The New York Giants have had a very busy off season in an effort to help solidify aspects of the team that were severely lacking during last season’s disappointing 7-9 campaign, one in which Big Blue started 0-6.
General Manager Jerry Reese has been very active in free agency, in fact it may be the most active off season I can remember the Giants having in reagrds to bringing in free agents. He has landed four offensive linemen, including for mer San Fransisco 49er Geoff Shwartz to strengthen their offensive line, which was porous a year ago, four players in the secondary, including Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Walter Thurmond, in an effort to improve coverage, a glaring weakness on this team for many years.
In the first three rounds of the draft Rees has continued the trend of trying to improve problem areas for the Giants, taking playmaking Wide Receiver Odell Beckham in the first round, a player who will hopefully help fill the void left by Hakeem Nick’s departure, center Weston Richburg, and defensive tackle Jay Bromley. All players who, if all goes to plan, will help bolster positions that the Giants weer thin last year.
However, it seems that Reese is neglecting another area of need on this team. Tight End.
Most Giants fans would agree that Eli Manning has been at his best during his career when he has a solid tight end to outlet the ball to, yet, as of now, the Giants have yet to bring in tight end that could provide Manning with the middle of the field, large body target that he has thrived with in the past.
It is fair to say that the Giants have not run an offense built around a tight end during Manning’s tenure and have never had a ‘superstar’ tight end paired with Eli (I exclude Jeremy Shockey from this statement, because Eli and Shockey were never on the same page), so I understand why Reese would not want to invest big money on a tight end in free agency, and why he didn’t reach to select one in the draft yet (if Eric Ebron had fallen to the 12th pick I think Reese would have taken him), but I think it is time for Reese to bring in a tight end to work with Manning.
Eli has been productive throwing to the likes of Kevin Boss, Jake Ballard and Martelllus Bennett, but last year the he and Brandon Myers never got a rhythm, and it was a contributing factor to the Giants offensive struggles.
I think it would be wise for Reese to bring in a reliable pass catcher at the tight end position at some point today.