Chargers scouting report: Cody McCarty

With Antonio Gates a blossoming star, it would seem that tight ends would shy away from the San Diego Chargers. But Cody McCarty signed and there is a feeling that he may be around when the final cuts are declared.

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:

Cody McCarty
School: TCU
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.

Negatives: 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 blocking consistency.

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