Wednesday, August 1, 2012

New York Giants' Tightends

 Anthony Mongelluzzo© 
Wow I never thought that a player under contract with the Super Bowl Champions, would ever end up on the loser's team. Jake Ballard had a torn ACL and the Giants tried to sneak him through the waiver system, but failed as the Patriots claimed him. Tom Coughlin, the rest of the organization and fan base were speechless as this happened. Now the Giants have one healthy tightend from last season's active roster. 
Bear Pascoe is that one. He is a hybrid, tightend and fullback. He is more of a blocker than a pass catcher. He scored his first NFL touchdown against the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game. In Super Bowl XLVI he caught four passes for 33 yards. He most likely will be the starter going into the season, but it will not surprise me if Beckum (when he gets healthy)  or Martellus Bennett surpasses him on the depth chart.
Next is to Martellus Bennett, he is 280 pounds, right now. When he came into training camp he weighed in at 290-295, that's the weight of one of the tackles on the Giants. He is very talented, but he hasn't had the determination or work ethic to put that talent to use. Right now he is either going to boom or bust with the Giants.
Travis Beckum was put on the PUP list (Physically unable to perform) at the start of training camp. The Giants will not take him off until he is a 100%. The Giants will have to make use without him. Beckum hasn't shown a lot of productivity when in the starting position.
Adrien Robinson is a tightend the Giants drafted, he is likely going to be developed this year, and will compete to start when and if he is ready. He has a lot of the physical ability, but lets see how he adjusts to the pro game.
Christian Hopkins who was on the practice squad last year, is going to battle for a roster spot, but it seems right now the Giants are not going to carry a fourth tightend. The Giants have raved about him, but unless he pulls a Victor Cruz, he won't be making the opening day roster. I would not be surprised if he ends up on the practice squad.
Ryan Purvis and Larry Donnell are also on the training camp roster, but both are unlikely to make the roster, because they don't stand out physically, and they haven't put up big statistics in college or the NFL. Ryan Purvis' best season came in 2007 when he had 54 catches for 553 yards and 4 touchdowns. For Larry Donnell it came in 2008 for Grambling State where he caught 18 passes for 235 yards and for six touchdowns. Both are highly unlikely to make the roster.
In the next few days I will put up the tackle situation.
Mongelluzzo, Anthony . "The Giants Training Camp Starters." 2012. Raw image file.

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