Another position high atop the Giants to-do list is tight end, where the only players under contract at this moment are third-year guys Adrien Robinson and Larry Donnell.
Since neither of those two players has really shown enough to convince the coaches that they are ready for full-time roles, the Giants will almost certainly look at free agency to boost the depth at this spot.
Per ESPN, one name that has been linked to New York is Green Bay's Andrew Quarless.
The 25-year-old stepped in last year for teammate Jermichael Finley (also said to be on the Giants’ radar) after Finley suffered a season-ending neck injury on Oct. 20.
Quarless, who missed the 2012 season with a knee injury suffered late in 2011, finished with 32 catches for 312 yards and two touchdowns for the Packers last season. Overall, he has 56 receptions for 586 yards and three touchdowns.
Despite his production, Quarless drew some blunt criticism from Packers tight ends coach Jerry Fontenot last December, who told the Journal Sentinel that the team “needs to get more” from Quarless, especially in the run game.
He makes the right reads. He’s smart enough. I just think that we’ve continually emphasized his fundamentals to get our pad level and leverage on guys. He plays high. We need more out of him at the point of attack and finish. We’ve talked about that.
In a separate article, Fontenot praised Quarless as a receiver, telling ESPN’s Rob Demovsky:
I think that he's made strides in being a better receiver and understanding where he needs to be on the field at any given point. As with anything, you always work on consistency.
So what happens if the next Giants tight end isn't a veteran?
If you’ve been reading my stuff these last few weeks, you know I’ve been hopful that New York will take North Carolina's Eric Ebron with its first-round pick.
However, as I look at things further, I’m thinking that the Giants could go defense in the first round and wait to add a tight end later in the draft.
That tight end is a guy I mentioned way, way back at the start of the 2013 season: Georgia’s Arthur Lynch (6’5”, 254 pounds), who I think might be a Day 3 pick.
While Lynch doesn’t have the speed of Ebron—not many tight ends in this draft class do—he is a prototypical in-line blocking tight end, which is something that the Giants could certainly use, especially in the running game.
Lynch isn’t afraid to go over the middle to make the tough catch. While he doesn’t have breakaway speed, Lynch's 15.3 yards-per-catch average in his final collegiate season suggests that he can be a player to move the chains and help sustain drives in the NFL.
If the Giants do go to Plan B, it would not be surprising if they re-sign unrestricted free agent Bear Pascoe to a one-year deal to serve as a transition player while a rookie such as Lynch gets up to speed.
Pascoe’s presence would also provide some veteran experience while the Giants continue to figure out what they have in Donnell and Robinson.
Patricia Traina is the senior editor for Inside Football. All quotes and information obtained firsthand, unless otherwise noted. Follow me on Twitter, @Patricia_Traina.