Player Name: Will Tye
2015 Highlights: Undrafted out of Stony Brook College, Will Tye emerged as one of Eli Manning’s favorite targets in the latter half of the season. After the season ending injury to Larry Donnell in week 8, Will Tye was signed from the practice squad and took over duties as the starting TE. His rookie campaign had him leading most major categories among other rookie TEs. He boasted 42 receptions, 464 yards, and 3 touchdowns, all of which he ranked first or tied for first among rookie TEs in the league. Tye’s trio of touchdowns all came during important games for the Giants. During a race for the NFC East crown, Tye nabbed a touchdown during a two minute drill right before the end of the half against the Dolphins in Week 14. The next week, Tye scored an 8 yard touchdown in the hotly contested game against the eventual Super Bowl losing Panthers. His third touchdown came in Week 17 against the Eagles in Tom Coughlin’s last game. Tye hauled in a 9-yard pass and took it with him into the end zone. Tye recorded a season long reception of 45 yards on a pass from Eli manning in Week 13 against the Jets.
Contract Situation: Tye is currently under a 3-year contract and is scheduled to make $525,000 in 2016 and then $615,000 in 2017. Unless Tye faces significant injury problems or takes multiple steps back in his progression, his future with the Giants should be safe for the time being. In addition, Larry Donnell is not under contract for the 2016 season. This further cements Tye’s place with the Giants.
Tradeable/Untradeable: Tye was signed off the practice squad when injuries plagued the team. However, given his versatility as a receiver and his agility on the field, it’s hard to imagine the Giants would let him go. They may find another TE that would be a more proficient blocker to compliment Tye.
2016 Outlook: Tye’s presence was felt in the 2015 season once he became immersed in the passing game. If Rueben Randle returns, and Victor Cruz returns to top form, Tye could be the odd one out in a coverage scheme that must be dedicated to stopping Beckham and the rest of a potentially dominant wide receiver core. If he is mostly shadowed by linebackers, Tye’s speed will be more than enough to get him open in space and possibly become a bigger red zone threat. A tool Manning would surely love. After all, Beckham cannot catch every pass on the field. Or can he?