Every great Giants team has had a TE that other teams had to game plan for. The Bill Parcells teams had Mark Bavaro and Zeke Mowatt. Later on came Jeremy Shockey, Kevin Boss and yes, Jake Ballard.
The current edition of the Giants have the sedentary, but versatile, Bear Pascoe; Brandon Myers, who was rarely in synch with Eli Manning, and Adrien Robinson, who has yet to show Giant fans that he was worthy of fourth round pick in 2012.
With new OC Ben McAdoo, a former TE coach with the Packers, the Giants' offense once again will demand a significant contribution from the tight end position.
It is unlikely that Pascoe fits in this offense. Myers will probably be let go. Robinson will be given a chance to get his career jumpstarted. But McAdoo will be requiring a Seambreaker, a weapon.
One player that has been mentioned is Andrew Quarless, who played for McAdoo in Green Bay. From Rotoworld:
"Quarless made 10 starts filling in for Jermichael Finley this season, finishing with a career-high 32 catches, 312 yards, and two touchdowns. He has a history with new Giants coordinator Ben McAdoo, who served as the Packers TE coach from 2006-2011, and could be a low-cost option to replace impending free agent Brandon Myers. Second-year TE Adrian Robinson is also expected to be given an opportunity to earn a bigger offensive role in 2014."Other available free agent options the Giants may consider:
- Jimmy Graham would be costly and there's no way the Saints let him go.
- Dennis Pitta is a possibility, but he missed a chunk of time due to hip surgery. He finished strong, however, but is a Joe Flacco favorite and is likely to stay put.
- Brandon Pettigrew came into the league with great promise, but has yet to live up to that.
There are also some other interesting players in this draft: Eric Ebron (North Carolina), Jace Amaro (Texas Tech), C.J. Fiedorowicz (Iowa) and Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Washington).