Letting the TEs loose

On paper, it doesn't look like Jeremy Shockey's 61 catches for 666 yards and 6 scores were disappointing. Until you compare his numbers with the NFL's two elite tight ends – San Diego's Antonio Gates (81, 964, 13) and the Chiefs Tony Gonzalez (102, 1,298, 7).

"I think it was disappointing for him and for us," Giants tight end coach Mike Pope said. "He missed so much time with the leg surgery on his foot and came into camp and pulled a hamstring…Hopefully that's all behind him."

In sizing up the rest of the tight ends, Pope likes free agent Chris Luzar's work ethic and strength. Whether he'll be the complementary blocking tight end the Giants are looking for, Pope won't know "until we get in pads and actually see the pass protection and the run blocking."

Regarding backup Visanthe Shiancoe, Pope said, "I think he made some real strides in the passing game here this spring. He had a long ways to go when we signed him . . . because he came from a small school. But he's running well, he's very strong in the weight room . . . from that standpoint I think he's made a lot of strides."

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