It’s not as if they’re not making plays. Every day it seems Donnell, Tye and even Matt LaCosse are catching balls with the first-team offense. But with the reps split between the three, there haven’t been many days with dominant tight end performances.
It served as a reminder that the Giants may have their deepest group of tight ends in recent years. Donnell, Tye and LaCosse have all looked good as receivers this summer. They have looked serviceable as blockers, the story said.. Donnell is trying to get back to full speed. He fractured his neck last season and the Giants thought he was playing a little slow in the spring. He’s been playing faster this summer, and he was moving well on Tuesday. The story added the Giants are adapting and using many two-TE sets in practice as well as moving around their TEs. Tye has even lined up as a WR.
Will Tye had a strong finish to 2015 with three touchdowns in his final four games. He also knows the offense, which might give him a leg up on rookie Evan Engram, at least early in the season. Tye has a worker’s mentality and fights hard to get off the line and find soft spots in the defense. He has above-average hands for his position and is a good route runner.
Tye failed to assert himself last year, despite having every opportunity to seize the starting role and run with it. He wound up with only 395 yards and 1 touchdown, despite the Giants desperately needing a TE on the roster to step up. This year, he’ll be vying with rookie first-rounder Evan Engram, who was an accomplished receiver in college and should be a playmaker at the next level. The addition of Brandon Marshall on the outside further limits the targets that Tye will have coming his way.
2017 Bottom Line
Tye was supposed to be a value pick last year, but he failed to meet expectations as a viable fantasy TE. With Engram the future at the position, it’s unlikely Tye makes a difference this year, and fantasy owners should leave him on waivers to start the season.