Jerry Reese: 'Tight end by committee'

June, 23, 2014
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New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese went on WFAN radio in New York on Monday and was asked about several things, including who the heck the starting tight end is right now. His answer? He doesn't know. Per long-time listener, first-time caller Conor Orr:
"I think the jury is still out on who the No. 1 tight end is, I think it'll probably be tight end by committee," he said on WFAN this afternoon. "But there are some really good tight ends, some athletic, big guys who can run and catch the ball.

"Adrien Robinson and Larry Donnell are a couple of young guys who have been on the squad for a couple of years, but have had some injury stuff going on with them. We expect them to be healthy and to be able to pick up the slack here."

He later said that a Robinson/Donnell duo has a chance to be "dynamic if we can get them going," which I guess is true, but feels like a long shot. Reese either believes this or is trying to let it be known publicly that he considers himself set at tight end in case he ends up in a contract negotiation with someone like Jermichael Finley before this is all over.

I still don't think they go get Finley or Dustin Keller, though I've obviously been wrong before. The Giants' pattern in recent years has been to patch it together at tight end and get average production out of the position while relying more on their wide receivers. If that's the strategy, I don't see anything wrong with or uncharacteristic about giving the young guys they've been developing a shot. The concern would be the ability of these guys to stay healthy, and the possibility that they could end up having to go further down the depth chart if Robinson gets hurt again.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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