 160 yards, 10.94 average, o TD
Chris Clark GP 12, 16 for 122 yards, 7.63 average, 1 TD
Tyler Sear GP 9, 1 for 10 yards, 10 average, 0 TD
Certainly nothing to write home about. Watson either did not utilize the TEs or the QB’s simply could not find them in the progressions. I also believe they were kept in to block more. Clark and Sear were essentially playing their first years. Clark seemed to have potential as a receiver. Too bad he quit football. Sear only had one catch but his blocking came a long way and he did well against VT and Miami. Flannigan certainly was not an athletic guy and only played in nine games. I think he was average.
This year’s group includes the following:
Tyler Sear SO – the top TE prospect in PA for his class. Also, played hoops.
Will Gragg rsJR – top recruit coming out of high school. Didn’t play much at Arkansas. Caught some balls over the middle, shuffle passes, screen plays, blocks decent. His highlights are below. Go to 1:45 in the clip if you want to see his athleticism.
2017 highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1foimGz9A2E
Grant Carrigan rsFR – Hugh kid. Maybe an OL tackle in the future.