At one of the New York Giants' greatest areas of need, there are five possible candidates vying for playing time. Normally, that would be strength in numbers, but for the Giants' tight ends, the group is filled with a combination of young, untested players and a few veterans who might be solid, but seem unlikely to carry the full load.
Kellen Davis belongs to the latter group, coming to the Giants in free agency after a year with the Seattle Seahawks. The seventh-year veteran is more of a blocking tight end, as he has just 50 career receptions. Let's see how Davis might factor into the Giants' new West Coast offense in 2014.
2013 Season in Review
In 15 games last year with the Seahawks, Davis hauled in just three catches for 32 yards and a touchdown. That was largely as the third option behind Zach Miller and Luke Wilson. Davis' previous low came in 2010, when he played in all 16 games but caught just one pass (a 19-yard touchdown, at least).
So there should not be expectations for Davis as a top pass-catching option for Eli Manning. His latest Rotoworld blurb sums that up pretty well:
After the Bears tried and failed miserably by attempting to make Davis a pass-catching tight end, he found a role as a blocker with the Seahawks. He'll do the same with the Giants
2014 Season Outlook
Even if Davis only hauls in the occasional pass, there's still room for him to play an important role in the Giants' offense. The team probably views Adrien Robinson as its most ideal pass-catching option at tight end, and second-year Larry Donnell could also be a factor. If those two prove adequate in the receiving game, the Giants can then be happy taking whatever they get from Davis or Daniel Fells, the other "old" tight end option.