Stony Brook still has yet to have a player appear in a regular season NFL game. Former Seawolves tight end Will Tye, and undrafted free agent tight end with the New York Giants, hopes to change that. Let's look at Tye as we continue our player-by-player profiles of the 90-man roster the Giants will bring to training camp.
2014 Season in Review
Tye caught 34 passes for 495 yards (14.6 yards per catch) and five touchdowns for Stony Brook. At 6-foot-2, 262 pounds, Tye also returned 21 punts, averaging 5.0 yards per return. Tye played foru games for Florida State in the 2011 and 2012 seasons before transferring to Stony Brook.
2015 Season Outlook
The Giants signed Tye to a contract following rookie minicamp. Tye gives the Giants two undrafted free agent tight ends bidding for a spot on the roster or practice squad. The other is Matt LaCosse of Illinois.
"He's a talented kid, has very, very soft hands," tight ends coach Kevin Gilbride Jr. said of Tye. "He can run straight line very well ... he can get in and out of breaks very well, very smooth."
Gilbride would like to see Tye play quicker, more instinctively and make fewer mistakes.
"He's got a ways to go," Gilbride said. "He has made too many mistakes, mental mistakes. But, that doesn't mean that he won't eventually get it."
Tye seems like more of a practice squad candidate in 2015 than a guy with a legitimate shot at a roster spot. The Giants have a history of hiding and developing tight ends on the practice squad, and perhaps Tye will join that list.