LA Chargers tight ends:
- Hunter Henry, Virgil Green, Donald Parham
If you look at the LA Chargers depth chart on ESPN you won’t even see Donald Parham on the list. However, I think after training camp he will carve his spot into the roster as the TE3 who is used as a passing threat in heavy packages.
I ranked the tight end group as the fifth-weakest position on the Chargers depth chart because of the question marks and lack of true pass-catching depth behind Hunter Henry if he were to get injured.
Parham is exciting but he has not proven anything in the NFL yet and Green is a blocking specialist who is probably in the last year of his career, let alone in Los Angeles.
If Henry stays healthy then the Chargers are great at tight end as he is right on that cusp of being a great pass-catching tight end and an elite pass-catching tight end. If he gets hurt, again, it will be rough.
- Jack Doyle, Trey Burton, Mo Alie-Cox
Jack Doyle is similar to Henry as he is also a solid pass-catching tight end that is right on that cusp of being great to elite. However, Doyle is older and while he is a two-time Pro Bowler, I do think the ceiling with Henry is higher.
Doyle is still great though and the Colts have a really good second tight end in Trey Burton. I would feel a lot better about the Chargers’ tight end group if they had someone like Burton backing up Henry. Burton is someone who has proven that he can be a great pass-catching threat in a limited as well as an expanded role.
It all comes down to what you value as Green brings a lot more value in the blocking department, but he is getting older and is not even at his best in that regard.
Henry slightly edges out Doyle but the Colts’ depth slightly edges out the Chargers. For that reason, I am bringing out the unthinkable.
Tight end advantage: DRAW