Martellus Bennett - Brad Penner-US PRESSWIRE
Martellus Bennett's 2012 season was the most prolific by a Giants tight end since the days of Jeremy Shockey. Will he be back for an encore next season?
Let's continue our series of positional reviews for the New York Giants by looking at tight end.
Martellus Bennett -- In his first year after coming from the Dallas Cowboys as a free agent, Bennett proved what he set out to prove when he left Dallas and the shadow of Jason Witten. That is that he can be starting-caliber tight end in the NFL. Bennett's 55 receptions were the most by a Giants' tight end since Jeremy Shockey had 57 in 2007.
Bear Pascoe --The blocking tight end played 245 snaps in 2012 and caught only four passes.
Travis Beckum -- Started the year on PUP after injuring his knee in the Super Bowl. Finished the year on IR after the knee acted up again. Played in four games, was targeted once and did not catch a pass.
Adrien Robinson -- A red-shirt rookie year for the fourth-round pick from Cincinnati. Got in two games, but was inactive most of the season.
Bennett is once again a free agent. It will be very interesting to see how much he, and the Giants, think he is now worth. He made $2.5 million in 2012, and it will cost more than that to keep him with the Giants going forward.
Beckum, I believe, will not be brought back. I also believe Robinson will be given every opportunity to take Pascoe's snaps as the second tight end next season. Because of his late start in 2012 and the fact that he had few opportunities in the passing game while in college it was tough to expect much. He could be a player who takes a big leap forward in 2013.