We can call him "Turtle"
"Behold, the tailgate party. The pinnacle of human achievement. Since the dawn of parking lots, man has sought to fill his gut with food and alcohol in anticipation of watching others exercise."
- Homer J. Simpson
is he a starting TE or another project?
Granted he probably couldn't pull off the G-Shock commercial nor is he half the head case Shockey was but he could be in that mold.
Certainly more of a project, whereas Shockey was an instant starter.