The New York Giants tight end depth isn’t great but might be improving. The day after waiving the injured Jake Ballard, who will more than likely miss the entire season, the other tight end who tore his ACL in the super bowl Travis Beckum, will run for the first time since having the surgery four months ago. Ballard may have been on the same course as Beckum, had he not also needed microfracture surgery.
Beckum hasn’t exactly panned out since being drafted by the Giants in 2009. The former third round pick has three touchdowns in his three NFL seasons. Last year, Beckum only had five catches for 93 yards during the regular season last year. In the postseason, Beckum had seven catches for 45 yards. This is a year where Beckum needs to start being more of a contributor if he’s healthy enough.
The Giants don’t exactly have Rob Gronkowski at tight end. The guy who’s probably their best tight end is Ballard and he’s not an option until 2013. Bear Pascoe is more of a blocker. Adrien Robinson is a rookie and very raw and Martellus Bennett has never been a full-time starter in the league and the coaches aren’t happy with his weight right now.
Even if Beckum has to start the season on the PUP list, that’s OK. He’s coming off of major knee surgery, so even if he has to miss the first six weeks to be healthy, the Giants can survive. Beckum needs to come back and produce more than he has, otherwise he may not be a Giant come 2013.