David Johnson, Weslye Saunders, Leonard Pope, David Paulson, Wes Lyons, Jamie McCoy
You can probably drop the last two. I love Wes Lyons, but I view him more as a big receiver than a tight end. I wouldn't be surprised if he butted into that final receiver competition once again. He did that last season and I thought he came close.
The talent in the first four is just too overpowering, however.
Johnson is valuable because he can play fullback and he has a Frank Wychek-esque skill set. Saunders flashed some great big play ability, particularly for his size, but he must sit out four games for a suspension. Pope was the team's lone free-agent signing and he's a good blocker. Paulson was a seventh-round pick, but he was a great athlete at Oregon.
This could go any number of ways, and this might be the battle that takes the longest to solve.
So we're talking about three spots, maybe two. Johnson is almost a lock because of his ability to play fullback, but Pope could push him on that. Pope will likely make it because he's familiar with Todd Haley's system.
I like Saunders and Paulson, but I get the feeling the team would've cut Saunders by now if they didn't want to deal with his baggage. I'll take him with Paulson spending a year on the practice squad.