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We're constantly being told that the NFL is now a tight end league. If you don't have a good one, you're offense is lacking.

In fact, you need two good ones: one that can catch and one that can block. If you're you're lucky, you might get one that can do both. The Giants used to be a TE-rich team with dynamic players at the position who were coached by the best position coach in the game in Mike Pope.

These days, the Giants are fairly thin at the position. They currently have one draft bust (Adrien Robinson) and an undersized UDFA in Jerome Cunningham on the roster.

Tags: 2015 New York Giants, New York Giants Tight Ends
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At the beginning of camp, the Giants' plan at TE was to have one or two players emerge from the pack and take over the lion's share of the load.

With two weeks to go before the Giants kick off the regular season in Detroit, no one has distinguished themselves, leaving head coach Tom Coughlin talking TE by committee as roster cuts near.

"That is not necessarily what the plan was," said Coughlin. "But the plan has evolved to that, where people can be utilized for their skills in different ways...the expectations were that the two young guys would develop and grow and that the two veteran players would be stabilizers and do the things that they have done well."

Tags: 2014 New York Giants, New York Giants Tight Ends
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It?s actually true: The Giants have three tight ends on their roster, and even four if you include Bear Pascoe (though we?ll consider him mostly a fullback).

Sometimes we forget though that the Giants have these tight ends, because rarely do we see the position utilized in the offensive pass game.

We were spoiled the past few seasons with the production from former tight ends Jeremy Shockey, Kevin Boss, Jake Ballard and Martellus Bennett.

Tags: adrien robsinon, Brandon Myers, larry donnell, michael pope, New York Giants, tight ends
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Not much to talk about, but finances are always in fashion. According to spotrac.com, the Giants are $3,824,382 under the salary cap.?That calculation is based on the below from spotrac:

The dead money consists of prorated bonuses paid to: Ahmad Bradshaw (2.5 mil), Chris Canty (1.7 mil), Michael Boley (1.4 mil), Osi Umenyiora (1 mil), Greg Jones (100,132), Matt McCants (66,174), Marcus Davis (15,000), Martin Parker (5,000)

The injured reserve balance (405k) is allocated to CB Antonio Dennard, who was waived/injured on May 16th but is not listed on Injured Reserve on the team's website.

Tags: 2013 New York Giants, 2013 NFL Draft Tight Ends, New York Giants Salary Cap
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  1. Cordarrelle Patterson WR Tenn - Patterson was the best kept secret entering the 2012 NCAA season. There were whispers about a Junior College kid that could add a different dynamic to an already talented receiver corps. Little did everyone know Patterson would become the star of that group and show the ability to take over games. Patterson scored through the air, on the ground, and it the return game this season for the Vols. He was often the fastest player on the field, and that says a lot in the SEC. At 6'3" 200 lbs he could run a sub 4.4 at the combine.
  2. Keenan Allen WR Cal - Allen is the #1 receiver on many big boards and his size/strength combo is hard to match. Allen is a decent route runner and has shwon that he can make the tough catches over the middle. He is number two on this list but he is the most NFL ready wide out and will start from day one for a team.
  3. DeAndre Hopkins WR Clem - Hopkins in game speed is mind boggling. He will probably run somewhere in the 4.37 range at the combine but that hardly reflects how fast he is in pads. He makes defenders seem as though they are standing still when he runs routes. His dependable hands and crisp cuts make him tailored to the NFL game.
  4. Da'Rick Rogers WR Tenn Tech - Rogers has first round talent, but has 7th round character. Countless disciplinary problems at Tennessee led to his dismissal and the maturity still isn't there. With that said the kid can ball and that is what ultimately matters in the NFL.? Rogers' hands are comparable to Hakeem Nicks, he rarely drops passes. He will make a team extremely happy in the 2nd round.
  5. Terrance Williams WR Baylor - Williams isn't the fastest player in this draft class but he showed last season that he is a top tier receiver. His production increased after RGIII went pro and he dominated games last season. His 300+ yard game against West Virginia showcased his sleek route running and understanding of zone concepts.

Tags: 2013 New York Giants, 2013 NFL Draft, 2013 NFL Draft Giants, 2013 NFL draft prospects, 2013 NFL Draft Tight Ends, 2013 NFL Draft Wide Receiver, New York Giants, New York Giants Draft, NFL Draft, Editorial Aside
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From our colleague Jimmy Kempski:

It?s time to start paying attention to Will Hill if you?re a Giants fan. ?He has been getting a ton of reps with the 1?s, and extra reps with the 2?s. ?It?s clear that the coaching staff really likes him. ?And how do I know that? ?Because they yell at him a lot. ?Before the play, during the play, after the play, you name it. ??Be physical Will! ?Jam him up Will! ?Jam him up!? ?If they didn?t like him, he?d be running with the 3?s. ?

They?ve been using him a lot in the box, and today he covered the slot receivers and TEs quite a bit. ?He may very well play a big role for the Giants? defense this year, ?especially with the uncertainty of Terrell Thomas? knee. ?At all 32 camps, reporters are prefacing questions by first saying ?The NFL is changing with the usage of more athletic tight ends like Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez?? and then they finish their question, usually asking how you stop those two TE sets. ?If there hasn?t already been that question posed with Will Hill in mind already, there will be soon. ?Here?s some tape of Hill in college at Florida against Georgia. ?He had himself a game:

Tags: giants fan, Giants Training Camp, New York Giants News, Rob Gronkowski, Sports, tight ends, undefined, Will Hill
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Kristine Resse writes about football at?Aerys Sports, a fantastic site dedicated to women writing about sports. ?Kristine on Twitter @KristineReese.

Dustin Keller is entering the final year of his rookie contract, and the tight end has made it no secret that he is?looking for a long-term extension from the Jets. Although?Keller's representatives have approached the team about working on a deal, those initial talks have not resulted in much progress, leaving a frustrated Keller to play the waiting game.

Tags: Contract Extension, Dustin Keller, New York Jets, nfl, Opinion, Tight Ends, Adam Rotter
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John Carlson

Who knows what Carlson?s market will be like after missing all of the 2011 season with a torn labrum?? We do know that Seattle had already replaced him with Zach Miller even before his injury, so he?s likely to be calling a new state his home.? He?s a poor blocker, but a strong receiver and would be an upgrade over Bear Pascoe.

Martellus?Bennett

Tags: Free Agency, giants, New York Giants, tight ends
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We are back to discuss the best available running backs and tight ends in the 2012 draft. The Giants could possibly draft players from either of these positions early in the draft.

Brandon Jacobs may have played his last game with the team and Jake Ballard may be lost for the entire season with an injury. The Giants could look to surround Eli Manning with even more weapons in 2012.

RB?s

Tags: 2012, draft, giants, New York Giants, NFL, rankings, running backs, tight ends
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Also Check Out Grading The Units: Quarterbacks

Today we examine the wide receivers as well as the tight ends. The wide receiver unit is rich with potential, injury risk and X-factors.? The tight end core is, as the kids are saying, ?meh.?

The biggest complaint for the wide receivers is that there is no ?legit number one.?? The definition of a ?legit number one,? according to these people, is someone who blends both size and speed; someone who can stretch the field and double as a large red-zone target. My response to this argument is that if Hakeem Nicks is not a ?legit number one,? this is a very rare breed.? He may not be 6-5, but his playmaking ability is off the charts.? He is fast enough to stretch the field (he has caught a 30 yard pass in a larger perecentage of his games than did Plaxico Burress as a Giant), and he wreacked havoc in the red zone last year, grabbing 11 touchdowns in 13 games.? He may not be 6-5, but his playmaking ability is off the charts.? He just needs to stay healthy.

Tags: giants, Hakeem Nicks, Kevin Boss, Mario Manningham, New York Giants, Ramses Barden, tight ends, wide receivers
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