12 New York Giants Who Won't Return Next Season

This is a pivotal offseason for Brian Daboll and the New York Giants, and that means saying goodbye to a lot of familiar faces.

Jan 7, 2024; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26)
Jan 7, 2024; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) / Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
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10. Daniel Bellinger

When Darren Waller is healthy, you don't need your TE2 to be anything special. But "when he's healthy" has long been a caveat for Waller, who has played a full 16 games just twice in his eight-year NFL career.

And even if we're ignoring the need for a TE2 to be able to start when Waller is out, you still need them to be better than Daniel Bellinger.

After flashing some upside as a rookie, Bellinger had a really rough 2023 campaign. A quick surface-level glance at his stats might look good — 10.2 yards per catch, and 9.2 yards per target. Decent efficiency, right?

But when you factor in down-and-distance considerations, for example in Pro-Football-Reference's "success rate" metric, that disappears. Bellinger had only a 39.3% success rate.

Catching passes is only part of the equation for a tight end, but Bellinger wasn't good as a blocker either. PFF gave him a 56.9 run blocking and 45.4 pass blocking grade on the year.

A little rookie-season success from 2022 will certainly keep Bellinger in town until training camp, but being a late-offseason cut to save about $1 million in cap space could easily be in the cards if he loses a battle for the TE2 spot.