The New York Giants "waived" goodbye to not one, but two tight ends on Tuesday by cutting Jerome Cunningham and Xavier Grimble (waived/injured). Now the team has decreased their number of tight ends from six to four, and strangely enough, there has not been one clear cut starter for the position as the Giants head into their preseason finale against the New England Patriots.
So far, Larry Donnell has been listed as the team's No. 1 tight end, but Donnell's showing has not been "rise-above-the-rest" worthy, leading the tight ends with just three receptions to his credit — and he is actually tied with Adrien Robinson in that category. The only tight end with a touchdown so far is Kellen Davis, while Daniel Fells is recovering from a knee injury, causing him to miss action against the Jets.
It was floating around earlier that the Giants were considering not carrying a fullback on the roster and having their tight ends handle that duty. That idea is definitely on hold for at least this season as fullbacks Henry Hynoski and Jon Conner have both had impressive showings at this point. It is likely that Hynoski will win the job if his touchdown reception against the New York Jets Friday is any indication that he is healthy and still wants to be a big part of the offense like he once was.
But at the end of the day, is there any tight end that has shown they are worthy of the prime spot? The Giants have hoped that Adrien Robinson can be that young threat that they are looking for. With the 2012 fourth-round pick in the third year of his four year contract, many, including Tom Coughlin and his staff, were hoping Robinson to break out at some point, particularly now. And Coughlin has expressed some dissatisfaction with Robinson already this year.
There was a little excitement about the possibility of Kellen Davis becoming a positive part in the Giants' offense, though his three receptions last season with the Seattle Seahawks is not a strong indication of anything. He did however, show some flashes of talent during his five year stint with the Bears, despite being overshadowed by the presence of Greg Olsen.
The Patriots game is a last hope for these tight ends, as they all don't have a promise of a job if their time with Big Blue comes to an end. With Adrien Robinson being the only one out of the bunch with a multi-year contract with the team, it is evident that he will stay for now. Daniel Fells will be feeling most of the heat during the Patriots game, as he appears to be the dark horse going into this race.
Unless a trade or an acquisition is in their minds at this point, the only thing the Giants can hope for is roll the dice, give their tight ends a chance to perform, and hopefully something good can come of this. And if you don't believe the Giants have had success in the past with tight ends stepping up, look up these names: Kevin Boss, Jake Ballard, Bear Pascoe and Martellus Bennett.
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