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Bear Pascoe scores a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers during the 2012 NFC Championship game.
Jake Ballard, gone. Travis Beckum, injured. With the Giants top two tight ends from last season either gone or injured, they are looking for production from a cast of tight ends.
They signed Martellus Bennett in the offseason with hopes he can be the athletic tight end the Dallas Cowboys drafted in 2008. Problem with that is, he came into OTAs weighing in at 291 pounds, closing in on offensive lineman status. The Giants have one thing in their pocket that they're hoping will change Bennett.
If there's anyone that can snap Bennett into shape and fix his attitude, it's Coughlin. If not, they look for rookie tight end Adrien Robinson and fourth-year tight end Bear Pascoe to help pick up the load.
Pascoe played a role in the Giants' run last season. He scored an important touchdown against the 49ers in the NFC Championship game, as well as four catches for 33 big yards against the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. He was a big part in the running game as well; he opened up a bunch of holes for Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs. The Giants are hoping for his postseason success to carry into the 2012-13 season.
Giants GM Jerry Reese was quoted as saying, "We think this guy is kind of a JPP of tight ends."
High praise coming from the GM.
If Robinson can be anywhere near the type of player Jason Pierre-Paul is, then the Giants got a steal at the end of the fourth round. He is a big guy who didn't get many opportunities at Cincinnati, but the Giants feel he is another player with a ton of potential. With the right coaches around him, the Giants may have themselves another x-factor in their quest for a repeat performance.