Cody McCarty comes into a situation that has Gates, Justin Peelle and Ryan Krause already in the fold, but McCarty could be making a run at the practice squad, especially if the Chargers don't re-sign Peelle after the season.
Gates and Krause may be the the pass catching tandem, but Peelle has been the best blocker of the bunch. He is scheduled for unrestricted free agency next year and could walk if he feels he has been underutilized in the passing game.
That is where McCarty fits in, if he can improve on his blocking technique.
Scouting report via TFY Draft Preview:
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 268 40: 4.98 Year: 5Sr
Bio: All-Conference selection who posted 17/
321/2 as a senior, after junior totals of 16/252.
Positives: Solid pass catching tight end best in the
short or intermediate field. Fluid releasing off
the line of scrimmage, effective route runner and
gets separation from opponents. Extends to
catch the pass away from his frame. Reads the
defense, finds the open seams in the field and
gets vertical to pull the ball out of the air. Adjusts
well to the errant throw and stays with the action.
Bends his knees and blocks with leverage.
Not strong at the point, does not play to his size
or finish blocks. Overall game lacks quickness
and explosion. Does not continually make plays
into the defensive secondary.
Analysis: A well
sized player for his position, McCarty has the
potential to be a second tight end on an NFL
team yet must improve his playing strength and
Chargers scouting report: Cody McCarty
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