The New York Giants are currently set to start the season with Adrien Robinson and Larry Donnell as their top two tight ends. That tandem has combined for zero starts, and doesn’t instill a lot of confidence. The Giants can’t realistically go into the season with those two atop the depth chart, and should sign Owen Daniels to assure that.
There are options for the Giants in the draft. In fact, several analysts expect tight end Eric Ebron to be a top target for the Giants in the first round. But Jerry Reese has never been a general manager who likes drafting based on need. Without signing a tight end, Reese is stuck filling the hole come draft night.
There is a reason Daniels is still available. He missed most of last season with a broken leg, and is already 31. But in 2012, he started 15 games with 716 receiving yards, six touchdowns and earned a Pro Bowl berth. And it’s not like Daniels has been extremely injury prone. In his eight-year career, he has started less than 14 games only three times. He’s also likely to be a relatively cheap option.
There are other options available at tight end, but no one who can fill that top receiving role like Daniels. Jermichael Finley is the closest, but he can’t pass a physical at the moment.
For the longest time, tight end hasn’t been a priority for the Giants. They’ve been able to fill the position with low-cost options for years. But last season that strategy blew up in the team’s face. They can’t afford to have the same problem this year. More importantly, they’re changing offensive systems, and are looking to implement the tight end into the passing game more.
The Giants don’t have a starting tight end on their roster. While there are options in the draft, they’re not a team that likes to fill immediate holes with rookies. With the few remaining options on the market, Owen Daniels seems like the best signing.