Camp Battles: Tight End Depth

Andy Lyons

While Jermaine Gresham will likely be the team's go-to tight end and Tyler Eifert will get a lot of playing time, there will be a battle for the team's third tight end position.

The Bengals now have two tight ends which they selected in the first round on the roster in Jermaine Gresham and Tyler Eifert. It's unclear whether the Bengals will keep three or four tight ends on the roster in 2013. They kept three in 2012, but with the amount of talent on the roster at the position, they could keep another this season.

Gresham and Eifert will get the majority of the playing time, but who else will the Bengals keep around?

Most Likely:

Orson Charles:

Charles was selected in the fourth round of the 2012 draft, which got many fans excited due to his pass catching ability. Charles started a few games, including the team's playoff game, as a second tight end, and finished the season with eight catches for 101 yards. He has good hands and the speed to stretch the field.

Alex Smith:

Smith was a third-round pick out of Stanford in 2005 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Over his NFL career, he has played for the Bucs, Eagles, and most recently, the Browns. He has caught 160 passes for 1,461 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was used as a blocking tight end and occasionally lined up in the backfield as an H-back while with the Eagles and Browns.

Richard Quinn:

Quinn was a second-round pick out of North Carolina by the Denver Broncos in 2009. He has played with the Broncos, Redskins and Bengals in his time in the league. He has only caught one pass for nine yards in his career. He was inactive for most Bengals games in 2012.

The Rest:

Bryce Davis

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How many tight ends do you think the Bengals keep in the active roster in 2013 and which one or two of these players do you think will make the cut?

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