By Daniel Brennan on June 15, 2014
The New York Giants have a couple of positional battles taking place already and the most up-in-the-air race may be the starting tight end competition. Last year's starter Brandon Myers was a disaster because of his blocking inabilities. Now, the Giants are left with an unproven bunch looking for an opportunity to show off their worth. Here are the five candidates for the role of starting tight end.
The Giants picked up Xavier Grimble, out of USC, as an undrafted free agent this offseason. Grimble was a two-time honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection with the Trojans and he has great size at 6-foot-5, 250 pounds. Like all young guys, Grimble is a work-in-progress, but he has the intangibles to be a player on the NFL stage. He is not a favorite to win this role, but anything is possible and Grimble could work his way into the rotation.
Daniel Fells is another tight end involved in the competition. He's played five seasons in the NFL, for three different teams. He has spent time with the Rams, Broncos and Patriots before being waived by the Pats late last summer. Fells has more experience than most of the guys in this race, but he won't be New York's tight end of the future. He might however, be retained on the team as a seasoned backup.
Larry Donnell was an undrafted rookie, out of Grambling State, for the Giants last season and saw very limited action. He recorded three catches for 31 yards in the second game of the season and they were his only receptions of 2013. Donnell is a player New York's coaching staff seems to like and he is definitely in the mix right now for the starting role.
The Giants picked up Kellen Davis this offseason because of his blocking abilities. However, in his six-year career, Davis has just 50 total receptions. Davis spent five of those years with the Chicago Bears before spending last season with the Seahawks. Davis should definitely see some time at tight end this season but it may not be in the starting spot. His blocking should help defend against the pass rush and pave the way in the rushing game.
Dubbed the "JPP of tight ends" by general manager Jerry Reese, fourth-rounder Adrien Robinson had a lot to live up to when he entered the NFL in 2012. Injuries have kept Robinson from the field during his first two seasons but he has now been handed a golden opportunity. The Giants would absolutely love to see Robinson secure a firm grip on the starting spot and prove that he can block and be a legitimate threat in the passing game.
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