Projected starters: Bear Pascoe, Brandon Myers.
Projected reserves: Adrien Robinson.
Who’s in: Brandon Myers, Chase Clement, Jamie Childers.
Who’s out: Martellus Bennett.
The Good: The Giants enter training camp with one of the more versatile tight end groups in the NFL. Sure, most of the names may be new, but that does not mean that they are lacking talent. Bear Pascoe, who plays the role of a hybrid tight end/fullback for the Giants will be back in the fold and is expected to see his share of snaps this season. New addition Brandon Myers, who hauled in 79 passes for the Oakland Raiders last season, will be Manning’s best pass catching tight end, and have plenty of opportunities to excel in the Giants offense. Another intriguing player in the mix is Adrien Robinson, who the Giants drafted out of Cincinnati last season. Robinson’s biggest asset is his size – standing at 6′ 5″, Robinson has the potential to become a lethal red zone target for Eli Manning if he can continue to develop.
The Not so Good: The revolving door at tight end has to be concerning for the Giants. Kevin Boss and Martellus Bennett both left as free agents after strong years as targets for Eli Manning, and Jake Ballard got claimed by the Patriots on waivers last year even though they knew he’d miss the entire 2012 season as a result of a knee injury. Now Manning will be forced to develop chemistry with his 4th starting tight end in the last 3 seasons.
Player to watch: Brandon Myers. Myers can catch the football, something he proved last year after grabbing 79 receptions for 806 yards in Oakland. Myers will give Eli another nice weapon in the receiving corps, but needs to prove he can block effectively enough to stay on the field for long stretches.