New York Giants: Bear Pascoe

So New York Giants safety Antrel Rolle watched the Super Bowl with his buddy, Packers tight end Jermichael Finley, and said Tuesday night that he's trying to convince Finley to join the Giants. Certainly, a peak-condition Finley would be a fun weapon for the Giants to add, but it's important to note Finley is coming off a severe neck injury and spinal fusion surgery and is no sure bet to be cleared by doctors to play again. He has said he expects to be cleared by his own doctors for contact in the coming weeks, but that doesn't mean the Packers, the Giants or any other team will pass him on a physical and sign him to a contract. So Finley remains a question mark, for the Giants and in general.

But with tight end Brandon Myers almost certain to be cut and not be missed, the Giants are looking for answers at that position. And if Finley does pass the medical tests, he'd potentially be a strong solution -- especially given his history with new Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo, who came from Green Bay. But why not take this opportunity to look at some other possibilities for the Giants at tight end? All it is is snow and ice out there, so it's not like we can go anywhere.

Free agency

Finley is but one of many intriguing candidates who fall in the talented-but-flawed category. Detroit's 6-foot-5, 265-pound Brandon Pettigrew is a former first-round pick who hasn't developed the way the Lions would have hoped and might could stand a change of scenery. Baltimore's Dennis Pitta, if the Ravens let him go, is coming off a major hip injury but is a reliable receiver with a Super Bowl ring. Guys like Fred Davis and Dustin Keller have had some success in the league but come with other question marks. And sorry, but there's no way the Saints are letting Jimmy Graham reach free agency. Cross him off your wish lists.

The draft

In 2002, the Giants used the No. 14 pick in the draft on talented, dynamic tight end Jeremy Shockey. And while we all remember the ugly end to Shockey's Giants career, he was a very good player for them for a while. Could they repeat themselves 14 years later and use the No. 12 pick in the draft on North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron? And if they don't, would they take someone like Texas Tech's Jace Amaro or Washington's huge Austin Seferian-Jenkins in the second? It would not be an out-of-character move for the Giants to try to find a dynamic weapon for Eli Manning with an early pick. He could certainly use a few.

The current roster

Bear Pascoe is a free agent himself and not the answer as a receiver. Larry Donnell's basically a special teamer. So the intriguing guy in the mix here is Adrien Robinson, the fourth-round pick in the 2012 draft who has participated in only three games in the first two years of his professional career. The Giants drafted Robinson as a project because they liked his size and talent, but they knew there was a risk he might never develop. Injuries kept him out of the lineup all through 2013 until the Week 16 game in Detroit, when he was active for the first time all year but injured himself on the opening kickoff and didn't play again. If the Giants have something in Robinson, there's been no way so far for them to find out. They obviously can't count on him as their starter going into 2014.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul did not participate in the portion of Thursday's practice that was open to the media. Assuming he doesn't participate in the remainder of the practice, this will be the second day of practice in a row Pierre-Paul misses due to the shoulder injury he suffered in Sunday's victory over the Raiders. Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Wednesday that he was optimistic about Pierre-Paul's availability for this Sunday's game against the Packers, but Pierre-Paul said later Wednesday that he wasn't so optimistic, and now it's safe to wonder whether the Giants will have him for the game.

Pierre-Paul hurt his shoulder one play after recording his second sack of the season Sunday. He has struggled for much of this season in his return from offseason back surgery, and while the rest of the defense has played well around him, he and the team have said they believed he was on the verge of a breakout. At 3-6 and facing a tough schedule, the Giants need as many of their talented players as possible on the field and playing their best. Losing Pierre-Paul, or having him play at less than 100 percent, would be a blow to their already slim postseason hopes.

The only other Giant not practicing Thursday morning was cornerback Corey Webster, though at this point it would only be news if he did practice. Webster has been dealing with groin and ankle injuries for two months and has only played small parts of two games since Week 2.

Running back Brandon Jacobs, cornerback Terrell Thomas and tight end Bear Pascoe, each of whom missed Wednesday's practice with their injuries, all seemed to be participating Thursday to at least some extent.

Giants injury report: Hynoski hurt again

September, 22, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- If the New York Giants' offense is going to recover from its latest low point, it's likely going to have to do so without one of its most important blockers. Fullback Henry Hynoski left Sunday's 38-0 loss to Carolina with what X-rays showed is a fractured left shoulder.

Hynoski said he would have more tests Monday and declined to speculate on a timetable for recovery and return, though it's hard to imagine he's back anytime soon.

"We'll see," Hynoski said after the game. "If there's any way I can, I'll be the guy who can do it at the earliest possible date."

Hynoski landed hard on his shoulder after making a 5-yard catch from Eli Manning on the fourth play of the game and did not return. He's a critical part of a Giants run game that has had a hard time getting going this year even with him. And if they had to play without him for a long period of time, it would be a severe blow to a team that's already struggling with its run blocking as well as its pass protection due to problems on the offensive line and the offseason losses of key blocking pieces such as Ahmad Bradshaw and Martellus Bennett.

Backup tight end Bear Pascoe would serve as fullback in Hynoski's absence for however long that is.

Safety Cooper Taylor also suffered a left shoulder injury and had his arm in a sling after the game.

Backup Aaron Ross did a good job filling in at cornerback for starter Corey Webster, who was ruled out of the game Saturday with a hip injury. It's unclear whether Webster will be able to practice this week or play Sunday in Kansas City.

Coach Pope likes what he sees from TEs

August, 3, 2013
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- For the third consecutive season, the Giants will have a new starting tight end.

Jake Ballard replaced Kevin Boss in 2011, and Martellus Bennett replaced Ballard in 2012. Now Brandon Myers, listed as the starter on the first unofficial depth chart of training camp, is the leading candidate to fill Bennett's shoes.

Myers spent his first four seasons with the Raiders after being drafted in the sixth round in 2009. Last year he had 79 catches for 806 yards and four touchdowns, before coming to New York as a free agent. Only three tight ends had more receptions in the NFL last season: Jason Witten (110), Tony Gonzalez (93) and Jimmy Graham (85).

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Jim O'Connor/USA TODAY SportsWill Adrien Robinson make strides in his second pro season?
Tight ends coach Mike Pope likes what he's seen from Myers thus far. "Coming here, you'd think, 'He's played in the NFL,' but he came in here with just the right attitude and gets mad at himself when he doesn't execute things the way he knows they should be done," Pope said.

Bear Pascoe is currently the second-stringer. He only has 26 catches in four NFL seasons (all with the Giants), and is also playing some fullback right now, due to Henry Hynoski's injury. But Pope said Pascoe is a key ingredient.

"He is the only guy here really who has playing time [in the system]," Pope said. "Because he's been through it, he can work with these young guys. He's a real valuable asset."

Adrien Robinson, the team's fourth-round draft pick in 2012, is listed as a third-stringer, along with rookie free agent Jamie Childers. Behind those two are Larry Donnell, who was on the Giants' practice squad last season, and rookie free agent Chase Clement.

Robinson in particular has looked good early in camp, and both head coach Tom Coughlin and Pope have brought up Donnell's name unprompted in the past few days. Pope said Robinson and Donnell will "absolutely" see action this season.

"We want to get Adrien on the field -- he's a terrific target and runs well," Pope said. "We’d like to see if Larry Donnell can make a contribution. Certainly size and talent-wise, he has that. But he missed all the spring and minicamps because of a broken foot, so he's virtually just starting right now."

Robinson and Donnell each had a catch during Saturday's practice. Myers had one, too. Clement had a drop, although the pass was thrown a little behind him by rookie QB Ryan Nassib.

It's still early, but you can expect Myers to have plenty of passes thrown his way this year. The question is, will any of these other young prospects emerge as a serious pass-catching threat?

On the other hand, this group might make an even bigger difference in the running game.

"I do think we have, size-wise, the biggest group I've ever worked with," Pope said. "These guys are 278, 280, 282 [pounds], and they can run fairly well. We haven't had that around here since I've been here -- that's since 1982.

"That should add to our running game on the edge, and should enable us to block some of these defensive ends and some of these outside linebackers that are in this league now. Hopefully, with the quickness and speed of our running backs, that can be a huge contribution."

Practice report: The first look

July, 27, 2013
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Giants hit the practice field for the first time on Saturday in front of a nice crowd at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Here's some of the highlights from the first day of action, including a look at the first team units.

OFFENSE: David Diehl took first team reps at right tackle on Saturday, while first-round draft pick Justin Pugh worked with the second unit. With Chris Snee starting on the the physically unable to perform list, James Brewer filled in as the right guard. Brandon Myers started as the tight end, and David Wilson served as the running back. Bear Pascoe was used as the fullback, as regular starter Henry Hynoski is on the PUP list.

LINEBACKER: Linebacker will be one of the biggest position battles this summer, as the team doesn't have anyone penciled into a job. Keith Rivers, Spencer Paysinger and Mark Herzlich served as the first team unit on Saturday, with Herzlich in the middle. Aaron Curry, Jacquian Williams and Dan Connor were the second team.

DEFENSIVE LINE: At defensive tackle, another position sure to be hotly contested, Cullen Jenkins, the team's biggest offseason acquisition, started alongside Linval Joseph. Rookie Johnathan Hankins and veteran Shaun Rogers were the second string defensive tackles. At end, Justin Tuck and Mathias Kiwanuka were the starters, while rookie Damontre Moore and Adrian Tracy were the backups.

SECONDARY: Corey Webster and Prince Amukamara were on the outside, while Antrel Rolle and Stevie Brown started at safety. Ryan Mundy and Tyler Sash were the second string safeties, while Will Hill, who will miss the first four games, has slipped down the chart. It appeared Trumaine McBride has passed last year's third-round pick Jayron Hosley on the cornerback depth chart.

PUNT RETURN: Receiver Rueben Randle got the first crack at punt returns, followed by Jerrel Jernigan. David Wilson also took some reps, but that's likely just in case the team needs him.

FLASHES: Hakeem Nicks ran his routes well and caught some passes. ... Rookie quarterback Ryan Nassib looked comfortable executing rollouts. ... Amukamara had a nice interception against Manning on an overthrown ball intended for Randle. ... Paysinger made a nice play to knock the ball out of Myers' hands on a short pass. ... Rookie running back Michael Cox flashed some nice moves. ... Manning looked sharp running the two-minute drill. ... Ramses Barden made several catches.

Giants sign FB Ryan D'Imperio

July, 26, 2013
With Henry Hynoski recovering from offseason knee surgery, the Giants signed fullback Ryan D'Imperio on Friday.

The team announced it waived kicker David Buehler. Hynoski has said he hopes to be ready for the season opener. He had surgery to repair his medial collateral ligament and a chip fracture to the lateral plateau in late May. TE Bear Pascoe is expected to see snaps at fullback in camp.

D'Imperio, who went to Rutgers, appeared in two preseason games in 2012 with the Chiefs but did not play during the regular season. He was waived this past May.

D'Imperio, who played at Washington Township High School in Sewell, N.J., was drafted in the seventh round in 2010 by Minnesota and spent his rookie season on the practice squad. He played in 12 games in 2011 with a start at New Orleans.

Buehler was signed this offseason to help the Giants with kickoff duties and compete with Josh Brown.

Camp preview: Tight end

July, 18, 2013
Brandon Myers, Bear Pascoe and Chase ClementJim O'Connor/USA TODAY SportsBrandon Myers (far l.) and Chase Clement (far r.) join Bear Pascoe among the Giants' tight ends.
As training camp approaches, we're counting down to camp by taking a look at the Giants, position by position.

Position: Tight end.

Projected starters: Bear Pascoe, Brandon Myers.

Projected reserves: Adrien Robinson.

New faces: Myers, Chase Clement, Jamie Childers.

The departed: Martellus Bennett.

Player to watch: Myers. The Giants lost a lot of potential and talent in Bennett but they replaced him with a tight end that had 79 receptions for 806 yards in Oakland last year. While he likely will not see as many targets with Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz on the field, Myers gives Manning another weapon that defenses will need to account for. The question is whether Myers can block enough to stay on the field.

Potential strength: Manning needs a pass-catching tight end when defenses try to take Nicks and Cruz away. Tight ends have sometimes come up big for Manning over the years on third downs, on fourth-quarter comeback drives and in the red zone. The Giants have versatility in their tight ends. Pascoe, who excels as a hybrid tight end/fullback, will see more snaps in the backfield filling in for the injured Henry Hynoski. Myers has the potential to be one of Manning’s best pass-catching tight ends. Robinson’s potential is intriguing and his size could be an asset in the red zone if he continues to develop. The Giants also like Larry Donnell and Clement, who has drawn very early comparisons to Jake Ballard and could be a practice squad candidate.

Potential weakness: Myers is the fourth starting tight end Manning will have had in as many seasons. Even though Bennett had 55 receptions last year in his one and only season with Manning, the quarterback and tight end often were not on the same page when it came to their timing and routes. Now Manning has to develop a new chemistry and rapport with Myers and potentially the young and inexperienced Robinson.

Wild card: Robinson. He’s a huge target for Manning and that was on display at times during red zone drills in OTAs and minicamp this offseason. Jerry Reese has raved about his potential and nobody has forgotten the “JPP of tight ends” label. Robinson might have an opportunity to show what he can do in camp with Pascoe playing more fullback.

Tell us what you think of the tight ends entering camp.

Coach talk: Pope on tight ends

June, 17, 2013
Now that the Giants are off until training camp, we're taking a look at what the coaches are saying about how their positions looked this offseason in OTAs.

Today, we start with what coach Mike Pope thinks about the tight ends.

The JPP of tight ends: The tight end people are most curious about is Adrien Robinson, the "JPP of tight ends." Robinson has been a project, but Pope likes what he has seen this offseason.

"Adrien Robinson appears to have gone into the land of the believers," Pope said recently. "And yes he has been making some good progress. He is doing a lot of the assignment things correctly. Now we have to get him to adjust to the way the defense is playing on each particular play and to make the best decisions based on how the defense is playing. But he is running well and he has his weight down some.

"The quarterback is starting to find him," Pope continued. "He is hard to miss –- he is the tallest tree in the forest out there. So he is a good target. But we are more than mildly pleased with the progress that he has made from an assignment standpoint."

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Jim O'Connor/USA TODAY SportsThe Giants are hoping for big things from free-agent acquisition Brandon Myers.
Bear at FB: With Henry Hynoski recovering from surgery, Bear Pascoe has filled in at fullback. So Robinson could get more opportunities to play with and behind Brandon Myers.

"When we can put Bear in (at fullback) with one of these other guys, now we can do a lot more things as far as open formations," Pope said. "A little more difficult for the defense to predict where they can’t just key on one of those guys and say the ball is going there. So that helps us."

Vertical threat: Pope is eager to see what Myers will do in training camp. He believes the former Raiders tight end could be an option in the vertical game. Myers, who had 79 receptions for 806 yards and four touchdowns last season, was signed to replace Martellus Bennett.

"I think at the Raiders he was more of an intermediate receiver," Pope said. "And now our passing game does allow the tight end to get more vertically down the field -– flag routes, double seam routes, post routes. And he appears to have the skills to get those balls. He has a little bit of a jet that can accelerate and go get a ball that is a little deeper. You may not think he is going to reach it, but he has that little bit. So we are very interested to see him in pads."

A new Ballard: Pope is also eager to see what Chase Clement, a 6-foot-5 rookie from LSU, can do in camp.

"When I first looked at him, I had visions of Jake Ballard," Pope said. "Just because he was a good blocker on the goal line. They seldom ever threw him the ball. But when the ball was snapped, he had kind of that tough-guy mentality -– old school."

"He is not going to be an all-world receiver way down the field," Pope added. "But as far as being explosive and flexible, and he has pretty good football savvy. There was a little concern about a back injury. We got that looked at and there doesn’t appear to be a problem."

How do you feel about the Giants' tight ends and what Pope had to say?

Bear Pascoe, most valuable Giant?

May, 31, 2013

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The headline may be a bit of a stretch, but Bear Pascoe is once again proving to be one of the most useful, and underrated, players on the Giants.

Pascoe's natural position is tight end, but with the knee injury to fullback Henry Hynoski suffered last week at the team's first OTA of the offseason, Pascoe has now stepped into Hynoski's spot.

"We’re very confident that Bear, no matter what role we place him in, he does an outstanding job," coach Tom Coughlin said Thursday. "Bear has had opportunities to play in that slot, B tight end, Y tight end, and he’s always done a nice job. So he’s a guy that’ll learn it, and he’ll be very much into what’s happening."

"It’s a bit of a challenge," Pascoe said, of playing different positions. "But this is something that I’ve done since my second year here with the Giants. It just allows me to be on the field a little more, and wherever they need me to be. I’m just glad I can step in and keep our offense going and hopefully not missing a beat."

The 27-year-old will be entering his fifth season with the Giants, after being drafted by the 49ers in the sixth round in 2009 out of Fresno State and subsequently waived.

He has played in 46 of 48 regular season games the past three years. Last season he had only four receptions for 35 yards, but that included a touchdown catch against the Eagles in Week 4. In 2011, he had 12 receptions for 136 yards in the regular season, plus a six-yard touchdown catch in the NFC Championship Game against the 49ers, and four receptions for 33 yards in Super Bowl XLVI.

Hynoski is aiming to be back by the Giants' regular season opener on Sept. 8. And Coughlin didn't rule out the possibility of bringing in another fullback at some point this summer. "If there’s a qualified guy, we would consider it," the coach said.

But at least for now, Pascoe will have an increased role on the field. He hopes it leads to more opportunities once the regular season gets under way, but that's not his primary goal.

"This is kind of what I do. This is my role," Pascoe said. "The more I can do, the better it is for the team. It’s one of the reason I’ve been here for five years, is I have versatility.

"I want to be that No. 1 guy and stuff, but I’m here to help win games. It’s whatever I need to do to help us win games."

Hynoski will have knee surgery

May, 23, 2013
Henry Hynoski will have surgery Friday to repair a knee injury he suffered during Wednesday's OTA, but he hopes to be back for the regular-season opener.

The Giants said an MRI revealed an injury to Hynoski's MCL and a chip fracture to the lateral plateau. Fortunately he did not suffer a season-ending injury, and the fullback hopes to be ready on Sept. 8 at Dallas.

“I am going to set my mind to being ready for the first game of the regular season,” Hynoski said, in a statement released by the team. “They said that is not an unrealistic goal, and I will do everything in my power to be ready for the start of the season.”

The Giants may be able to get by through training camp with tight end Bear Pascoe playing some fullback. The team also could sign a fullback to play until Hynoski is ready.

The 6-1, 266-pound Hynoski has become an integral part of the Giants' running game. Both Hynoski and Pascoe are key pieces because of their blocking.

To give you an idea of how much the coaching staff thinks of Hynoski, coach Tom Coughlin said he was praying that Hynoski would be OK after the fullback went down on Wednesday.

Tight end Brandon Myers may be called on to do more blocking as well in the meantime. The good news is Hynoski didn't suffer a more devastating injury.

Draft positional preview: Tight end

April, 18, 2013
SimsRick Scuteri/AP ImagesDion Sims says he's the best tight end in the draft. Will the Giants take a flyer on him?
This is the fourth installment in a position-by-position analysis of the Giants as they prepare for the draft:

Position: Tight end.

Depth chart: Brandon Myers, Bear Pascoe, Adrien Robinson, Larry Donnell, Jamie Childers.

The departed: Martellus Bennett (Chicago), Travis Beckum (free agent).

Scouting report: The Giants wanted to re-sign Bennett but he signed with the Bears in free agency. The Giants now have to replace Bennett’s 55 receptions for 626 yards and five touchdowns and it’s possible Myers could surpass those numbers if the Giants utilize their newly-acquired pass-catching tight end more in the passing game. Myers had 79 receptions for 806 yards and four touchdowns last year with the Raiders.

Myers, though, will have to be able to block to stay on the field for multiple plays and Eli Manning will certainly be looking often to one of the best receiving tandems in the league in Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz. Still, if Myers can provide a consistent receiving threat, Manning can use Myers and wide receiver Rueben Randle as a third receiving option.

Pascoe returns as the blocking tight end/H-back the Giants like to use in multiple packages. Robinson’s potential is intriguing but the developmental project needs to show he is ready for snaps in training camp. The Giants also like Donnell’s potential.

The last time: The Giants drafted Robinson in the fourth round in 2012.

Potential targets: Signing Myers makes it unlikely that the Giants will think about a tight end early in the draft. Besides, the Giants do not seem to value the tight end position enough to use a first or second-round pick. However, the Giants have had a revolving door at the position with Myers set to be the fourth starting tight end in as many years.

Notre Dame’s Tyler Eifert and Stanford’s Zach Ertz are the two top rated tight ends in the draft. But those two are expected to go in the first two rounds. The Giants instead could opt to look at tight end later in the draft.

Michigan State’s Dion Sims spoke with the Giants at the scouting combine in February and a source said the Giants were intrigued by the 6-4 Sims, who displays some traits similar to Bennett.

“It went well,” Sims said at the combine about speaking with tight ends coach Mike Pope and the Giants. “I definitely can [fit] into the Giants offense. Their offense is kind of similar to what we ran at Michigan State. They rely on their tight ends to do a lot of blocking and running routes too.”

Sims, who has a basketball background, has soft hands and a big body and can go after a pass.

“I’m the best blocking tight end, I’m the best receiving tight end, I’m the best all-around tight end,” Sims said at the combine. “It’s just all stats, those guys [considered to be the top tight ends in the draft] got a lot of stats and they get the ball [numerous] times a game. I just have to prove that I can be a down-the-field threat.”

Pope reportedly took a closer look at Colorado’s 6-foot-5 Nick Kasa recently and Maryland’s Matt Furstenburg has also been a name that reportedly is on the Giants’ radar.

Need rating (scale of 1 to 10): 5.

Do you think the Giants need to draft a tight end in the draft?

Positional analysis: Tight end

February, 7, 2013
We’ve been taking a look toward 2013 with a position-by-position breakdown of the Giants leading into the scouting combine and free agency.

So far, we have analyzed quarterback, running back and wide receiver. Today is tight end.


2012 depth chart:
Martellus Bennett, Bear Pascoe, Travis Beckum, Adrien Robinson.

Overview: The Giants pretty much went with two tight ends for the entire season with Bennett and Pascoe. Bennett was pretty much everything the Giants hoped for. He showed his vast potential and athleticism on the receiving side with a career-high 55 receptions for 626 yards and five touchdowns. And the Giants probably could have utilized him more in the passing game. His blocking was good, although the coaches say it can improve. Pascoe provided blocking on the line and from his H-back type of role. Beckum spent most of the season recovering from a torn ACL suffered in the Super Bowl and returned briefly before hurting his knee and landing on IR again. Robinson remains a project to be developed.

Free agents: Bennett, Beckum.

2013 personnel preview: The Giants want Bennett back. He should only get better with another season under his belt in the Giants offense with Eli Manning. Pascoe remains a valuable contributor in the blocking game and the Giants like his versatility. Robinson spent his rookie season learning. We’ll have to see if he is ready for some playing time or at least to be active on game day. The Giants have Larry Donnell, another developmental tight end, on the roster.

Salary cap situation: The Giants hope to re-sign Bennett. If they are unable to re-sign Bennett, the Giants will likely have to search for another tight end. Bennett should be one of the Giants' priorities among their own free agents. Pascoe, who was going to be a restricted free agent, recently re-signed with the team.

Tell us what you think of the Giants’ tight ends going into 2013.

Giants '13 free agent list

January, 1, 2013
Happy New Year! It's 2013 and the New York Giants can officially start looking forward to this upcoming season.

GM Jerry Reese believes the Giants still have a championship contending core but he also promises that the roster will look slightly different next season.

Here is the unofficial Giants' unrestricted/restricted/exclusive rights free agent list:


T Will Beatty -- Hard to find starting left tackles. Might be most important Giants free agent.
DE Osi Umenyiora -- Won't rule out return but sounds ready to move on.
G Kevin Boothe -- Versatile and solid. Giants should bring him back.
TE Martellus Bennett -- Should only get better but will another team offer more money?
S Kenny Phillips -- Would like to see him back but for right price.
LB Chase Blackburn -- Solid vet is an asset but is NYG ready to go with Mark Herzlich?
LB Keith Rivers -- When healthy, showed glimpses of speed and athleticism.
K Lawrence Tynes -- Best NFL kicker until shaky finish. Should still be re-signed.
DT Rocky Bernard -- Cheap and reliable but Marvin Austin needs snaps.
WR Domenik Hixon -- Solid veteran provides depth and a punt returner.
WR Ramses Barden -- Shined in start vs. CAR but didn't get many other opportunities.
QB David Carr -- Knows system and works well with Eli.
TE Travis Beckum -- Injuries hampered Giants career.
T Sean Locklear -- Great until suffering ugly knee injury.
CB Justin Tryon -- Invite to camp?
RB Kregg Lumpkin -- Saw some third-down duties.
DT Shaun Rogers -- Blood clot kept him out of '12.
CB Brian Witherspoon -- Has to come back from another ACL tear.


WR Victor Cruz -- Time to pay the salsa.
S Stevie Brown -- The surprise of 2012 could be starting safety next season.
RB Andre Brown -- On the mend after broken leg derailed best season.
TE Bear Pascoe -- Versatile and needed for blocking.
RB Ryan Torain -- Didn't play much.


DE Adrian Tracy -- 'Yosi' (Young Osi) might see bigger role.
C Jim Cordle -- Good for depth/special teams.
DE Justin Trattou -- Giants like his potential.

Tell us what you want to see happen with the Giants' free agents below.

Beckum status still undecided

November, 2, 2012
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Tight end Travis Beckum practiced all week but there is no update on his status, according to Giants head coach Tom Coughlin. The tight end is on the PUP List after tearing his ACL in the Super Bowl, and is in the second week of a three-week period in which the team has to decide whether to activate him.

“I’m just waiting,” Beckum said.

Beckum had to sit out the first six weeks before a three-week window began for him to start practicing. Once he did, the team had another three-week window to decide if they want to activate him. If they choose not to, the Giants would then put him on IR or release the fourth-year tight end.

The tight end said his knee feels great and isn’t sure if Bear Pascoe being questionable for the game with an ankle sprain affects him for Sunday. The Giants currently have three tight ends on the roster -- Pascoe, starter Martellus Bennett and rookie Adrien Robinson. Beckum has 26 career catches for 264 yards and three touchdowns.

“It’s been good (working back),” Beckum said. “The week before last week, I conditioned the whole week and then I practiced last week and this week.”

Injury report: Bradshaw questionable

November, 2, 2012
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) did not practice Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game. The veteran has been on a once-a-week practice schedule and had his lone day of work this week on Thursday.

Safety Antrel Rolle (concussion) is probable for the game after a full practice Friday. Rolle left last Sunday’s game after attempting to make a hit on Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant. He has started at free safety in all eight games thus far this season.

The Giants secondary should get a boost this weekend from strong safety Kenny Phillips (knee). Phillips is questionable but said he will play. The safety missed the past four games with a knee sprain he suffered against Philadelphia on Sept. 30. He practiced all week, including a limited workout on Friday.

Keith Rivers is doubtful with a calf injury he suffered in the fourth quarter against Dallas. The linebacker has struggled through several injuries this season that have limited his time on the field. When asked about playing Sunday, Rivers said, “we’ll see what happens.” He had a limited practice Friday.

“Calf isn’t too bad. I’ve been able to practice here and there. Feeling alright,” Rivers said. “I know it’s not 100 percent but it’s getting there.”

Tight end Bear Pascoe is questionable for the game despite suffering an ankle sprain against the Cowboys. He missed Wednesday and Thursday’s practice but was able to get out there Friday. He said his ankle feels a lot better than it did a week ago, and described it as a low-high ankle sprain.

“I’m very optimistic,” Pascoe said. “It would be great if I can. But it’s coach (Tom) Coughlin’s decision and Ronnie (Barnes) decision. So we’ll see how it feels on game day.”

Linebackers Chase Blackburn (hamstring) and Jacquian Williams (knee) are the only two Giants that have been ruled out. Mark Herzlich will start in Blackburn’s place. Williams is going to miss his third straight game since suffering the injury against San Francisco on Oct. 14.

Defensive tackle Rocky Bernard (quad), who has missed the past four games, is probable.

LB Chase Blackburn (hamstring)
LB Jacquian Williams (knee)

LB Keith Rivers (calf)/(limited)

RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot)/(dnp)
TE Bear Pascoe (ankle)/(limited)
S Kenny Phillips (knee)/(limited)

C David Baas (ankle/elbow)/(full)
DT Rocky Bernard (quad)/(full)
WR Victor Cruz (calf)/(full)
S Antrel Rolle (concussion)/(full)


OT Marcus Gilbert (ankle)/(dnp)
S Troy Polamalu (calf)/(dnp)
LB Stevenson Sylvester (hamstring)/(dnp)

RB Jonathan Dwyer (quad)/(dnp)
RB Rashard Mendenhall (Achilles)/(dnp)

RB Baron Batch (shin)/(full)
S Ryan Clark (concussion)/(full)
LB Brandon Johnson (hamstring)/(full)
RB Isaac Redman (ankle)/(full)
LB LaMarr Woodley (hamstring)/(full)