New York Giants' offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo says tight ends in his offense "have a lot on their plate." Unfortunately, the Giants don't have much on the menu at the position currently, with only unproven youngsters Adrien Robinson and Larry Donnell, as well as veteran free-agent signee Daniel Fells.
Thus, the Giants could be active in seeking a tight end in free agency. Let's look at some of the possibilities. Vote in our poll at the bottom of the post and let us know which tight end you want. And no, drafting Eric Ebron is not an option in this poll.
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Seems like we have discussed the possibility of Finley joining his former coach, new Giants' offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo, in New York for some time now. Antrel Rolle would like to see Finley join the Giants. Finley himself said earlier in the offseason that he might "go running" to New York if McAdoo called.
Finley is a huge risk after playing only six games in 2013 before undergoing spinal fusion surgery. He has 181 catches in his last three full seasons, however, and NFL.com says Finley "has a chance to be the biggest difference-making receiver available at any position this offseason."
Finley has yet to be medically cleared to play in 2014, although his agent has indicated that could happen any time now.
Andrew Quarless, Green Bay Packers
NJ.com says it is Quarless, the replacement for Finley in Green Bay, who might end up being the best free-agent fit for the Giants. NJ.com's Jordan Ranaan says Quarless will be "near the top" of the Giants' list of free-agent tight ends.
Here is some of what we wrote about Quarless earlier:
Quarless, 25, caught a career-high 32 passes in 2013. He started 10 games, doubling the total he had started in his first two seasons. Quarless missed the entire 2012 season after tearing the ACL and MCL in his right knee late in the 2011 season.
Green Bay tight ends coach Jerry Fontenot believes Quarless has "more in the tank" in terms of his ability to improve as both a receiver and a run blocker. Quarless, 6-foot-4, 252 pounds, graded out an an awful -9.3 as a run blocker, according to Pro Football Focus.
Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press Gazette was lukewarm on Quarless in discussing free agents the Packers should bring back. He wrote that "Someone has to start at tight end, and he wouldn’t be the worst option until a younger player emerges."
We have talked largely about the Giants raiding the Packers for one of their tight ends. How about snagging the guy Green Bay is apparently looking at to replace Finley or Quarless, or both?
SB Nation's Packers web site, Acme Packing Company, writes that Graham "has experience lining up as both an in-line tight end as well as split out in the slot. Graham has also spent time as an H-back in Houston. Over the past few seasons, Green Bay has utilized tight ends in the backfield to a greater degree. Graham would fit neatly in with those progressions."
All of that means Graham would probably fit in the Giants' revamped offense, as well.
Who is Graham? He is a four-year pro out of Wisconsin who caught a career-high 49 passes last season and will be 28 during the 2014 season. As a run blocker, PFF gave him a -7.8 score in 2013, but a +2.2 the season before, so he is at least potentially an improvement over Brandon Myers in that category.
Graham is a player the Texans hope to re-sign.
The veteran Chandler is a guy who was a practice squad player for the Giants a few years back. Basically, the Giants chose Jake Ballard over Chandler, and the 6-foot-7, 270-pound Chandler has gone on to have a nice career. He has caught 38, 43 and 53 passes the past three seasons for the Bills.
Chandler, 29, undoubtedly fits the tight end role as the Giants have used it during the Tom Coughlin era -- meaning in a very traditional fashion. Whether he fits with the way the offense will run under new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo we don't know.