It's the dawn of a new season for New York Giants fans, and the same old question marks surround the team's tight end spot. For the past three seasons, Eli Manning has targeted several different players at tight end.
Kevin Boss, one of Manning's favorite receivers, was the Giants tight end for the 2010 season before leaving for Oakland in free agency. For the 2011 season, Jake Ballard rose to become Big Blue's starting tight end, and was a big part of the Giants' success leading them to become eventual Super Bowl champions that season.
After tearing his ACL during the Super Bowl, the Giants cut Ballard during the offseason and he was later taken off waivers by the New England Patriots. This past season, the Giants starting tight end was Martellus Bennett. Bennett had a career season for Big Blue after spending his first four seasons of his career with the division rival Dallas Cowboys, and was second in receptions and touchdowns for the Big Blue offense during the 2012 season.
Because of his stellar 2012 season, Bennett left the Giants during free agency and signed a four year deal with the Chicago Bears. Now the Giants are left with the same question again this offseason as to who will be their starting tight end?
That questions will be answered by one of these three men buying for the Giants starting Tight End position.
Front Runner: Bear Pascoe
This tight end/fullback has been a member of the Giants the past three seasons. Pascoe is a very versatile player who can come out of the backfield or play on the line as a tight end. Pascoe, who is a very good run blocker, has impressed the Giants' coaching staff including offense coordinator Kevin Gilbride.
Gilbride said of Pascoe in a recent interview "he is one of those guys that just whatever you ask him to do, he goes out and does it with as much courage and determination as anybody. "As a result of that he plays above – sometimes – what your expectations might be. We asked him to do a very difficult role – he does it very well."
Pascoe though might have to play fullback in the Big Blue offense early on this season after starting fullback Henry Hynoski had MCL surgery this offseason. This issue could lead to the other two candidates for the Giants' starting tight end slot to win the battle.
In the Hunt: Brandon Myers
One of the Giants free agent acquisition this offseason, Myers is one of the players buying for the Big Blue tight end position. Myers comes to the Giants after spending three seasons with the Oakland Raiders. He is a very underrated, and had a career season last year for Oakland finishing fourth in receptions amongst tight ends for 2012.
Now, Myers comes to a Giants team where the use of the tight end position is very important in the passing game, and from both Ballard and Bennett having career season back-to-back in the Big Blue offense, Myers can make himself into one of the best tight ends in the NFL.
Robinson was the Giants' fourth round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, and comes into this season with a lot to prove to the coaching staff. A player with tremendous athleticism and huge frame, standing at 6-foot-4 weighing in at about 270 pounds, Robinson is without a doubt a freak of nature. After he was drafted last season, the Giants' coaching staff described Robinson as the "next JPP", because of his raw talents and athleticism that can turn him into an All-Pro tight end. Now in his second year, Robinson has a shot to become the Giants' starting tight end and prove his coaches right.
With training just weeks away, the question surrounding the New York Giants tight end spot will be answered and possibly include the next favorite target for quarterback Eli Manning.