The Giants have been active in free agency in their quest to bounce back from a 7-9 season in 2013.
However, one position they haven’t bolstered is tight end. Brandon Myers, their top pass catcher at tight end a season ago, departed for the Buccaneers in free agency. Also, top reserve Bear Pascoe remains unsigned.
Speaking at Wednesday’s NFL meetings in Orlando, Giants coach Tom Coughlin called the tight end position a “question mark” at the moment, Tom Rock of Newsday reported.
That seems an apt description. At present, the Giants have just three tight ends on the roster: Adrien Robinson, Larry Donnell and Daniel Fells.
Robinson, a 2012 fourth-round pick, has appeared in just three regular season games with New York and hasn’t caught a pass, and he dealt with foot and knee injuries in 2013. The 30-year-old Fells has the longest NFL track record, but he’s not a major pass catching threat.
Donnell, an 2012 undrafted free agent from Grambling, played in 107 snaps for the Giants in 2013, according to Pro Football Focus. He played all 16 games, catching three passes for 31 yards.
In short, the Giants probably need to add at the position, whether later in free agency or the draft. Moreover, there is ample opportunity for the tight ends on the roster to show what they can do. The play of Robinson — the only Giants draft pick of the group — could be especially key.