Though he has been a starter for the Giants the past two season, TE Will Tye finds himself on the bubble as the Giants' preseason comes to a close.
Tye never saw himself in this position heading into the year, but he knows it comes with the territory when going undrafted.
"No. No, definitely not," Tye told The Post's Brian Lewis. "But honestly, it comes with the job. You don't expect it, but you're always subject to change, so it doesn't really [surprise] you as much as people would think or like it to. That's that undrafted lifestyle, no matter what every year. They say [it's like that for] everybody, but everybody knows it's not everybody."
After going undrafted out of Stony Brook two seasons ago, Tye worked hard to reach the Giants' roster and it paid dividends. He made the PFWA All-Rookie team after hauling in 42 catches for 464 yards three touchdowns in 13 games.
However, GM Jerry Reese signed veteran TE Rhett Ellison and drafted TE Evan Engram this offseason. With the Giants having drafted TE Jerell Adams as well, Tye has had harsh competition all camp long.
But having experienced the grind of trying to make an NFL roster, Tye is up for the challenge. He will have to make a statment during the Giants' final preseason matchup against the New England Patriots Thursday night.
"My rookie year definitely [helped]. Being the sixth or seventh guy on the depth chart definitely was helpful for this year," Tye said. "But it's always a battle. I had that my whole life, even at Florida State [where he played before Stony Brook], in high school, to come out on top. I'm ready for whatever happens. I'm ready for Thursday night, that's what I'm ready for."
Head coach Ben McAdoo wants "to give every player who's on the bubble an opportunity to show what they can do." So, Tye is ready to make his mark on Thursday night because it very well could be his last performance as a Giant.
"Yes. Any game you play [is big], but definitely this Thursday being the last one, it's important," Tye said. "You want to go out and fire on all cylinders whatever you do on the field -- special teams, offense, defense, receiving, blocking. Just make a play, make all the plays you can, that's for sure."
As for what Tye can do to make sure the Giants keep him on their 53-man roster, he doesn't know. He is just out there to win a job, no matter what its description might be.
"There's nothing specific [they've said]: 'Just go out there and win the job.' Win a job anywhere. Obviously it's not just this team, it's any team that can obviously be looking. Just go out and win a job.'"
Though he hauled in six more receptions last season than he did his rookie year, Tye saw a decline in his production as he totaled 395 yards and just one touchdown.