It's obvious that former Nevada tight end Cole Turner brings a lot to the Washington Commanders' offense.
For one, he towers over defenders with his 6-foot-6 frame. He also has a large catch radius, meaning Carson Wentz and the rest of the quarterbacks are going to love throwing him the ball.
Both of those traits are great, but they're only part of what Turner believes is his biggest strength. When he looks at how he can contribute during his rookie season, he's most excited about being a versatile, change of pace for the tight end position.
"I'm more of a possession receiver type of guy," Turner told team analyst Logan Paulsen. "A guy in the red zone who's going to compete, line up anywhere and make plays from any spot on the field."
Winning in the red zone is what Turner did best for the Wolf Pack. Six of his 10 touchdowns in 2021 were 17 yards or fewer. Much of that skill set has transferred over to the OTAs, and while there have been some mistakes, offensive coordinator Scott Turner has been pleased with what he's seen from the tight end.
"He's done great," Scott Turner said. "So far, he's playing fast, using his size and showing his size and his ability to go catch the ball."
So, Turner is off to a good start, but Scott Turner also mentioned that he needs to keep learning in order to have a bigger role. And as someone who wants to be moved around the field, he'll need to focus on more than just his responsibilities on any given play.
Turner has that area covered as well.
"I'm someone who enjoys watching film," Turner said. "I enjoy taking time to learn the game, and I want to learn every single position, not just mine. I want to know what the O-Line is doing in protection. I want to know what routes the receivers are running to help me get open. I want to know the quarterback's progression."
The Commanders will need Turner's services with Logan Thomas recovering from his ACL tear. So, if Turner can meet the expectations of the coaches and himself, his presence should alleviate Thomas' absence.
Here's a morning roundup of what the local and national media have to say about the Washington Commanders on Friday, June 10, 2022. All reports, rumors and conjecture are a reflection of the media conversation and are not endorsed or confirmed by the Washington Football Team.
The reports and deals expressed in this article have not been confirmed by Washington, nor do they reflect any insider information from anyone in the front office.
- NBC Sports Washington's Ethan Cadeaux writes about Carson Wentz developing a strong bond with Jahan Dotson.
- NBC Sports Washington's Ethan Cadeaux writes about the absence of Curtis Samuel and Antonio Gibson during Wednesday's OTA.
- NBC Sports Washington's Bijan Todd writes about Brian Robinson valuing veteran leadership from former Alabama teammates.
- Sports Illustrated's David Harrison opens his notebook from the Commanders' OTAs.
- NFL.com's Adam Rank writes that 2022 is a pivotal season for Ron Rivera.
- NBC Sports Washington's Bijan Todd writes about Benjamin St-Juste impressing Shawn Springs during OTAs.
- NBC Sports Washington's Ethan Cadeaux writes about Ryan Fitzpatrick's retirement.
- NBC Sports Washington's Ethan Cadeaux writes about the Commanders announcing their fight song will debut on Aug. 13.
- Sports Illustrated's Ethan Hurwitz writes about Percy Butler's progress during OTAs.
- Sports Illustrated's David Harrison looks at where Carson Wentz ranks among the NFL's deep passers.
- USA Today's Ivan Lambert reports on the Commanders announcing their home themes for the 2022 season.
- CBS Sports Shanna McCarriston writes about Ron Rivera comparing Carson Wentz to Philip Rivers.
- The Washington Time's Matthew Paras writes about the Commanders' secondary banking on continuity for success in 2022.
- NBC Sports Washington's Ethan Cadeaux writes about how the Commanders want Chase Young and Montez Sweat to grow.
- NBC Sports Washington's Peter Hailey writes that Ron Rivera believes the team and training staff are in sync.
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