What Ben McAdoo has in store for the new-look New York Giants offense is still a bit of a mystery as, to this point, we've only heard little bits and pieces, with only but a small glimpse of things during the offseason workout program. And while much of the attention has focused on the running game and new route trees for the wide receivers, it may be the tight end's that wind up being the most important piece to the puzzle.
Following the conclusion of mandatory mini-camp, Larry Donnell offered, perhaps, the most unique insight into the new system to date and blatantly stated that the tight ends will not only play a big role in the passing game, but may, ultimately, be featured in it.
"The role of the tight end is to get the ball. I mean, we're a big part of this offense," Donnell told Giants.com. "It's not like we're option No. 3 or option No. 2, we're option No. 1 most of the time. We have a lot of designed plays [for the tight end] to get the ball and make plays."
Not only did Donnell suggest that tight end's will be a top option, he also said — as did Daniel Fells — that they will move around quite a bit, including being put in the slot.
"The tight end moves around a lot and have a lot of opportunities to get the ball," Donnell said. "That's all you can ask for."
Of course, with endless question marks surrounding the group and an overall uncertainty about who will emerge as the starter, the Giants still have a long way to go before they can so heavily rely on one of them. So if the tight end is truly a focal point in McAdoo's offensive system, the training camp battle at the position just became that much more important and interesting.
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