Syracuse Orange Training Camp Position Preview: Tight End

CuseNation.com breaks down the Syracuse tight ends heading into training camp.

The Syracuse Orange football team starts their first training camp under head coach Dino Babers. Heading into camp, the tight end position is looking for stability.

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Post-Spring Depth Chart

Starter: Cameron MacPherson  
Backup: Kendall Moore            
Third String: Josh Parris                     
Fourth String: P.J. Batten                     

Can Cam?

Cam MacPherson took the starting spot during spring football, partially aided by an injury to Josh Parris. Still, his emergence makes the tight end spot something to watch this fall. MacPherson may not be exceptional at any one thing, but is a solid all around tight end. 

Parris may be the most talented and athletic tight end on the roster. The question is whether he can regain the starting gig, one that he has had a strangle hold on when healthy.

A key to Parris reemerging as the starter may be his blocking consistency. That is something to watch this fall.  

Moore and Not Much More

Behind Parris and MacPherson is Kendall Moore. Moore is an exceptional blocker and superb athlete. However, he struggles with consistency catching the football. That has kept him from emerging as the starter. Will he be able to improve in order to become a bigger weapon in this offense?

Other than those three, Syracuse is left with P.J. Batten. Batten has yet to see the field in a meaningful way during his career. He remains buried on the depth chart. Expecting him to emerge is likely wishful thinking at this point. 

Prediction

Josh Parris regains the starting spot with a strong training camp. He gives Syracuse their best receiving threat at the position. Moore remains the primary backup as a solid blocking option. MacPherson sees the field from time to time as the third tight end. 


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