Dirk Koetter keeps dropping nuggets of roster details after training camp practices. Today: tight end Cameron Brate is on top of the depth chart, for now. That means he’s ahead of Luke Stocker, Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Brandon Myers right now, after a decent 2015 season.
While Brate being on top of the depth chart is good for him, it has to be disappointing overall. Brate is a consistent receiver, but he lacks the explosiveness and stature to be a true receiving threat, or a good blocker. While Koetter said he’s improved as a blocker, according to Rick Stroud, he has some physical limitations. Seferian-Jenkins does not have those — but he’s been limited by injuries throughout his two-year career, was inconsistent as a rookie, and was the only player (that we know of) to get sent out of practice this offseason. He’s not playing up to his talent, and that has been the case throughout his career, all the way back to college.
That doesn’t mean Seferian-Jenkins can’t get it together and turn into a much better player, but it’s not looking particularly good right now. Which means the more limited Brate, who had 23 catches for 288 yards and three touchdowns last year, may be Winston’s main receiving weapon in the middle of the field. And while Brate isn’t terrible, that’s not an ideal situation.