John Fennelly, Lead Writer
The Giants will be targeting several TEs in free agency this week and beyond. We already know they’re interested in Green Bay’s Andrew Quarless. They also have Detroit’s Brandon Pettigrew and the Ravens’ Ed Dickson on their list.
Ralph Vacchiano had this to say about Pettigrew earlier today:
He is a “viable option” for the Giants, according to an NFL source, who confirmed that the team does have some interest in the Lions tight end…Pettigrew, a 29-year-old former first-round pick (2009), figures to be one of the more expensive options on the market. He caught 41 passes for 416 yards and two touchdowns in 14 games last season in a down year, but as recently as 2011 he had caught 83 passes for 777 yards. So he certainly has the receiving pedigree and he’s known as an excellent blocker.
Rotoworld on Dickson:
Dickson is moving on from Baltimore, while the Giants appear to be kicking the tires on most free agent tight ends. Dickson had an opportunity to break out in Dennis Pitta’s absence last season, but instead struggled mightily, catching only 25 passes. He’s not a No. 1 tight end.
Not sure either of these two can bring what Quarless could to the offense. Knowing the Lions as well as I do, I’m not sold on Pettigrew, even though his numbers aren’t bad. He’s not the red zone threat he was projected to be coming out of Oklahoma State.
Dickson is a backup TE. The Giants won’t have a lot company if they’re intending on pursuing him.