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Giants 2021 roster profile: TE Nakia Griffin-Stewart

Can Griffin-Stewart earn spot in crowded tight end group?

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Nakia Griffin-Stewart runs a drill during training camp with the Minnesota Vikings in 2020.
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Tight end Nakia Griffin-Stewart would seem to have a difficult path to a roster spot at a crowded position for the New York Giants. Let’s take a closer look as we continue profiling the 90 players the Giants will bring to training camp this summer.

The basics

Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 260
Age: 24
Experience: 1
Position: Tight end
Contract: Year 1 of two-year, $1.485 million deal | Guaranteed: $0 | 2021 cap hit: $660,000

Career to date

An undrafted free agent, Griffin-Stewart spent 2020 training camp with the Minnesota Vikings before being cut. He spent part of the 2020 season on the practice squad of the Green Bay Packers. Griffin-Stewart played three seasons at Rutgers and transferred to Pitt for the 2019 season. He finished his college career with 32 receptions.

2021 outlook

Griffin-Stewart would seem to be competing with Rysen John and Cole Hikutini for a spot on the practice squad.

Here is a quick scouting report from the Football Gameplan 2020 Draft Guide:

Strengths:
- Put together a really good postseason All-Star game circuit with excellent performances in the 2020 College Gridiron Showcase & Tropical Bowl.
- Has all of the requisite tools you want at the position. Route running is above average, and shows the ability to make spectacular catches.
- He’s an above average blocker as well.

Areas of Improvement:
- Consistency is the biggest area for improvement. There’s inconsistency everywhere on film, at both Rutgers and Pitt.
- At times he’ll get too lackadaisical with his technique in blocking, and allow a defender to cross his face.
- Will have concentration drops that’ll frustrate you.