Attempting to bounce back from a second dislocation of his right hip, the 30-year-old Pitta apparently looked good at OTAs and minicamp. He was once a leading target for close friend Joe Flacco, but even if Pitta proves to be much the same as he once was, the Ravens have a ton of competition for snaps at tight end, with Ben Watson, Crockett Gillmore (shoulder) and Maxx Williams also in the mix. Pitta hasn't played in a game since Sept. 2014, and he will always be at added risk for suffering another severe hip injury, which would almost certainly spell the end of his career. He already considered retiring, but instead decided to give it one last shot after sitting out the entire 2015 season.
The Harvard product was one of last season's pleasant surprises, hauling in 23 of 30 targets for 288 yards and three touchdowns. Brate was a primary beneficiary of starter Austin Seferian-Jenkins' shoulder injury, as the latter's ailment prompted the Bucs to re-sign Brate from the Saints practice squad, where he'd landed after being released by Tampa shortly before the start of the regular season. His sure hands and routes rendered him an effective safety valve for Jameis Winston during the quarterback's rookie campaign. Brate even displayed some proficiency down the field, notching four receptions of over 20 yards, including a career-high 46-yard grab. His work in close quarters near the goal line is what has his head coach particularly excited, however, and Brate gave more reason for optimism with a sliding, one-handed catch in the corner of the end zone during Thursday's final mini-camp session. "Cam has got an uncanny ability to show up in the red zone and we saw that again today,'' coach Dirk Koetter said.
Moeaki spent the latter portion of the 2015 season as a member of the Falcons, but never saw much action as he recorded just three catches for 58 yards and a touchdown on five targets throughout 11 games. Moeaki doesn't present much fantasy value at this point with fellow tight ends Zach Miller, Khari Lee, and Rob Housler on the Bears' roster as well.
Traded from San Francisco to Washington in exchange for a fifth-round pick before the 2015 season, Carrier caught 17 passes for 141 yards and a touchdown on 22 targets, working as either the No. 2 or 3 tight end. He then tore his ACL and MCL in mid-December, putting his 2016 availability into serious question. Even if he makes it back at some point in camp, Carrier will have to fight for a roster spot, as Washington also has Vernon Davis, Niles Paul (knee) and Logan Paulsen (toe) on the depth chart behind Jordan Reed.
It was a tumultuous conclusion to OTAs last week for the third-year tight end to say the least, as he was banished to the locker room by head coach Dirk Koetter for a lack of preparation. Seferian-Jenkins' social media-based reactions to the ouster only served to exacerbate the situation, as he became belligerent in his digital exchanges with a number of fans who took the opportunity to levy criticism at him for his play over his first two seasons. The towering tight end was a full participant in the opening mini-camp practice Tuesday, and expressed regret-- as well as support for his head coach's decision to remove him from practice-- in meeting with reporters after the conclusion of the session. Seferian-Jenkins is once again set to be a focal point of the Bucs' offensive attack going in to 2016, but his ability to deliver on his massive potential will naturally hinge on whether he's able to remain healthy throughout the campaign.
That's encouraging news for Escobar, but even if he is able to make a quicker than expected recovery from last season's torn Achilles tendon, he'll still be stuck behind Jason Witten on the Cowboys' depth chart.
Reed is also expected to sit out of practice on Wednesday as the Redskins plan to proceed with caution at this point in the offseason. He's proven to be a bit injury-prone over the past few seasons, but this ankle issue shouldn't linger into training camp later this summer.
Gronkowski has been limited during the early days of minicamp while dealing with an undisclosed injury, though the team has intimated that it's nothing serious. The Pro Bowler worked with the first team Monday and participated in tight end drills with the rest of the position group, so he appears to have moved past whatever mystery ailment he'd been dealing with.
Seferian-Jenkins is on track for a boom in value heading into the 2016 season given he avoids injury, but Thursday's events at practice could indicate a less-than-stellar relationship with Koetter thus far, the team's new head coach. The third-year tight end was essentially placed in a timeout while Koetter said not to make too much out of the situation. At this point Seferian-Jenkins' value and role won't be impacted due to one bad day of practice.
As expected, Williams' injury was a serious one as he was seen on crutches Thursday awaiting the unfortunate results. This ensures Clay Harbor's spot as the No. 3 option at tight end behind Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett heading into the 2016 season, as Williams enters a long road to recovery.