Colts Check Out Five Tight Ends

The Indianapolis Colts worked out five tight ends on Tuesday according to one of our sources close to the NFL. We've got some information on all five for our ColtPower Insiders below.

Buck Ortega (6'4, 250)
The former University of Miami tight end was originally an undrafted free agent by the Washington Redskins in 2006 who didn't survive the final cuts. But he was scooped up by the Browns and was placed on their practice squad.  After going through Cleveland's training camp this year, he was released on August 27 since the team has plenty of talent at that position.  Ortega's strengths? Hands and speed. Last year he was getting knocked around at roughly 225 pounds. He's bulked up to 250 this year.

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Kendrick Ballantyne (6'4, 243)
A rookie out of Northeastern, Ballantyne rebounded from getting booted from the University of Maine football team for getting into an off-campus fight. He took advantage of a second-chance with Northeastern and became so respected he was named a team captain. Ballantyne's strength? One of his quarterbacks once referred to him as his security blanket, saying that he knew that anything thrown near him would be caught. The tight end rarely dropped a pass. The Ravens' undrafted free agent was released from their practice squad on September 18th.

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Steve Buches (6'3, 251)
The former Pittsburgh Panther tight end has a balanced skill set, catching 26 passes as a fifth-year senior in 2006 while establishing a strong reputation as a blocker. Buches' strength? Well, you'd have to call it a toss-up between his clutch-receiving on third downs (and in the red zone with 10 career TD catches) and his overall attitude. Buches is extremely coachable and possesses a strong work ethic.  He has good fundamentals, so with the right coaching has some potential for a big upside. He was picked up as an undrafted free agent by the Rams but was released in mid-August.

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Adam Bergen (6'4, 267)
Bergen actually has starting experience at the pro level, playing in 30 games and earning 16 starts with the Arizona Cardinals. During that stretch, he caught 43 balls for 381 yards and two touchdowns. Originally an undrafted free agent out of Lehigh University following the 2005 NFL Draft, Bergen had some success in Arizona but missed the final two games of the season last year with a knee injury. Despite his size, Bergen is generally considered to be a better receiver than blocker and is a decent third-TE talent. He tried to catch on with Dallas this year as a free agent but was released in the final round of cuts. 

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Zac Herold (6'5, 260)
Although he's not going to get much respect from safeties as a deep-threat, Herold is a reliable short-range target who can find soft spots in a zone defense, but can struggle in man-coverage. Where Herold brings the most value is as a blocker, especially on running downs. A feisty, scrappy-style of tight end, Herold isn't afraid to mix it up with linebackers or defensive ends. An undrafted free agent by San Francisco, he landed on their practice squad but was cut loose on September 12th. The Ravens have shown some interest in him in addition to Indy. 

(AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

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