For the fifth straight season the New York Giants will have a new player starting at tight end. From Kevin Boss to Jake Ballard to Martellus Bennett to Brandon Myers, the Giants will add another player to that list this season, the question is who that player will be? Currently, the Giants have no tight end on their roster who has ever started an NFL game and because of that lack of experience, many feel the Giants should sign a veteran tight end. One veteran tight end that is still on the market is Jermichael Finley.
Finley was dominate pass catching player for the Green Bay Packers the past five seasons. During his years with the Packers, Finley had three seasons with over 50 catches and in 2011 had a All-Pro caliber season hauling in 55 catches for 767 yards and eight touchdown receptions. Finley though has a big warning tab next him, because he bruised his spinal cord this past year that kept his out the rest of the 2013 season. Because of his injury, the Giants must question if he is worth signing? Here are some pros and cons on Jermichael Finley.
Pros:Finley is a great weapon to have in your offense. He has had three seasons with over 50 catches and before getting hurt this past season in Week 6, Finley was on pace to have 65 receptions on the season as he hauled in 25 catches for 300 yards and three touchdown receptions in six games. Finley also played for the Packers where new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo coached for the past eight seasons. Because McAdoo is bringing over a high tempo West Coast Offense that was used in Green Bay, Finley would be a great fit at the tight position since he has prove to be a great asset in that type of offense. Finley is also very underrated run blocker and does good job blocking up in the second level.
Cons:The biggest negative for Finley have been his injury history. Finley has suffered two season ending and career threatening setbacks. In 2010 Finley tore his ACL and this past season he suffered a neck injury that resulted in a bruised spinal cord. Because of the fear of his durability, many teams have wavered a bit on signing Finley even though after he tore his ACL, Finley had his two best years in his NFL career in 2011 and 2012. Also the price tag on Finley maybe to high for the Giants to offer.
At the end of the day, if Finley is fully cleared to play from his bruised spinal cord injury, he is worth the risk for the Giants to sign him. He has proven to be a great fit in this high tempo west coast offense the Giants will be running now and will be great weapon for Giants quarterback Eli Manning to have. At 6-foot-5 and having the speed to beat safeties and linebackers in the middle of the field, Finley will be a great target for Manning to have especially with Manning coming off his worst season as a pro quarterback.
The question still is though will the Giants take a chance in signing Finley? The coaching staff is really high on tight end Adrien Robinson, their fourth round pick from the 2012 draft class and feel it's his time to become the starting tight end. That might be true, but if Finley is fully healthy, he can help the Giants offense and most importantly Manning turn things around from last season and help the Giants make the playoffs in 2014.