By: Chip Turner
Okay, so this Boise State product was supposed to be an easy write-up. He’s primarily a blocking tight-end with good size for the tight end position in the NFL, right? So why is everyone tilting their heads this week during Senior Bowl practices and asking the same question: “Who the heck is John Bates?”
Apparently, John Bates can do more than just block. He’s shown good hands and the ability to get open on seam routes. While he doesn’t seem particularly athletic, his background says otherwise; he was a three-sport star in high school. One of those sports was track, he was a back-to-back 110-meter hurdles champion in the state of Oregon. That leads to the question; is he really unathletic, or just extremely raw as a receiver?
This weekend’s Senior Bowl gives Bates an opportunity to open eyes and potentially land on an NFL roster as a developmental tight end.