Carolina Panthers Position Analysis: Tight End

The tight end position is led by one of the best in the game, Greg Olsen, for the Carolina Panthers. However, he isn't the only tight end on the roster and there is talent behind him on the depth chart.

Carolina Panthers Tight Ends

Name Height Weight College
Braxton Deaver 6-5 245 Duke
Ed Dickson 6-4 255 Oregon
Marcus Lucas 6-4 235 Missouri
Greg Olsen 6-5 253 Miami (Fla.)
Beau Sandland 6-4 253 Montana St.
Scott Simonson 6-5 250 Assumption

Training Camp Battles

Ed Dickson vs. Beau Sandland

There is no question that Greg Olsen is the team's number one tight end, coming off back to back Pro Bowl seasons. He has made a name for himself as one of the top pass catchers at his position.

However, there is a potential battle to be Olsen's backup between Ed Dickson and seventh-round draft pick Beau Sandland.

Dickson is the veteran in this battle and will be entering his third season with the team after signing as a free agent in 2014. However, he doesn't have an impressive stat line with only 27 receptions, 236 receiving yards and three touchdowns the past two seasons.

Sandland meanwhile is an excellent pass catching tight end and before he played for Montana State was a JUCO transfer to Miami University, the same college as Olsen. There is alot of potential in Sandland and it is just a question of if he will show enough this offseason to work his way up the depth chart.

Player to Watch

Braxton Deaver

One player to watch this offseason is undrafted free agent Braxton Deaver, who the Panthers signed after their rookie minicamp last month. The former Duke Blue Devil is older than your typical rookie at 24 years of age but this was due to six years at the collegiate level.

The reason he was able to play for the Blue Devils as long as he did was he suffered two ACL tears and was granted extra years of eligibility by the NCAA. The knee injuries certainly played a factor in him going undrafted but there is no question that he is an excellent pass catcher with 75 receptions for 890 yards and six touchdowns in 35 games.

If he has a strong training camp, Deaver could push for that final tight end spot or at the very least earn a spot on the Panthers' practice squad.

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