Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Final report card: Tight ends
By Ohm Youngmisuk
We’re taking a look back and delivering our final grades for the 2010 season. We will be grading position by position and final season awards and accolades such as MVPs and Most Improved in the Giants blog over the next few weeks.
With their offensive line in flux most of the season due to injuries, the Giants didn’t pass a whole lot to their tight ends. Kevin Bosswas targeted 70 times and he finished with 35 catches for 531 yards and five touchdowns. However, Travis Beckum, the pass-catching tight end who sometimes was used to run wide receiver routes with all the injuries to the receivers, was never targeted more than twice in a game. Beckum had just 13 catches for 116 yards and two scores despite all the injuries Eli Manning’s receivers.
When utilized as part of the passing game, the Giants tight ends certainly had the ability to be downfield threats as Boss and Beckum combined for 10 plays of over 20 yards receiving.
Bear Pascoestarted the season as a backup tight end on the practice squad but emerged as the team’s fullback due to Madison Hedgecock’s hamstring injury. Pascoe started 10 games and became a real asset in the running game and one of the most pleasant surprises of the season.
2011 FORECAST: Boss’ contract is up and Manning surely would like to see his tight end return. We’d still like to see what Beckum can do with more balls thrown his way. Pascoe played well enough to be the starting fullback.
GM Jerry Reese could draft another tight end for depth and in case Boss doesn’t return.