How Gary Barnidge and other tight ends are used during full team sessions is one of the more anticipated aspects of Hue Jackson's offense, which has always valued the tight end in the passing game.
"Every tight end is going to have to an opportunity to do everything. It's not going to be this guy does this and that guy does that," Barnidge said Friday prior to the team's first training camp practice. "Everybody will be moving around and that makes it tough for the defense."
Barnidge made things tough for defenses by himself last season. He caught 79 passes for 1,043 yards and nine touchdowns, earning a Pro Bowl invite. He had sports hernia surgery in June to deal with what he called wear and tear, but doesn't feel like he fell behind.