New York Giants: Taking Control Of The Hash Marks

David RondonCorrespondent IMay 29, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 03:  Kevin Boss #89 of the New York Giants runs for yards after the catch on a 45-yard reception against Rodney Harrison #37 of the New England Patriots in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLII on February 3, 2008 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

For the fourth and final instillation of the offense I will talk about the tight ends and newly create H-back position.

Tight end

Kevin Boss

Negative: Average speed for a tight end and not great agility for a man his size. Kevin needs to continue to improve his run blocking. Boss has to continue to work on his route running ability because there have been games where he has disappeared from the offense. Needs to get stronger and break more tackles. Boss can be taken down too quickly at times. Kevin needs to improve on using his body better when in the air in terms of body control i.e. Larry Fitzgerald.

Positive: For his lack of speed Boss still manages to make 20+ yard plays at times. Has good hands and is good in pass protection. Boss has shown at times his good run blocking skills and the ability to get open against linebackers. His height is somewhat unique for his position, and has used it to score touchdowns. He also led the team with 6 touchdowns.

Michael Matthews

Negative: Not much in terms of receiving skills.

Positive: Best run blocking tight end that the Giants have, which is most likely the only reason why he’s on the team. Also he is a very strong tight end as well.

Darcy Johnson

Negative: Not much on-field experiences and needs to improve his receiving skills as well as his run blocking.

Positive: Has shown signs of brilliance with toughness and athleticism that honestly I haven’t see from any other tight end on the roster. Johnson only had 3 catches all season, but two of them were for touchdowns. To be more specific about some of these catches, I listed them below:

1. Giants TE Darcy Johnson steamrolls the Patriots defense on a 26-YD TD reception during the pre-season.

2. E. Manning pass short left to D. Johnson for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN.

3. E. Manning passes deep right to D. Johnson to MIN 49 for 26 yards


Travis Beckum

Negative: Basically he’s a rookie and has to learn so much before he can make any contribution to the team. Need to see how he performs on the field before a more thorough analysis can happen.

Positive: If he comes through Beckum can be a big asset in Giant Stadium when the winds are blowing and the need for control in between the hash marks is required. Again there isn’t enough to make a better analysis until he gets on to the field. 


            The tight end position has good, but not great quality that can at least get it done from time to time. Hopefully all these players will continue to develop and add more to the offense this upcoming year and playoffs. Frankly If the Giants play at home for the playoffs, the tight end and H-back positions will be one of if not the most important position on the field on game day with winds that would make it hard to throw to the outside or down field. Either Kevin Boss, Johnson, or Beckum need to step up and help convert on 3rd downs and not leave that up to Steve Smith. Tom Coughlin and Jerry Reese realized this remember that it wasn’t the Giant receivers against the Philadelphia Eagles in the playoffs that didn’t play well. They actually were getting past their defenders assigned to them, but Eli Manning wasn’t able to cut through the wind with his passes. Donovan McNabb didn’t actually play well either (Passer Rating 58.0 Completion % 55.0 Yds. 217 Avg. 5.4 TD1 Int.2.) Also Carney the Giants kicker was missing kicks left and right as well.


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