The New York Giants have added some depth to the tight end position by signing Kellen Davis. The move is not going to steal any major headlines but it is a solid acquisition and shows that the Giants don’t want a repeat of 2013.
Prior to last season, New York signed Brandon Myers, hoping that he would provide a more consistent target than his predecessor Martellus Bennett. Myers was coming off of a big 2012 season with the Oakland Raiders, where he caught 79 passes for 806 yards.
The swap for Bennett looked good on paper, however, the Giants didn’t realize Myers’ blocking (or lack thereof) would escalate into such a major issue. The offensive line was already hurting and Myers only made things worse, and, on top of that, his receiving numbers (47 catches, 552 yards) were simply not good enough to mask his blocking deficiencies.
The Giants are now going in a different direction by adding Kellen Davis, who is a block-first type of tight end. That may even be a bit of an understatement. After all, in his career, Davis has just 50 receptions. He spent last season with the Seattle Seahawks, where he caught just three passes.
However, Davis does have experience, which the Giants desperately needed. New York now has Davis as well as Adrien Robinson, Larry Donnell and Daniel Fells as their current tight ends.
The Giants could still draft a tight end if they want to bring in a playmaker and Eric Ebron has been a name thrown around a lot recently. He has what it takes to be legitimate threat in the passing game but the knock on him is his blocking (sound familiar?). At least New York now has a backup plan with Davis.