The New York Giants have spent the offseason collecting tight ends, which seems sort of weird for a team that has a first-round pick (Evan Engram), high-priced free agent (Rhett Ellison) and a former sixth-round pick (Jerell Adams) already entrenched on the roster.
One of those tight ends is Scott Simonson, signed at the beginning of the team’s mandatory mini-camp last month. Let’s look at Simonson as we continue our player-by-player profiles of the 90-man roster.
Position: Tight end
2017 season in review
Simonson spent the season on the Carolina Panthers’ injured reserve list due to a back injury.
Extremely excited to have this opportunity with the @Giants and being able to play for the hometown team that I went to plenty of games as a kid and made me want to play this game!! #NFL #NYG pic.twitter.com/9KM4ayLDfv— Scott Simonson (@scottysimes83) June 13, 2018
Simonson, 26, has played in 18 career NFL games with the Oakland Raiders and Panthers. He has had precisely one pass thrown to him, which he caught for a 10-yard gain. That would lead you to think the Giants are looking at Simonson as a potential blocking tight end, not as a pass-receiving threat.
Simonson, from Red Bank, N.J., is living out a dream by getting a chance to play with the Giants. His journey to this point has been an emotional and unlikely one. Can he make it include playing for the team he rooted for as a kid?