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Travis Beckum, the ultimate "tweener" TE that had very little success in Giants uniform, has signed as a free agent with the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks:
From Rotoworld:?Beckum, 27, was out of the league last season and played just 23 snaps in four games for the Giants in 2012. The former third-round pick hasn't been the same since tearing his ACL in the Super Bowl two Februarys ago. Beckum is an athletic pass-catching tight end who will compete for a roster spot this summer.
Beckum played in 44 games as a Giant from 2009-12, starting only twice. ?He never really had a natural position in Blue, even with Mike Pope coaching him up. He was considered too small to be a traditional blocking TE and he lacked the skills to be a seam-breaker. In retrospect, Beckum is considered another of Jerry Reese's early-to-mid round draft follies.
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From Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN New York:
Tight end?Travis Beckum?was placed on injured reserve on Wednesday with a knee injury.

Beckum injured his knee in practice last Friday, according to the Giants. The team signed defensive back?Terrence Frederick?off the practice squad to take Beckum's roster spot.

Cornerback Brandon Bing was signed to the practice squad.

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According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, the Giants have activated TE Travis Beckum from the PUP list and waived OL Mitch Petrus.

? Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) November 3, 2012

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The Giants are beginning to get healthier. Last week, Hakeem Nicks made his return to the lineup, and in the coming weeks Kenny Phillips and Rocky Bernard are expected back, too.

Here's the latest on the Giants' injured players:

Chris Canty

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By now, you?ve probably read every breakdown possible of Sunday?s win. If you?re like me, you basked in the glow Sunday night and let the party continue through the parade/rally and possibly through the rest of the work week.

It was a thing of beauty in my eyes, to be present at MetLife stadium on Tuesday with thousands of other Giants fanatics that played grownup hooky to be a part of Big Blue?s 4TH Super Bowl Title. But for a brief moment, my attention was diverted from the glory of the present and redirected to a cold Saturday night 6 years ago.

Tags: Bear Pascoe, Chase Blackburn, Eli Manning, Jake Ballard, Jermichael Finley, New York Giants, super bowl 46, Travis Beckum
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Lost in the excitement last night were the serious knee injuries to Giants' TEs Travis Beckum and ?Jake Ballard....

Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum were standing together as everyone else ran around on the field.

Their celebration was much simpler: a congratulatory tap of their crutches.

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Giants TE Travis Beckum is perhaps the most frustrated - and frustrating - player on the Giants roster these days. The third-year player, who was drafted in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft as part of the response to fill the void created by the departure of Plaxico Burress, has yet to show the Giants and their fans why he warranted such a high selection.

In his first two seasons, Beckum has been in and out of the lineup, only catching 21 passes for 171 yards and two TDs. Injuries - mainly hamstrings - have hampered Beckum's development has a pro and have also cramped the Giants' grandiose plans for him as an H-back and a slot receiver.

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TE Travis Beckum, whose Giants career has been marred by injury and disappointment, left practice this afternoon. Apparently he is having hamstring issues once again.

This latest development has to be the final straw for the Giants here. I would not discount them finally cutting ties with him, which would open up a valuable roster spot for a player who can help the club...

On another front, DE Justin Tuck practiced (albeit in shells) but he participated to the extent he was allowed. Tom Coughlin intimated that the next 24 hours would dictate the decision on whether Tuck would play or not:

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It might not be a stretch to say that tonight's pre-season game against the Bears is the biggest game of tight end Travis Beckum's career. Although many fans and journalists have counted him out, the Giants still have some hope for the 2009 third round pick. And Beckum himself foresees a big role for himself in this year's offense.

In Zach Berman's article on NJ.com, Beckum contends that he can still be a major asset in the Giants' passing game, while also taking on a larger role as a blocker.

?I?m going to be in a lot more,? Beckum said. ?A lot of times last year, teams would just put in a nickel package when I came in. But there?ll be games when I run much more run plays than I did past. And I think that?s good, being diverse.?
Jerry Reese has also given Beckum a vote of confidence, stating that Kevin Boss' tally of 35 receptions in 2010 should be easily?attainable?for Beckum in 2011. Perhaps Reese believes Beckum will break out in his third year. Or maybe it's just a case of the general manager not giving up on his own draft pick despite his lack of production in any definition of the word.

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As Giants fans lament the loss of TE Kevin Boss, one of the tight ends in line to replace Boss is just trying to make his impact felt. Travis Beckum, a third-year TE out of Wisconsin, is feeling himself out as he tries to make his presence be known on the field.

Beckum, who has been battling injuries lately, just wants to get at it and is ready for real game action.

?I am anxious to get out there,? Beckum told Giants.com. ?It has been a while with the whole lockout stuff, but I am anxious to get out there and play and have some fun.?

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By now you know that tight end Kevin Boss has signed with the Oakland Raiders, receiving a 4-year deal?worth $16 million. Naturally, Tom Coughlin was asked about the impact of losing the three-year starter.

"The guys that are here are going to have to prove to us that we can continue and run the offense that we want to run," Coughlin said per the Star-Ledger's Zack Berman. "If we have to make adjustments, we'll do it."

It appears Travis Beckum is now the No. 1 option at tight end with Coughlin saying?the third-year pro?needs to be more consistent. Coughlin would not say if the team would look?outside the organization for help at the position.

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When the Giants drafted TE Travis Beckum in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft, people wondered what the plan was. Three years later, that plan may finally be taking shape.

Beckum is not your traditional tight end, mainly because he is deemed a tad bit too light (245 lbs) to play TE in the run game and too heavy to play WR. He's your classic "tweener".

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With free agency (hopefully) around the corner, the Giants will soon have to decide whether or not they want to pursue free agent Plaxico Burress.? A lot of factors will go into this decision, not the least of which is the current wide receiver core.? Let?s take a look:

Duke Calhoun, Michael Clayton, Derek Hagan, Jerrel Jernigan, Mario Manningham, Hakeem Nicks, Devin Thomas, Ramses Barden, Victor Cruz, Domenik Hixon, Steve Smith, Travis Beckum

Yes, I am aware that Travis Beckum was drafted as a tight end/H-back, but the Giants don?t use the H-back and he can?t cut it as a tight end.? At this point, his best shot to make the team is as a slot receiver.

Tags: Devin Thomas, Domenik Hixon, Duke Calhoun, giants, Hakeem Nicks, jerrel jurnigan, Mario Manningham, michael clayton, NFL, Plaxico Burress, Ramses Barden, Steve Smith, Travis Beckum, Victor Cruz
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Giants' head coach Tom Coughlin has complete confidence that TE Bear Pascoe can fill Kevin Boss' shoes.? Pascoe was activated yesterday after it was determined that Boss will out indefinitely with a concussion.? Coughlin was not comfortable leaving the untested enigma Travis Beckum as the only TE on the roster.

This should be no surprise to anyone who's been following along.? When Coughlin was asked why he chose to open the season with only two TEs on the roster he was quick to state that he had some good players that were only an "up/down" away.

In his post-game presser on Sunday, QB Eli Manning also believed that Pascoe can fill the bill in Boss' absence.....

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The release of Bryan Kehl was the fourth surprising cut by the Giants over the past two weeks.

Kehl has the look of a prototypical linebacker. A standout in BYU?s 3-4 scheme as an outside pass rusher, he has yet to break through as an NFL player. It can be argued that Kehl?s raw talent was hampered by his landing spot come draft day. Of all the 4-3 defenses to be brought into, the Giants were the worst fit.

It is no secret that the Giants have been carrying at least four top level defensive ends since the 2007 campaign. This year the total grew to five with the addition of Jason Pierre-Paul. For a mid-level draft pick striving to see the field, the opportunities were slim. When other defenses might have dialed up a rush from an extra linebacker, the Giants simply placed another DE in the spot.

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It's time.

Time to find out what Travis Beckum is.? Is he a TE? An H-back? A slot receiver? None of the above?

Right now, the Giants need Beckum to assume the role of a traditional TE. With Kevin Boss' status uncertain after suffering a concussion on Sunday, the Giants are hoping that Beckum - the only other TE on the roster - can get the job done.

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The current locks to make the team at TE are of course Kevin Boss and Bear Pascoe. Boss, who has been an asset since his rookie year, has the toughness of Jeremy Shockey without the hubris. He also has taken his share of lumps and the nature of his position leaves him pretty nicked up by game?s end.

Boss is only a few months removed from surgery and while he is one of Eli?s favorite targets, it may be wise for the organization to retain three TEs. It is not a stretch to assume that Boss will have to miss some time this season due to injury despite his toughness and ability.

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If you?ve been paying attention over the past two days, you

are well aware of the mounting injuries infesting the Giants locker room.? The injuries are hampering nearly every

position group and with September fast approaching, the Giants front office has a mess on its hands.

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A 7 point loss?...we'll take it. ?This was no ordinary game for the Giants. ?No the game didn't count. ?However, meaningless or not, the Giants found themselves with their back to the wall in the early month of August.

A 24-17 defeat is not exactly disappointing when you consider the circumstances.? New York played the entire game with a third string QB.? How many times have you witnessed a third string QB even play a series at the pro level, let alone an entire game?

That said, here's what we learned:

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Ralph Vacchiano at the Daily News reports via the "Blue Screen's" twitter that Mario Manningham "might not go tonight" because of his groin issues.

Manningham's absence would help deplete an already slim group of WR/TE's.? By now you are likely all aware that only one true TE (Bear Pascoe) will be suiting up but Steve Smith, Sinorice Moss, and Tim Brown are also staying in sweatpants.

Manningham has all but cemented a top three receiving slot but Moss and Brown cannot afford to miss time.? Neither can young TE's Jake Ballard or Scott Chandler who would have had a golden oppurtunity to convince the brass that Travis Beckum (also out) isn't a priority come final cut day.

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Giants TE coach Mike Pope has been a respected tutor of tight ends in this league for decades.? He is on his third generation of tight ends here with the Giants.? His prior students include Pro Bowlers Mark Bavaro and Jeremy Shockey as well as Mr. Reliable - Howard Cross.

"He is the best tight ends coach in football," Head Coach Tom Coughlin said.

His top student right now is Kevin Boss, the talented, underused successor to Shockey who has been fighting through some injury issues the past year.

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J. Williams is a long-time GFB reader and commentator.? His column appears every Thursday.

1) Hakeem Nicks, WR, NC ? Steve Smith has been performing at the top his game since he came into the league yet Jerry Reese decides to pass on a blue chip college MLB (Rey Maualuga) and a blue chip college split end (Kenny Britt) to draft yet another possession receiver. If there were any question marks at the receiver position it was in the X and the slot. Having two possession receivers starting has hindered the Giants? ability to open up the field, which contributed to the lack of success in the run game this season past. Nicks wasn?t even BPA. He will be a very successful receiver in the NFL, but the pick could have went to an actual need: C-

2) Clint Sintim, DE/OLB, Virginia ? A 3-4 outside linebacker? Why? Are the Giants switching to a 3-4 defense? Not in 2009. If they do in the future, the grade on this pick goes up but right now it hasn?t panned out. I still have some faith in Sintim and he?s only going into his second season, but in terms of wisdom, you have to wonder: B

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Losing Domenik Hixon will sting. That much is obvious. Perhaps the best reserve receiver in the league, the former Akron Zip was a starter on the Giants depth chart this time last year.

Most of the worry has been directed towards the gaping hole in the return game. Hixon?s knack for pulling off spectacular run backs has aided the Giants on several occasions. Thus, the previously mentioned concern is well placed.

Despite this, the hole at receiver should not be overlooked. The Giants, a club that rarely uses a fourth receiver on any given play, was headed into their 2010 training camp with five receivers already guaranteed a roster spot. Now, the team is down to only four set names (Steve Smith, Hakeem Nicks, Mario Manningham, Ramses Barden) and there will be room for competition among the bubble players.

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Hello GFB community. I will be doing a weekly blog post, focusing on areas where I think the Giants could use some improvement. Expect to see me every Thursday.

For my first post I thought I would try to establish a rubric, so to speak, for my own dissatisfaction with the MLB situation.? I know it seems sometimes that I (Igs) am only seeing this thing from the ?glass half empty? perspective, but in truth there are a number of important angles that inform my reservations:

How close are the Giants?

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The Giants completed their OTAs for the week yesterday at the Timex Performance Center.? There were several highlights.? Eli Manning looked fairly sharp completing passes to - brace yourselves - Ramses Barden and Travis Beckum (picutred).? Don't read too much into that, but it was still nice to see those two finally out there producing.

Brandon Jacobs, coming off knee surgery showed the old burst of the Jacobs we have all come to know and love.? There were also safeties who appeared have a clue.? Both free-agent signees Antrel Rolle and Deon Grant handled themselves like a couple of old pros (which Grant just happens to be)

There will be three OTAs next week - Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

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There is a good chance TE Kevin Boss will not play on Sunday as he has a high ankle sprain, hasn't practiced all week, and is listed as doubtful. This means backup TE Darcy Johnson will be the number one and William Beatty moves into the blocking TE spot when the Giants go with a heavy package, including goal line.

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.

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In a report on Profootballtalk.com, the New York Giants are still looking for another tight end to take the place of the traded Michael Matthews.

So far, the Gmen have worked out Leonard Pope and Alex Smith both formerly of the Cardinals and Patriots, but neither has been signed.

Pope or Smith would be a nice addition to the squad. I watched Pope a decent amount last year and thought he was a pretty well rounded TE. He caught the ball well in the endzone, and was an above average blocker. He's definitely young and could have some upside.

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Giants.com has reported that the Giants have signed 3rd round pick TE Travis Beckum. To make room for the rookie, free agent defensive end Alex Field was waived.

Beckum is the 5th draft pick to sign on, leaving four of the nine draft picks, including 1st rounder Hakeem Nicks, still unsigned.

In 30 games for Wisconsin, Beckum compiled 159 receptions for 2,149 yards and 11 touchdowns. His 159 receptions ranks him 3rd all time in Badger history in receptions behind former Wisco stars Lee Evans and Brandon Williams.

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Greetings from your newest Giants football blogger! I?m Patricia Traina, Editor of Inside Football, an accredited, independent publication that covers the New York Giants. From time to time, I?ll pop in to share tidbits, observations, quotes, and other goodies that I collect from my visits to Giants central. I hope you enjoy what I have to offer in the way of information!

For my?first blog, here is a quick snapshot of how I thought the Giants? 2009 draft class looked during this past weekend?s rookie mini camp.

WR Hakeem Nicks: The first rounder came as advertised ? very polished. He?s not very tall, but he plays ?big.? He?s not afraid to go into traffic and he has good concentration, especially in traffic where he successfully used his body to shield the ball from the defender.

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Thunder and Lightning

Tight Ends Coach: Mike PopeOffensive Coordinator: Kevin GilbrideTight Ends: Kevin Boss (Starter). Darcy Johnson, Michael Matthews, Martrez Milner, Lee Vickers, Travis Beckum

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Butch Davis, Al Groh, Randy Edsall, Rich Ellerson, Brett Bielema, Paul Chryst, Tom O'Brien. Those names might not mean much off the top your head if you're a Giant fan.

But in analyzing the 2009 NFL Draft, these names were key in who the Giants selected in the high rounds. The team has relationships with these college coaches and used them to their advantage at the draft table.

First round pick wide receiver Hakeem Nicks of North Carolina reminds many of Dallas Cowboys' Hall-of-Famer Michael Irvin. There is good reason for that: He was coached by Butch Davis at UNC. Irvin was coached by Davis as a collegian at Miami and as a pro in Dallas.

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