The Giants currently have five TEs on their 90-man roster: Adrien Robinson, Daniel Fells, Larry Donnell, Kellen Davis and Xavier Grimble. The team is confident they can forge something out of that group, but may not be done searching for solutions.
Former Packer Jermichael Finley would have been the perfect fit for new OC Ben McAdoo’s offense, but he’s in medical clearance limbo after undergoing offseason neck surgery.
The Giants are still high on many of the players they have under their roof right now. They are still banking on Robinson breaking out and have nothing but praise for Grimble, who was signed after going undrafted earlier this month.
Chris Wesseling of NFL.com listed his ten summer trade possibilities this week and one of them involved the Giants as a possible landing spot for Cardinals’ TE Rob Housler:
“A speedy pass-catching specialist, Housler is underutilized in Bruce Arians’ offense, which favors blocking specialists at tight end. As a contract year player who has not met expectations in Arizona, Housler should be available for the right price. New Giants coordinator Ben McAdoo is believed to be seeking a tight end with Housler’s skill set.”
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Housler (6’5″, 250) has been mainly a part-time receiver for the Cards, catching 45 balls in 2012 and 39 last season. He scored just one TD in his three-year career. He is in a roster battle himself out in the desert with former Giant Jake Ballard, John Carlson and rookie Troy Niklas.
The fourth-year pro out of Florida Atlantic is not the atypical TE head coach Bruce Arians favors. He prefers blocking TEs that are secondary pass catchers a la Heath Miller. Housler has shown receiving prowess and in a different offense, could flourish.
The Giants may be eyeing his situation. If things hold steady, Housler could be cut, or traded. It’s up the the Giants to determine if he’s worth trading for, or take their chances on the waiver wire.