UCLA Football Spring Practice Preview 2018: Tight Ends

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Robinson-Carr saw most of his action on special teams for the UCLA Football in 2017 but was pressed into action later in the season. He doesn’t have elite speed for the position but instead uses his big frame to box out smaller defenders for catches. As a blocker Robinson-Carr has the strength to create seals and move edge defenders but has to keep his pad level low consistently to avoid getting jacked back. The spot route that Kelly features for his TEs will suit Robinson-Carr very well. He might be challenged to run the vertical routes Kelly might dial up but with his size he’s able to high point the ball winning with size instead of speed.

Jimmy Jaggers did not see action as a freshman in 2017 but he’s another guy that blocks well enough to see time in heavy formations. He also doesn’t bring great speed to the position but the short to intermediate routes will be his bread and butter. A big target, Jaggers has very soft hands and is capable of going up and getting the ball in jump ball situations.

There’s a heft of excitement surrounding the final TE on our list. Asiasi was forced to redshirt last year after transferring from Michigan but the former De La Salle product hasn’t let that stop him from being a big name for the Bruins during last year’s practices. A massive tight end capable of blowing defensive linemen off the ball and showing off the soft mitts, Asiasi will be a new kind of toy for Kelly to play with. He hasn’t had a TE this large before and certainly not one so multifaceted.

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What will be interesting to monitor is that the UCLA Football program doesn’t have a ton of depth along their defensive line for the 3-4 defense right now and Asiasi could potentially be a candidate to change positions. It will be something we will monitor closely during Spring practices.