New York Giants Need to Give Houston Texans TE Joel Dreessen a Call

By Jeff Shull

I read some rather disappointing news earlier today concerning the Kevin Boss contract situation that played out last week and culminated with him leaving the Giants for the Oakland Raiders. Actually, this would clear up Jerry Reese from all the scrutiny to be honest.

Apparently Boss was on his way back from Oakland after working out for them, with his agent having given the Giants a verbal agreement on a contract, only to have Al Davis make him an offer while Boss was in the air. I’m not sure if they turned the plane around right then, but you get the idea.

According to Giants co-owner John Mara, they thought they had their tight end back.

This is somewhat disconcerting given the Giants current situation at tight end. As much as myself and other fans thought we should have drafted a tight end, the Giants appeared content with their backups, or at least confident Boss would return.

Well neither happened, and now the team is stuck in tight end limbo not knowing whether to stay the course or go after someone and give up a draft pick for them. After hearing about Travis Beckum struggling in practice today so much so that offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride ordered him to sit out the rest of practice, it seems like they ought to move on.

If they were listening to me, they would have given the Houston Texans a call about backup tight end Joel Dreessen the day after Boss signed with the Raiders. I’ve been lucky enough to cover Texans training camp for Rant Sports, and Dreessen is a future starter in the making.

One day during the first week of camp, incumbent tight end Owen Daniels was out with an illness and Dreessen lined up with the starters all day long and showcased his abilities. Not only can he block, but he’s a big target over the middle with speed to beat linebackers.

With Daniels out for most of the 2010 season, the Texans didn’t miss a bit and Dreessen finished with 36 catches for 518 yards and four touchdowns in just 10 starts. To compare, Boss had 35 catches for 531 yards and five touchdowns in 15 starts.

I honestly don’t know if the Texans would be willing to part ways with Dreesen, but they did just sign Owen Daniels to a four year, $22 million deal. They have the luxury of moving Dreessen if they wanted to—James Casey made the switch to full back but after the Lawrence Vickers signing he could go back to tight end.

If Jerry Reese came calling with a third or fourth round pick, I don’t know if  Texans GM Rick Smith could turn it down. Let’s make it happen.


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