The Jacksonville Jaguars have made numerous additions to their offense during this offseason. They drafted their quarterback of the future, two potential star receivers and added a bruising running back to replace Maurice Jones-Drew. One position they didn't really address, however, is the tight end position.
The tight end position has experienced a revolution over the past few seasons. In the past, players like Shannon Sharpe, Ozzie Newsome and Kellen Winslow Sr. were considered rare athletes with the ability to be a dynamic threat. However, it is rather commonplace in the league to have these type of players.
Rob Gronkowski, Jimmy Graham, Jordan Cameron and many others have taken the league by storm. They have made a living in the NFL with their astounding combination of size, speed and catching ability. While there are no tight ends on the Jaguars roster that are quite as dynamic as Graham or Gronkowski, they do have a solid group of players looking to find their niche on the roster.
Currently there are six tight ends on the roster, including a trio of undrafted rookies in D.J. Tialavea, Reggie Jordan and Marcel Jensen. Third-year pro Branden Barden joined the Jaguars after being claimed off of waivers back in November. Rounding out the pack are veterans Clay Harbor and Marcedes Lewis.
It is highly unlikely all six will make the final cut. With Lewis and Harbor most likely locked in for the final roster, it makes the battle for the last spot (they only carried three for the majority of last year) all the more important.