After Giants tight end coach Mike Pope had commented about Giants starting TE Travis Beckum physical limitations (6’3 234) and how he couldn’t be a three down player in the NFL. It would lead one to believe with that and the departure of last years starter Kevin Boss to the raiders, that the giants would try to claim someone of waivers to at the very least add depth. Five teams put in a claim for Patriots tight end Lee Smith, while three more put in claims for fellow New England tight end Will Yeatman. Smith went to Buffalo, while Miami was awarded Yeatman. So the weekend has passed and the Giants 53 man roster remains intact. The Giants currently have three tight ends on the roster, Travis Beckum, Bear Pascoe and Jake Ballard. Pascoe spent time at fullback last season but may see extended time at TE due to the presence of undrafted rookie free agent Henry Hynoski and Ballard was impressive in the preseason as a blocker and receiver against third team defenses. With the added loss of Pro Bowl slot receiver Steve Smith to the Eagles and no incumbent who can replace his production, it’s likely the Giants will return to a two TE set or an I formation, using Beckum in motion as a hybrid slot receiver. While there seems to be substantial losses to key positions the Giants front office seems content going into the season with young unproven commodities, and only time will tell if this was blind faith or calculated risk.

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