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Saturday, June 14, 2014
Tight end competition appears wide open

By Kieran Darcy

We've written this before, but it bears repeating -- the Giants currently have five tight ends on the roster with a grand total of six catches in the NFL last season.

That's a scary thought. But also, a golden opportunity for Adrien Robinson, Larry Donnell, Kellen Davis, Daniel Fells and Xavier Grimble.

Coach Tom Coughlin clearly hopes one of the younger players will emerge over the course of the summer and be ready to start come September. For the second straight week, when asked about the tight end situation Thursday, Coughlin immediately steered the conversation in that direction.

"What I do like," Coughlin said, "is the fact that the young guys have jumped in there and done, I think, a good job of understanding what’s been asked of them and really doing well in limiting their assignment errors."

Robinson, a fourth-round draft pick in 2012, continued to get some reps with the first unit during Thursday's OTA. He has looked good this spring, although he didn't make any flashy plays this Thursday.

But remember, Robinson has been active for just three games in his first two NFL seasons, and has yet to catch a pass.

Coughlin has also spoken highly in the past of Donnell, the 25-year-old undrafted free agent out of Grambling, who had three catches for 31 yards in limited action last season.

The Giants signed another undrafted free agent, Grimble, formerly of USC, last month.

But don't forget about the two six-year veterans the Giants picked up in the offseason, Davis and Fells. Both have gotten first-team reps during OTAs as well.

Davis played in 15 games for the Super Bowl champion Seahawks last season. He had just three catches for 32 yards, but caught 19 passes for 229 yards with the Bears the year before.

Fells did not play in the NFL last season, but played in 13 games for the Patriots the year before. He had just four catches for 85 yards that season, but caught 41 passes for 391 yards with the Rams back in 2010.

Coughlin had good things to say about Davis and Fells on Thursday, too.

"Both of these guys are sharp, both of these veterans," the coach said. "They know their way around on the field. Obviously they’ve been in systems before. We just like to take what they’ve done and the reason that we were attracted to them, expand that."

The Giants could still sign or acquire another player at the position. But as of now, these five will battle it out during next week's three-day minicamp, and then training camp starting in late July.

If any spot is up for grabs on the Giants, this is it.