Our 2014 Boston College tight ends preview is as much about blocking as it is about pass catching.
Both are vital to the position, but part of the success of the Eagles’ run game last season was because of the support of the tight ends lining up as what amounted to additional offensive linemen.
Yet, like with the wide receiver corps, the depth chart at tight end has also thinned out. The Eagles are going to be starting new guys here, but with what they hope will be similar results. Unlike the wide receivers, this one will at least return some upperclassmen to the fold, despite having had three players graduate.
Any drop-off here seems like it would be minimal in terms of blocking, but as the reading public will see, the Eagles are literally starting over in terms of pass-catchers, and return a tight end roster with preposterous (lack of) receiving stats.
2014 Boston College Tight Ends Preview: Losses
2014 Boston College Tight Ends Preview: Gains
• Austin Chapman, freshman
• Cam Croteau, walk-on
• Tommy Sweeney, freshman
2014 Boston College Tight Ends Preview: Mike Giacone, possible starter
Our Preview: Mike Giacone, TE
Giacone is the most experienced tight end on the roster in terms of games played, having made it into sixteen to date.
In 2013, he was present for nine games as a backup to CJ Parsons and Mike Naples (though the tight end position is ambiguous on the depth chart). Here’s the thing: Giacone had no receptions in 2014, and in fact, only one tight end on the roster (Sean Burke, who was converted from linebacker) had any receptions at all — one catch, to be exact.
Going further, Giacone has not made any receptions at all as an Eagle as he enters his junior year. He did in high school and proved to be just fine at it, but it bears watching here and now.