The tight end position for the New York Giants has been a bit of a game of musical chairs over the last couple of years.
It's gone from Kevin Boss to Jake Ballard to Martellus Bennett to Brandon Myers and now, the position completely wide open with six players looking to make a good impression on Tom Coughlin and Ben McAdoo with the idea of starting. Thus far, there hasn't been that one guy to make the most waves and headlines, but slowly, some could be breaking out of the pack.
McAdoo mentioned on Tuesday that holdover Larry Donnell and veteran Daniel Fells are starting to break away from the other four in the group and are showing the Giants offensive coordinator that they can cut it in the first team offense.
"I think Larry (Donnell) has had a nice camp so far," he said. "I think Daniel (Fells) had a good camp until he got nicked up. The other guys are making progress. I think Larry is conscientious guy," he said. "He is a big body; he’s capable of blocking sometimes better than he does on tape. He can go down the middle of the field and make a play on the ball. That needs to show up all the time. It is important to take care of your teammates on the field and that seems like it is pretty important to him."
Of the six, Fells does have the most game experience since he's been in the league going back to 2008 playing with the St. Louis Rams, Denver Broncos and New England Patriots. In 71 total games, Fells has 92 total catches for 1,086 yards and eight touchdowns.
Kellen Davis also has experience too and is more suited for a blocking-type role, as he could assume the role left by the departed Bear Pascoe if needed. Then there's Xavier Grimble, an undrafted free agent with possible talent but has been injured during camp as well as newcomer Jerome Cunningham.
Then there is former fourth-round draft pick Adrien Robinson, who was once called the "JPP of tight ends" but in his first two years in the league, has yet to show the Giants anything significant and has dropped on the depth chart in preseason. With the way his summer has gone, Robinson is seriously risking being cut before the start of the 2014 season.
When asked on what McAdoo is looking for in a tight end, he's essentially looking for a guy he doesn't have to substitute in a no-huddle offense, can play the wide receiver part of being a tight end along with the normal blocking part of it.
Thus far, the battle remains wide open, but Fells and Donnell seem to have the slight edge with less than a month to go until the start of the season.
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