Taking a break from the complicated choices and moving onto a simple one (Or is it?), today we’re tackling Tight Ends. The Lions presently have six on their roster, and carried three last season, but it’s your show so you pick who you want. The rules are here. Do it to it! Make your choices for the Roster Rodeo Tight Ends!
Stats Age 23 Ht: 6’7″ Wt: 255
Fauria came with accolades from UCLA where he was one of the hottest UDFAs on the market . His blocking ability is suspect, at best, but as a receiving target he impressed during his final season in college and in Training Camp. He has been used sparingly in the preseason and hasn’t lit the world on fire.
Stats Age 26 Ht: 6’3″ Wt: 251
Morrah is the most recent addition to the skill positions. Small for a TE, he’s more of an Hback type, meaning he’d have to really impress on Special Teams or beat out 2013 draft pick Michael Williams for a job.
Stats Age 28 Ht: 6’5″ Wt: 265
The single season record holder for Lions Tight Ends for both receptions and yards, Pettigrew is the bane of most fans due to his often and poorly timed drops. He has dropped some weight this season and there is a noticeable improvement in his quickness, though not in his hands.
Stats Age 30 Ht: 6’5″ Wt: 255
Scheffler received an increased number of targets in 2012, but struggled as it seemed teams had figured him out quite early. With almost no use as a blocker, Scheffler would have to return to his 2011 form for his usefulness as a receiver to be appreciated.
Stats Age 25 Ht: 6’7″ Wt: 255
Veldman was having a strong camp pushing Fauria for a spot on the roster, showing he could both receive and block well. A recent knee injury has sidelined him and he has yet to return to the field.
Stats Age 22 Ht: 6’5″ Wt: 278
Williams was a punishing blocker for Alabama but was often overshadowed due to their elite offensive line. He wasn’t used much as a receiver, but did well when called upon. There were concerns, however, that this was largely due to the attention the running game received. Drafted with Will Heller’s Hback position in mind, Williams has been used almost exclusively as a blocker.
The lions have brought three Tight Ends to the regular season in each of Schwartz and Mayhew’s four seasons. You’re the GM, however, so take as few or as many as you want! Simply list the names of the 2-6 TEs you would like to keep on the roster on the bottom of this page in the comments, or post them to my page on Facebook with the hashtag #LionsRosterRodeo (So it’s easy for me to find).