In looking ahead at the Pittsburgh Steelers roster for 2014, many of the changes will be centered on the defense. While there will be some new faces on offense, many familiar faces will return. Tight end is one such position that should not see much turnover.Heath Miller, who returned from an ACL/MCL tear and had a solid campaign. In all, he pulled in 59 balls for 593 yards and one touchdown after missing the first two contests recovering from his injury. Now healthy, he looks to return to form in the Steelers no-huddle attack.
Behind Miller, Matt Spaeth, who returned to the Steelers in 2013, will be the number two tight end. While Spaeth will not light up the passing game as a receiver, he is an accomplished blocker and should come in and help give the running game a boost.
After that, it would appear to be a three-way battle for the final tight end position. David Paulson, who had a disappointing 2013 season, veteran Michael Palmer, and rookie seventh round pick Rob Blanchflower should be the primary focus. Of those, Palmer may have an edge with his special teams prowess, but anything is possible, especially when looking at the receiving potential of both Paulson and Blanchflower.
In the end, the Steelers should keep three tight ends in 2013. With Rob Blanchflower coming from a small program, it is likely that he earns a spot on the practice squad.
Over the next few weeks, Steelers101 will break down every position, highlight training camp battles and eventually have the complete 53-man roster as we see it today.
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