Remember, Decker has mostly worked in the slot this year. That is Kerley's area of specialty.
Devin Smith will do some things in this game, but it's his NFL debut. Hard to expect a lot out of him. And I don't think the Jets' coaches really are. In terms of the tight ends, the Jets lost a potentially big asset when Jace Amaro suffered that season-ending shoulder injury. Jeff Cumberland just isn't a great receiving threat.
Todd Bowles mentioned Thursday that he's asked Cumberland and blocking tight end Kellen Davis "to do a lot of blocking thus far." With Brandon Marshall and Decker catching passes, the Jets haven't needed Cumberland in the passing game. That could definitely change this week, but I don't think you'll see a lot of targets for him.
It looks like Kerley will benefit the most if Decker misses the game, and it looks like a good matchup on paper, but the Eagles defense hasn't been horrible the first couple weeks. Still, Kerley would be a bit of a risky play, but perhaps a better choice than Smith who looks like he'll make his debut but won't be a huge factor.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 8:15pm
The Giants are hoping that, as they hit the season opener with TEs Daniel Fells, Larry Donnell and Adrien Robinson in a platoon situation, each one got better after a preseason that forced all of them to compete for reps. The team abandoned the hope that one would surface as the ideal all-around candidate after a few weeks of training camp and opted for the "by committee" scenario that tight ends coach Kevin M. Gilbride said would work, though it wouldn't be ideal.
But will it?
Asking Tom Coughlin yielded little in the way of answers. The team cut Kellen Davis over the weekend but could bring him back for his blocking. When the coach was asked if he was settled on a starter for the season-opener against the Lions, his answer was brief and didn't say much for the players he had.
Donnell led all TEs in receiving but his blocking was a major question. As we've said all along, this is a situation to stay away from until someone emerges...
Saturday, August 30, 2014, 9:36am
Davis, 28, was signed by the Giants this offseason after spending last year with the Seattle Seahawks. He was a key figure this summer in an open competition with the Giants that included Robinson, Daniel Fells and Larry Donnell.
There really doesn't appear to be a TE1 at the time for the Giants and there was talk it would be more of a committee. The offense is still a bit of a mess, so until one emerges offensively, stay away from this situation.
Monday, August 25, 2014, 6:43pm
It has reached the point where the Giants conceded they don't have a true No. 1 tight end, only four limited players (if they keep all four on the final roster) with specific skill sets they plan to use accordingly.
"That is not necessarily what the plan was [entering training camp]," coach Tom Coughlin said. "But the plan has evolved to that, where people can be utilized for their skills in different ways."
It's an ugly fantasy situation and one to stay away from, at least until someone can emerge. But the entire passing game seem to have a ways to go first. The story said Adrien Robinson and Larry Donnell are presumably around for the long haul of 2014. Veterans Daniel Fells and Kellen Davis are also in the mix. Every day, the order they take the field seems to change.
Monday, August 4, 2014, 10:06am
The Giants’ search for a new tight end continues.
On Sunday night, Larry Donnell got the start against the Bills, which made sense given the praise he has garnered in training camp. But Donnell didn’t do anything worthy of praise in the Hall of Fame game. The good news is that none of the other tight ends did, either.
Targeted twice, Donnell caught one pass for 13 yards. Daniel Fells caught one for 10. And they’re the only two tight ends who actually got in the game.
Monday, July 28, 2014, 5:54pm
The crux of the Giants tight end problem, with six weeks until the regular season begins, continues to be this: Their new offense wants to rely on the tight end to a significant extent, but it still doesn't really have a tight end on which it can rely.
"Right now, we're looking for that complete tight end who can do it all," Giants tight ends coach Kevin M. Gilbride said Monday. "But we also need guys who are role players -- guys who can be specialists in certain areas. If he's best at executing a certain block, he's going to have the opportunity to make that block in the game. If he's best at running a certain route, he's going to have the opportunity to run that route in a game. So you need to have that all-around tight end, and then you also need to have specialists, guys who are great at a particular role."
Sunday, July 27, 2014, 9:48am
According to multiple people within the Giants organization who requested anonymity in order to speak freely on the matter, the Giants have informed their tight ends that there is a good possibility that a fullback won’t make the final 53-man roster — leaving all of those duties up to the tight ends. Though injuries, personnel shifts and observances in the preseason could change the team’s plans, they entered the year hoping to keep their best four tight ends and give themselves some options on cut-down day.
Imagining a Tom Coughlin team without a hard-nosed presence at fullback is difficult to do, though it’s more a reflection of the offensive evolution around the NFL. Some scouts around the league believe that the league will eventually retreat back into a run-heavy offenses that emphasize ball control, but for now, bolstering options in the passing game make the most sense.
Free agents Kellen Davis (Seahawks) and Daniel Fells (New England) along with Larry Donnell and Adrien Robinson have been asked to learn the new wrinkle. While it will likely give a job to one of these guys, none are expected to be fantasy worthy. However, it looks like the Giants will have a new look on offense running the ball.
Monday, June 9, 2014, 12:17pm
The Giants like their tight end to be a reliable run-blocker and an occasional helper in the passing game. Anyone who can fit that description has a chance to be on the field -- whether it's Adrien Robinson, Larry Donnell, Daniel Fells, Kellen Davis, whoever. I wouldn't touch any of them in fantasy football, and I wouldn't go into this season super-worried about whether the Giants have a tight end who can catch 70 passes. They don't want one. They don't think they need one. So whatever your expectations may be for Adrien Robinson this year, there's a pretty good chance the ones the Giants have are even lower. But they're also probably less worried about it than you are.
Friday, April 4, 2014, 1:25pm
Sunday, February 2, 2014, 5:45pm
Percy Harvin is active as expected and reportedly "100%."
Friday, December 6, 2013, 5:49pm
"I am (looking forward to having more weapons)," Marshall told ESPN Chicago's Sarah Spain while attending the ESPYs. "It was tough sledding last year. I think that's why I had to have the surgery. I had 2-3 guys on me every single play, but bringing in big boy Martellus, I don't think the league really knows how good he is."
We're skeptical that the self-proclaimed "Black Unicorn" is going to make a huge impact, but it's possible if new HC Marc Trestman makes him a big part of the offense. The top season by a TE in a Jay Cutler-led offense was Greg Olsen's 60-612-8 in 2009 and the four-year average from '07-'10 with Olsen and Tony Scheffler was 48-552-5.3, which equates to #18 TE numbers in our 2013 projections. Of course, that doesn't even count the 37 total catches in the last two seasons by Kellen Davis. The Bears should throw the ball more, which will certainly help.
Browns HC Rob Chudzinski and OC Norv Turner know tight ends, with Chud having played the position at the University of Miami and the two of them coaching Pro Bowlers Antonio Gates and Kellen Winslow. They've identified Jordan Cameron as their starter for 2013, with Kellen Davis and Gary Barnidge playing reserve roles. Expect Cameron to take a big step this year and have plenty of production in this tight-end friendly offense.
Nelson caught 61 passes for 658 yards and five TDs in 2011 before tearing his ACL in Week 1 in 2012. HC Rob Chudzinski's offense is TE-friendly, so if Nelson ends up getting some snaps at the "move" TE position, he will have some upside. Jordan Cameron and Kellen Davis currently sit atop the TE depth chart in Cleveland.
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