Johnson first impressed the Giants with his hands, but showed enough blocking skills that the Giants felt comfortable trading former blocking TE Mike Matthews. This week Johnson steps into the number one role and will have the chance to show off both his receiving and blocking skills. There should be no drop off in the run game when it comes to the double tight end sets as Beatty, a 2nd round pick from Uconn, is a natural tackle. Beatty may not have the quickness of a true TE but he should be able to maul a Linebacker in running situations. A few years back the Giants used G Rich Seubert in similar situations and it was very effective. Perhaps, although unlikey, you may see a goal line play fake where Beatty becomes a receiving target, no doubt the Giants tested him out this week in practice.
With the emergence of Steve Smith, Mario Manningham and Hakeem Nicks the Giants do not have to rely on the TE's for many receptions, but there is always the progress of 3rd round pick Travis Beckum. Beckum is not a TE nor is he a WR, but more of a hybrid player that fits into H-back category. Beckum garnered enough confidence in the coaching staff to be utilized in a couple of formations (if only as a decoy) early in the seasonm but in recent weeks he has become a target for Eli. His role in Sunday's game may be increased with Boss out. Don't expect Beckum to lineup as a traditional TE with his hand in the dirt, but he is a matchup problem in the slot where he has seen most of his time. As the season progresses Beckum looks like he may be used more and more to create matchup issues for opposing defenses. I especially expect to see him utilized in the Goal line packages, he is a big target with good hands.