Mike Adams will be starting at some point.
And Spaeth is the #2 TE, and a primary blocker.....not sure what starting has to do with it
Getting To Know: Rob Blanchflower
Position: Tight End
Years Pro: Rookie
How Acquired: Seventh-round draft pick in 2014.
Football Mentor/Inspiration: Growing up I always looked at Mark Bavaro. He is a Massachusetts guy, a tough blue collar type of player. Coming in here there is no one better to look after you than Heath Miller. Working in the same room, same building as him is great.
Proudest Football Moment/Memory: I think senior day, being able to walk out onto the field with my grandparents, mom and dad and sisters. That was a pretty cool experience. I also set the all time receiving record for tight ends at UMass that day and it was cool to share that with them.
Favorite Teammate: That is a tough one. I would have to say my buddy Andrew Dugan from high school. He is in school right now to be an Army Ranger and we still communicate. He has been pushing through that for almost a year now. He is the biggest Pittsburgh Steelers fan I know. He gave up his five minutes he gets on the phone to talk to me on Draft Day instead of his wife. He is one of my best friends, captain senior year and a tough guy. We push each other through hard times.
Initial NFL Attraction: When I was 12 years old I started playing Pop Warner because I wanted to go to the NFL. That is the goal I set for myself at a young age and luckily it all worked out. Itís the highest level of competition. Proving to myself and everyone else I had the ability to compete at the highest level.
Football Mindset: Aggressive, attacking wherever I can, point of attack on run game, catching the ball and attacking someone with my shoulder pads. That aggressive approach is why I think I am here.
Impression of Pittsburgh: I love it. It reminds me of home. Central Massachusetts is similar in that there is industry, blue collar towns. When I first came here I saw the city surround me. I like it. Itís a great town, great fan base and more Super Bowl trophies than any city. Itís an honor to be here and I am really enjoying it.
Perception of Steelers: I think of tough, downhill running game in the snow in the playoffs on the way to the Super Bowl. Growing up in New England every year you dread playing the Steelers because they are the toughest team to go against. There has always been nothing but respect there. Now that I am part of the organization itís even better because I get to see it, live it and fully understand how hard it is to succeed here and what it takes.
Goals/Aspirations for 2014: I want to make the team and have an opportunity to play on Sundays.
Career Goals: I want to win a Super Bowl. I never had an opportunity to win any type of championship in college. There is a chip on my shoulder because of that. There is no better organization to be a part of to get a Lombardi Trophy because they have the most already and are not stopping now.
James C Wexell @jimwexell :
Yet I'm still unclear if Waters is ahead of Rob Blanchflower for the TE spot on practice squad. Does make me want to see Waters again though
So frustrated at one point, Shazier wanted to fight Waters. In the fourth rep, the undrafted rookie threw Shazier to the ground.
If Shazier made "huge and positive impression" as one headline writer put it, what should be said about Eric Waters, who beat Shazier twice?
Undrafted rookie tight end Eric Waters gets my first star in backs-on-backers drill. Mike Sam's college roommate at Mizzou. #Steelers
Seriously, though, regarding Brokeback Mountain, I'll be happy if we find a young TE who is a mountain of a man who can break some backs.
Waters is a long shot to make the team. 8 catches for 72 yards his senior season. He better be a beast of a blocker to get a shot. There are 6 TEs on the roster. Figure they keep 3 and have W. Johnson as a FB who could play TE in a pinch. 2 of the 3 spots are locked up barring injury. Then it's down to Paulson, Palmer (bounced around for 5 years), Blanchflower and Waters. Maybe it comes down to which guy can play STs as well.
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Will Johnson gets my vote for #3 TE, and that is only because spaeth is such a good zone blocker. Johnson shames him in the reciever department