On Friday, April 4, the Giants finally signed a tight end in 28-year-old Kellen Davis, according to NBC's Pro Football Talk.
A fifth-round draft pick out of Michigan State in 2008 (158 overall), Davis spent his first five NFL seasons with the Chicago Bears. Last season, he was a member of the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.
Davis is not the long-term solution at tight end, though. Known as good blocking tight end, Davis is likely a replacement for Bear Pascoe, a valiant blocker who remains on the open market due to his ineffectiveness as a receiving threat.
Davis does have 50 career catches for 561 yards and 12 touchdowns, but in 2013, the Bears brought in former Giants tight end Martellus Bennett to replace Davis, who was disappointing as a pass-catcher. Davis was a healthy scratch for the Seahawks in the Super Bowl last season.
Adrien Robinson, Larry Donnell and Daniel Fells round out the Giants remaining depth at tight end. Both Robinson (6'4", 264 lbs) and Donnell (6'6", 269 lbs) are both athletic specimens, yet they have just three catches combined to show for it. Fells, on the other hand, is a 30-year-old veteran. Although he did not play in 2013, Fells has caught passes as a member of the St. Louis Rams, Denver Broncos and New England Patriots.
The Giants will likely target this position in the draft. Many fans would like to see the team select North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron with the 12th overall pick, but New York may not be willing to spend a first-rounder on a position as specialized as tight end.
While Ebron is undoubtedly the most talented pass-catching tight end in this year's draft class, the Giants can land a more-than-serviceable starter after the first round has passed. Washington's Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Iowa's C.J. Fiedorowicz and, though he's not expected to fall into the second round, Texas Tech's Jace Amaro should be on New York's short list.
Quarterback Eli Manning has relied on a productive pass-catching tight end throughout his career. From Jeremy Shockey to Kevin Boss to Jake Ballard, tight ends have starred in Manning's arsenal. Even recent stopgaps Brandon Myers and Bennett have had successful statistical seasons with Manning throwing them the ball.
The Giants front office cannot afford to deprive its 33-year-old quarterback a weapon at this valuable position as he begins his first year under new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo.