Georgia Football: What You Need to Know About TE Orson Charles' Replacements

Brian JonesContributor IJune 3, 2012

Georgia Football: What You Need to Know About TE Orson Charles' Replacements

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    Orson Charles had a solid career at Georgia and will look to have a successful career in the NFL.

    Bulldogs fans, players and coaches will miss his presence this upcoming season, but the tight end position is in good hands like it has been the last 10 years.

    Arthur Lynch and Jay Rome are the two main guys that will be taking over, and both are capable of doing the things Charles was able to do on the field.

    But who will get the most catches? Who is the better blocker? And who will get the start on opening weekend?

    Here's some things you need to know about the Bulldogs' tight ends.

Arthur Lynch Is the No. 1 Tight End

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    The reason that Lynch will be the No. 1 tight end when the season beings because of the experience he has and he's a strong blocker.

    Last season, Lynch played in all 14 games and was a starter in one of them. He did not have any catches last year, and the last time he caught a pass in his college career was in 2009, when he had two receptions against Tennessee Tech.

    Lynch needs to be the No. 1 tight end to start the season because he needs to help in blocking situations, especially since the offensive line is replacing three starters from last year.

Jay Rome Could Be the Next Big Tight End for the Bulldogs

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    Rome did not play a down last year because he was redshirted. Rome was highly recruited out of Valdosta High School in Valdosta, Ga. last year and is expected to make a huge impact for the Bulldogs this season.

    Even though Lynch is listed as the starter, Rome will see a lot of action this fall. Rome is 20 pounds lighter than Lynch, but Rome is more athletic and can make big-time catches. Rome also plays on the basketball team, which will help him on the football field when it comes to body control and hand-eye coordination.

Lynch and Rome Are Traditional Tight Ends

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    While Charles was very talented and has all the tools to be a very solid tight end in the NFL, he wasn't used to his full potential in Athens. The reason for that could be offensive coordinator Mike Bobo did not know how to use him.

    Both Rome and Lynch are more traditional tight ends that fit well in a pro-style offense, especially Lynch, who is known for his strong blocking skills. Rome is not the deep threat Charles was, but he's more balanced than Charles, or Lynch for that matter. Rome has the strength to be a great blocker and has the athleticism to make catches across the field.

Lynch and Rome Will Make a Better Duo Than Charles and Aron White

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    Both Charles and Aron White were solid last year, and they had a combined 54 receptions last year. Will Lynch and Rome have the same numbers this season? Probably not, but they will be very effective blocking and making much-needed catches when their number is called.

    Because of the depth at wide receiver and the fact the Bulldogs want to establish a sound running game, there's a chance Lynch and Rome won't see a ton of balls come their way. But if they are effective as blocking tight ends and help protect Aaron Murray and establish the running game, that will lead to more wins which will could lead to a SEC title, and possibly a shot at the BCS title.

Ty Smith Could See Some Action This Season

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    With Lynch and Rome being the top two tight ends, it's realistic to see the Bulldogs have another tight end see some action this year. Jack Loonam is a leading candidate for the third tight end spot, but don't be surprised if newly signed Ty Smith is in the mix.

    Smith, a 3-star prospect according to Rivals, played out of a spread offense in high school, so learning to play in the pro set will be a challenge for him. But if the Bulldogs want to spread the field, Smith is a valuable weapon to have and should thrive with a quarterback like Murray.