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Charles Arbuckle on Eric Ebron, Jace Amaro

ESPN’s Charles Arbuckle joined Jeff Thurn on Thursday’s edition of Overtime.

Arbuckle (@charlesarbuckle) joins SportsCenterU and the Freddie Coleman Show. He played tight end for the Indianapolis Colts for four seasons from 1992 to 1995.

Arbuckle on Eric Ebron, who was chosen at No. 10 from North Carolina:

“I really like Eric Ebron. I saw him a few years ago, and watched how he has developed. The one biggest thing is he can clearly get down the field, and catch the football. You know, the thing for him, he’s also got the size and they want to put him in position to be an end-line blocker, he’ll have to do that in the league. I think he has a lot of versatility and will create a lot of match-up problems for safeties or linebackers if you want to put linebackers on him. He’s just a big physical presence in the inside of the field. I don’t think people realize how difficult that tight end position is to play. For a guy his size and his capabilities, I think it makes it a lot easier for the quarterback to be there when he turns around to throw the football.”

Arbuckle on Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro: 

“Yeah, I’ve watched him Jace, and always thought he kind of reminded me of the Missouri tight end from a few years ago where they were always spread out and never in tight. He can really catch the football. I’m just concerned about how good of a blocker he is going to be and how he will transition? If he goes to the right system, he clearly can catch very well. The one thing you have to look at to as an athlete, if you figure how you make adjustments how to play. When Antonio Gates first got to the league, he was a basketball player trying to learn football. He made that transition very well. Same thing with Tony Gonzalez. As good as he was over the course of his career, he was a basketball and football player at Cal when he came to the league. He learned how to block, and has been an effective blocker. I played with a guy in Indianapolis, Marcus Pollard, who was a little behind me, he didn’t play any college football. He came in and had to learn the game. The Colts were fortunate and lot of us that were there taught him how to play the game of football and 12, 13, or 14 years. If you are a good enough athlete and learn the position and be effective enough, you are not going to have to go against 6’6″, 280 pound defensive end. Sometimes you will go against linebackers, but when you are in those situation and in that tight end ‘true wide’ position, you better be able to block.”

To listen to more of Arbuckle’s interview with Thurn, listen below:


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Catch Thurn weekdays on ESPN 99.1 from 3 to 6 p.m.

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