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New York Giants Activate Travis Beckum Off of PUP, Waive Mitch Petrus

November 3rd, 2012 at 1:25 PM
By Dan Benton

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As Giants 101 speculated earlier this week, concern over the ankle of Bear Pascoe has led to the New York Giants activating tight end Travis Beckum off of the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. In order to make room for Beckum, the team has waived offensive lineman Mitch Petrus.

Beckum, who hasn't played since tearing his ACL in Super Bowl XLVI, said on Friday that he felt "great" and anticipated being activated for Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Petrus, meanwhile, has now been waived for the second time this year. He was released in early September in favor of defensive lineman D.J. Jones, whom had been awarded to the Giants off of waivers, only to be re-signed after Jones failed his physical.

In week five against the Cleveland Browns, Petrus was in line to start the game in the event guard Chris Snee, who was battling a hip injury, was unable to go. Needless to say, this season has been a bit of a rollercoaster for him.

By activating Beckum, it's a good indication that Pascoe will be inactive on Sunday. It's also a good indication that the coaching staff isn't entirelyy comfortable with rookie Adrien Robinson seeing significant playing time just yet.

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Tags: Adrien Robinson, Bear Pascoe, Chris Snee, D.J. Jones, Football, Mitch Petrus, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Travis Beckum

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20 Responses to “New York Giants Activate Travis Beckum Off of PUP, Waive Mitch Petrus”

  1.  norm says:

    Jim Cordle says “Hi.”

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Cordle was NEVER going to go before Petrus. He has proved he can play at least decently at two positions, and was the best backup to Baas we’ve got. I thought he did pretty well last season when he got his chance. He could have a solid future here in the role Boothe used to have.

  2.  norm says:

    One other thing:

    The continued employment of Travis Beckum (3rd round, 2009) should give pause to those eager to pronounce death sentences on the Giants’ tenures of Marvin Austin (2nd round, 2011) and Jerrel Jernigan (3rd round, 2011)

    As I said, it SHOULD give pause. But it won’t.

    •  BigBlueGiant says:

      Austin will come around. Jerkitagain I haver my doubts about.

      Beckum stuck around because he’s pretty flexible player, and he’s made plays when called upon.

      •  norm says:

        The point here is that your feelings, my feelings – any fan’s feelings – about those players is irrelevant.

        Reese believes in his scouting department. And when that belief is translated into the expenditure of a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd round pick on draft day… well, you can pretty much classify that player’s stock as “buy and hold.”

        Jernigan will be here to the end of his rookie deal, if not longer. As will Austin, Beckum, and any other 1-3rd rounder whose career is not cut short by injury.

        •  demo3356 says:

          BINGO!! We have a winner! This is what I’ve been trying to explain to all the arm chair GM’s on this site that constantly suggest cutting a former 3rd -4th rd pick with a few years into our complex systems to replace them with a stiff off the streets with zero knowledge of our system.. Our Scouting and pro player personnel dept is as good or better than any in the league yet are constantly questioned by knuckleheads on here

  3.  James Stoll says:

    Interesting on Beckum. Appears they are looking for a second TE receiving threat, especially with Bennett slightly hobbled and Robinson a season away.

  4.  fanfor55years says:

    Hey, I have always liked Beckum and have said that I thought he just wasn’t being used as the H-back he could be until his blocking technique got better. I didn’t think he would be jettisoned. And I don’t think Jernigan or Austin will be either. I still, in fact, have high hopes for Austin.

    Now Barden, I know, is thought of as my Moby Dick. Really, I have nothing against the kid. But I wasn’t crazy about the pick, was definitely not impressed by the great first-week-of-training-camp reports of great catches, and have still seen nothing that would convince me he’s anything more than a marginally useful JAG who will never be better than a 5th receiver on this team and is no ace on special teams. So while Reese trusts his scouts, I think their projection on this guy was too high. I’ll be shocked if he is still on the roster next season.

    • Norm — I get what you’re saying on Jernigan and Beckum and Austin. And at the end of the day the whole “You’ve got to give guys a chance to fail” usually prevails with this organization.

      And while I think we all agree that Beckum is the offensive version of Clint Sintim (he’ll keep not filling his role and getting hurt and getting chances until his contract is up), and I think we’ve all sensed the Jernigan bashing is insanely premature (on what planet is a diminutive, mid-round WR supposed to come in and contribute in the first 18 months on a team that has established starts at WR; what exactly has Jernigan not done that he was expected to do?)….I will go to bat to argue that Austin is a wash.

      This is not to say that Reese should give up on him. Or that cutting him and signing some veteran makes us a better team. Or that it’s not worth it to give Austin one more training camp and preseason….

      …but c’mon. The guy hasn’t played football in years, hasn’t shown any sort of amazing athleticism on this level, keeps coming up injured when he gets opportunities, and, perhaps most importantly, when he was finally healthy and had a chance to get into the rotation he got bullied out of playing time by Kuhn, a 7th round rookie.

      I just don’t see where this kid turns it around.

      •  Kevin Page says:

        Austin hasn’t played football for 2 years. There is gonna be some rust, coupled with him being a rookie, not an established veteran. Anything we get out him this year is a plus.

        I trust the coaching staff to know what they are doing more than us Internet posters :)

  5. But what happens when Pascoe is healthy again? Does Beckum get cut for Petrus? Does Pascoe get cut so Beckum can stay? Does Petrus simply remain out of a job?

    It’ll be interesting to see how this shakes out…and the answer will tell you lots about how the team feels about the guy who ends up out of a job. Petrus, Beckum and Pascoe all are polarizing to some degree around here.

    I hate to suggest it again, but with time running out to make use of the temporary IR rule…if the Giants make is through this week with no major injuries, it’s possible they decide to use the IR exemption on Blackburn or Pascoe and Jacquian Williams (depending on severity of injury).

    •  fanfor55years says:

      They’ll still have at least another week to protect someone they feel can help during the playoffs. They have a reasonable shot at a first round bye as a divisional winner with a better record than will come out of the west and north.

      As for who would go if they have a logjam on the roster, I think it is very hard for any of us to know. Petrus If they even want him back), Pascoe, Beckum, Tryon and Coe would all seem to be in the mix. Don’t forget Hill becomes eligible to return soon. He’s going to force someone off the roster in all likelihood. That puts Sash in play as well.

      I, of course, would always consider Barden, but that is almost certainly not going to happen.

      We definitely need a “convenient” minor injury that can be blown out of proportion. Perhaps we can just say that Petrus cannot pass any of the concussion tests, put him in front of a league investigating committee that is skeptical, let him babble on for a minute, and easily get their imprimatur to IR him.

    •  demo3356 says:

      Once Hill comes back we will have 5 Safeties, pretty sure one of Sash or less likely Hill will be gone

  6.  GmenMania says:

    By the way, the Steelers’ top three running backs won’t all be inactive. Just the top two. Both Mendenhall and Dwyer won’t play, but they have Redman, who will.

    Redman ain’t too shabby. He’s a very good receiving back, and a threat on screens and short passes. When it comes to running, he’s not particularly good, but certainly not as bad as your average backup. Don’t write off the Steelers rushing attack just yet.

    On a different note, I think that those who are saying that the Steelers mostly dink and dunk and that we will win comfortably if we get an early lead are quite wrong. The comparison to the 49ers is way off too.

    Roethlisberger has a huge arm, and is quite good in the fourth quarter in his own right. Mike Wallace is probably the fastest receiver in the NFL, and will create problems for Webster the whole day if he’s covering Wallace. Antonio Brown is a solid mid-range target. If the Steelers are behind late in the game, don’t underestimate their ability to make a comeback through the air.

    •  demo3356 says:

      Uh, they actually do dink and dunk a lot in Haleys offense.. Rothlisburger was complaining about it earlier in the season ut has since said he embraces it.. I’ve also watched 4 Steelers games this year and have seen much more of a short passing game than in the past.

  7.  rlhjr says:

    Pittsburg will try to rock the Giant secondary to sleep with the short stuff.
    Then they will look to bust the double move patterns. Giants can not let the Steelers run the football. They will be like playing New England. But they have wideouts way better than the Pats. They do not have a slot player like Welker, or ying/yang tight ends.

    It is important for Cruz to be on his game and for Nicks to be improved physically. I think Randal might come in handy too. He’s good enough athelitically to hurt Pittsburg and keep them honest in their coverage.

    If the unicorn can be spared to get into the passing game he will be a factor.
    If the Steeler blitz is working, Bennett will have to do more blocking duty.
    He is also vital to the Giants ability to run. Hopefully Robinson is trusted enough to be used in short yardage. Beckum is not a blocker of note.

    If the Giants are able to run, and stay in 3 n short situations, they rule.
    If Nicks, Cruz and Eli are clicking, Giants rule.

    I the Giant defense can keep the short passing game of the Steelers from breaking of big YAK, and the D-line is kept fresh Pittsburg will have a hard time beating the Giants. Giants 27 Pitt. 20

  8. Dink and dunk? Sounds like cryptonite for the Giants defense if they can just punch it in the end zone.

    And there’s no way Coe’s getting dumped for Hill. Either Sash or Tryon.

  9.  Kevin Page says:

    Mitch now has more time to play ROCK BAND

    •  demo3356 says:

      One of my favorite memories of the last few years was watching Petrus sprint onto the field in Seattle with his 2 sizes too small Jersey about to burst.

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