State of the Giants: Tight End

The Giants Beat takes a look at the State of the Giants, with a position by position breakdown leading up to training camp.

Let’s focus on the tight end position from the New York Giants as we continue to look back at the 2015 year and for the future to see what the team need to do to strengthen their roster.

 Well, it looks like this former Stony Brook Seawolf has busted the door wide open with 42 receptions in 13 games with seven starts. He also opened the door for Will Tye by leaving his time as a Giant where Tye was named to all-rookie teams by the Pro Football Writers of America and also by Gill Brandt on NFL.com.

From that note, let’s take a look on the Tight End positions:

TE1: Matt LaCosse

TE2: Larry Donnell

TE3: Will Tye

TE4: Jerell Adams

TE5: Ryan Malleck

Is the team in need of a tight end upgrade?

Yes and No.

Tye looks like a player who can develop an upper-echelon pass-catching tight end, which is good for the team. However, with thirteen games and seven starts is not well enough for him to be a great fit for the position. LaCosse, an undrafted free agent from Illinois, was very impressive and returned to the team after being waived and injured from the final games. We will have to see if he could be the tight end for the Giants. 

Malleck can possibly force his way into the picture of being a tight end. He started 32 games of his career at Virginia Tech, with being mostly inline as a dual-threat, blocking and receiving tight end. Although he’s a try-hard competitor, he needs to refine his blocking mechanics to improve his reliability from the line of scrimmage and in space.

The team was also intrigued by Adams when they selected him out of South Carolina in the sixth round of this year’s NFL Draft. Well, not for long from the early practices of Adams struggle of dropping several passes, but seemed to settle in as OTAs rolled in minicamp. If Adams turns out to be a player who will only contribute on special teams as a rookie, then the Giants might carry a fourth tight end.  


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