It's been a strange year for the New York Giants in that they have more players than they do roster spots, but a variety of injuries and suspensions have allowed them to keep everyone on the team. Whether or not that pattern continues remains to be seen, but it appears that, once again, it may come in handy after tight end Bear Pascoe went down with an ankle injury during a week eight victory over the Dallas Cowboys.
After sitting out of practice on Wednesday, the Giants may begin to prepare for Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers as if Pascoe will be on the shelf. And although they're in good hands with Martellus Bennett leading the way, they lack experience behind him. As of now, Adrien Robison, the rookie 4th round pick, is the only other tight end on the active roster.
Insert Travis Beckum.
Less than nine months after tearing his ACL in Super Bowl XLVI, Beckum appears ready to return. He practiced with the team last week -the first week he was eligible to practice after being placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list to start the season- and was a full participant on Wednesday. However, head coach Tom Coughlin wasn't quite ready to say he'd be back this week, putting the onus on Robinson.
“He's going to have to get after it this week,” Coughlin said of Robinson.
Still, if Beckum continues to practice without limitations or setbacks, the team will at least have the option of activating him prior to Sunday's game. If nothing else, he brings a firm understanding of the offense and the playbook, as well as live-game NFL experience, of which Robinson has very little.
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