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How the Heck is this 3rd String TE Situation Going to Play Out?

Fact: LaMark's calves can cure cancer
Fact: LaMark's calves can cure cancer

I have no idea. Maybe you do. But to be honest, the candidates didn't do much to sort it out last night.

We're not talking about a substantive role here. We're talking about a player that will likely be inactive for half the season. We're talking about a player who will need to play special teams and/or prepare the 1st team defense during scout team duty. But we're talking about a player the Falcons will look to develop. Someone who - with the right amount of effort and timely progression - could overtake Michael Palmer at some point in the not-so-distant future.

There are four young tight ends on the roster fighting for that final spot and if one did some positive things, but a few made some mistakes that will challenge their chances to make the final roster.

I'll come right out and say it: I have a huge mancrush on LaMark Brown. I know he's undersized. I know he's never really played tight end. And yet despite shortcomings, I believe in him. But alas, he couldn't rein in the two passes that went his way last night, and one of those passes was picked. To be fair, Dominque Davis was the passer by that point.

What do y'all think? How does this play out? Will one solid performance in a pre-season game get it done, or will the coaches rely heavily on what they see in practice? I tend to think it'll be a combination of the two.