Depth Chart Breakdown: Tight End

As the Orange embark on a new season, the tight end position is in need of a leader. See who heads the position after the Spring and more inside.

The tight end or 'Y' position has become useful in recent years under former head coach Doug Marrone, former offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, and former quarterback Ryan Nassib.

With each no longer with the Syracuse Orange program, where the percentages will lie between catching and blocking at the tight end position is left to be seen.

After the Spring practices, last season's starter Beckett Wales still resides at the top of a short list.

Wales aided the offense as a first-down option and a possession receiver when the team needed help to continue the drive. His play over the middle, which included catching passes over the heads of his defenders, have been his specialty.

Though a positive accent to the offense, Wales sometimes fades into the background, leaving room for another tight end to get on the field for at least a few snaps.

David Stevens had been that guy, the second option. With his eligibility coming to an end, Josh Parris has taken the role of secondary tight end. Parris had a respectable showing at Spring practices, but definitely has left room to improve.

Behind Parris is Jacob Green, who cannot be counted out in a race with no dominating threat as of yet due to his own ability to catch the ball in motion and move the offense forward.

With a big-bodied, hungry Tyler Provo coming in full of confidence, that may just be what Wales, Parris, and Green need to up their play. At the same time, it could also lead to Provo jumping into the discussion if no one demands the stage. His time spent blocking throughout much of high school can also help his case moving forward.

Ron Thompson moving to defensive end further decreases the depth, putting the pressure on four sets of shoulders heading into the Fall.


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