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Training Camp Position Breakdown: TE

Let’s begin our spin around the Rams roster breaking down every player and their role in the 2010 Rams, if they are going to make the team and their role in the future.  Today we are going to cover another crowded group, this one at TE.

The Rams have 6 tight ends on their roster now and probably only 3 will make the final roster.  Should be interesting to see who is on the outside looking in as 5 have legitimate claims to roster spots.

Daniel Fells – Fells is the de-facto starter at tight end now after Randy McMichael was let go.  Fells is big and athletic, but still needs to get better at the NFL level.  I wouldn’t call him a solid starter, but he will definitely get playing time in the regular season.

The next 5 TEs are after the jump!

Eric ButlerButler has been on and off with the Rams for 2 seasons.  He’s a good “camp body” but I cannot see him making the final roster or practice squad with all the competition.  He’s the Rams smallest TE at 6’2” so he will have to make it on special teams. Butler was released to make room for an extra kicker for the first preseaon game.  No word on if he will be back.

Billy Bajema – Billy Bajema was a big surprise for Rams in 2009.  He was signed to be a blocking tight end, Bajema showed some skill running routes and catching the ball.  Granted he was pressed into action due to injury, but he impressed.  Reports out of training camp this year have Bajema improving his pass catching even more.  Bajema could be a surprise starter a few Sundays in 2010.

Darcy Johnson – Darcy Johnson is a former New York Giant who the Rams signed to an under the radar free agent deal this offseason.  Mark Peterson profiled Darcy Johnson here at RamsGab, but I still have a hard time believing that Johnson will make the roster.

Michael Hoomanawanui – Hoomanawanui was a controversial draft pick for the Rams because he only had about 5 catches in his career at Illinois.  He’s as large as TEs get at 6’5” and 270 and has the size and skill to be a great blocker, but also makes an easy target for the Rams quarterbacks because of his size.  RamsHerd describes him from training camp as having “pillow soft hands” and a “monster in run blocking”. And with all drafted rookies, here is his RamsGab scouting report.

Fendi Onobun – Fendi was another surprise tight end selection on draft day, but once the workout videos started to circulate, everyone couldn’t stop talking about him.  He’s a physical marvel in the mold of Antonio Gates who played very little college football.  He was a basketball player in Arizona and transferred to Houston to play football.  Onobun is a long term project for the Rams, but his upside is astronomical for a tight end.  The Rams could have a real star in the making if they coach him up right.  The Rams will have to find a place to stash him this season as he probably will not make much of an impact in 2010. Here’s Fendi Onobun’s drafted rookie scouting report plus workout video.

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