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Camp Battles ’10: Tight End

July 20th, 2010

There isn’t going to be a lot of competition for the top two spots as Tony Gonzalez and Justin Peelle are locked in there. The main thrust of camp competition will be for the third and likely final tight end spot. Keith Zinger will try to hold off undrafted rookies Colin Peek and Michael Palmer.

Zinger played well last season as the third tight end in the team’s power and jumbo sets. His blocking potential is an asset, but he has shown little to date as a receiver. Both Peek and Palmer show much more potential in the latter, and if they can hit the ground running in camp in terms of their blocking, they stand a fairly good chance of unseating Zinger. Peek in particular shined in the 2010 National Championship game vs. Texas where he dominated eventual second round pick Sergio Kindle as a run blocker. That performance alone probably gives him the edge in my book.

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