John Fennelly, Lead WriterAt the beginning of camp, the Giants’ plan at TE was to have one or two players emerge from the pack and take over the lion’s share of the load.
With two weeks to go before the Giants kick off the regular season in Detroit, no one has distinguished themselves, leaving head coach Tom Coughlin talking TE by committee as roster cuts near.
“That is not necessarily what the plan was,” said Coughlin. “But the plan has evolved to that, where people can be utilized for their skills in different ways…the expectations were that the two young guys would develop and grow and that the two veteran players would be stabilizers and do the things that they have done well.”
Translation: the Giants are leaning towards keeping four TEs. Larry Donnell and Adrien Robinson being the young guys and Kellen Davis and Daniel Fells the veterans.
Fells is perhaps the most well-rounded of the bunch, but he banged up his knee in the first preseason game and missed the next two weeks.
“He’s a pretty steady guy,” Coughlin said of Fells. “That is the best I can say. He knows what to do. He was effective on some of the plays you are describing or reaching for. I think he did a pretty good job.”
Xavier Grimble, a UDFA out of USC, missed most of training camp with a hamstring issue. Jerome Cunningham has gained praise from Coughlin but is not expected to make the cut. Grimble could end up in IR or the practice squad. Cunningham is PS eligible as well.