Useless TEs

Midway through the season, Giants tight ends have three catches - two by Dan Campbell and one by Marcellus Rivers. That leaves them on pace for the lowest receiving production at the position since 1970 when tight ends were first given their own statistical category.

The low total was set in 1998 when Giants tight ends combined for 16 receptions (Howard Cross 13, Andy Haase two, Alfred Pupunu one). In the nine-game 1982 season, Gary Shirk had six catches, which accounted for all of the team's tight end output that season. Making matters worse is that opposing defenses don't even pay attention to the Giants tight ends any longer.

After the Cowboys game, Dallas LB Dat Nguyen told a couple of the Giants that he didn't even bother covering Campbell as the game wore on. Late in the contest, Campbell was running free down the middle of the field without a defender within several yards of him. Seems Nguyen was so certain that Campbell wouldn't get the ball that he jumped up and helped blanket RB Tiki Barber.

You'd have to believe that any use of the TEs would help the receivers out as well. There's no room for the wideouts to get free along either sideline because the middle defenders are roaming outside to help out on New York's other "eligible" receivers.

INJURY REPORT: P Rodney Williams (wrist, 2-3 weeks) is out. But starting RDT Keith Hamilton (shoulder) and his backup Lance Legree (pectoral muscle) are expected to return to action.


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