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New York Giants’ Jerry Reese Believes Tight Ends Could Be Dynamic, but Will Still Seek Upgrades

June 24th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Dan Benton

After the entirety of Organized Team Activities (OTAs) and mandatory mini-camp, the New York Giants still have no clear-cut starting tight end. Not only did no one separate themselves from the pack, but the entirety of the unit has been relatively under-whelming. Still, General Manager Jerry Reese thinks the group could be "dynamic" — Adrien Robinson and Larry Donnell in particular.

“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,” Reese said during a WFAN interview on Monday. “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.”

His optimism for the group aside, Reese also implied the team will continue to keep an eye on the free agent wire as they seek upgrades.

"We're always looking for a few upgrades as we go through the offseason and into the season at every position at every position," he said. "But we expect those two young guys to come on, and they can be dynamic if we can get them going."

One potential "upgrade" that has been widely discussed and speculated over is former Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley, whom the Giants have been linked to since the onset of free agency. However, shortly after Finley was medically cleared, the Giants reached out and then subsequently and abruptly walked away.

At this rate, the Giants seem destined to head into the regular season with what they have, but once teams begin to trim their rosters down from 90 to 53, expect Big Blue to keep a close eye on the scrap heap.

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5 Responses to “New York Giants’ Jerry Reese Believes Tight Ends Could Be Dynamic, but Will Still Seek Upgrades”

  1.  GOAT56 says:

    I think the headline is misleading. JR is always saying he’s always seeking upgrades and every position. I think judging by the reports so far the TEs as a group have looked better than expected. It’s clear Robinson and Donnell have legit talent but haven’t proved anything on a level that will make most feel comfortable. I full expect this to be the surprise unit on the team. And I think with the multiple ways that offense wants to use our TEs it’s really an edge for Robinson and Donnell over the others because of their athleticism.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if we kept no FBs or another TE instead of a FB. FBs are a dying bread for a reason in the NFL. In this offense if you need a FB in seems that guys like Hollis or Gatkins make more sense than our traditional FBs. If we do need a real lead blocker on short yardage a TE can be used. Plus I don’t see the value of Conner or Hynoski on special teams. It seems that we would be keeping a FB for just a couple of snaps a game which doesn’t make sense to me. Both guys are quality FBs but they just don’t fit this type of offense in my view because it seems we just won’t line up with a FB in a traditional set much at all. Much less than under the Gillbride system.

    •  skinnydoogan says:

      GOAT as much as I respect your opinion, we will have to agree to disagree. This group in it’s entirety, has done nothing, and I seriously doubt that any of them will. This is the single greatest weakness of this team at this time, behind the revamped O-line. This position has been allowed to atrophy as did the O-line and the linebackers for years. The current crew of underwhelming players is solid proof. I really hope I am wrong and you are right, but until proven otherwise, this group of TE’s is pretty underwhelming.

      •  skinnydoogan says:

        Now I stated my opinion, right wrong or indifferent, now I will shut my mouth and wait to be proven wrong particularly by the “JPP” of tight ends.

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