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Thursday, July 18, 2013
Camp preview: Tight end

By Ohm Youngmisuk

Brandon Myers, Bear Pascoe and Chase Clement
Brandon 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.