There has been plenty of speculation about what the New York Giants will do this season at the tight end position with no standout player on the roster. Well, at least for the time being, it appears they’ll be utilizing the role in a by-committee basis like many teams do at the running back position.
Giants general manager Jerry Reese told WFAN on Monday (via NJ.com):
“I think the jury is still out on who the No. 1 tight end is, I think it’ll probably be tight end by committee. But there are some really good tight ends, some athletic, big guys who can run and catch the ball.”
“Adrien Robinson and Larry Donnell are a couple of young guys who have been on the squad for a couple of years, but have had some injury stuff going on with them. We expect them to be healthy and to be able to pick up the slack here.”
None of the tight ends on the roster have stood out, but Robinson and Donnell like have at least a slight edge due to their athleticism and abilities as a receiver down the field. Those two appear the best fits for Ben McAdoo’s offense, where a versatile, athletic talent will be a valuable asset. Kellen Davis could be your prototypical blocking tight end used in a similar fashion to Bear Pascoe over the last few years.
The job is still far from decided. Training camp awaits the Giants with what could be the final opportunity for the once-dubbed “JPP of tight ends” to prove he was worth the fourth-round investment back in 2012. One way or another, however, the G-Men must find a viable tight end option who can at least handle the majority of the snaps and contribute in the passing game.