On Friday, the New York Giants were dealt another blow—in what has been a disastrous free agency period for Big Blue—when Kevin Boss agreed to a four-year, $16 million deal with the Oakland Raiders, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Boss' departure leaves the Giants—who have limited in-house options to replace Boss—with a glaring need at tight end.
As of now, the Giants have four candidates for the team's No. 1 tight end: converted fullback Bear Pascoe, Daniel Coats, Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum.
Yeah, not much potential there.
Don't get me wrong; I really like Beckum as a receiver, but at 6'3", 239 pounds, he doesn't have the size or strength to be a team's No. 1 tight end, and is much more suited to play H-back. Beckum proved that last season when he looked more like a matador than a tight end when going up against defensive lineman or linebackers.
Unlike Beckum, Pascoe is a great blocker. However, he's not much of a receiver, and will likely be the team's starting fullback next season—unless, of course, Henry Hynoski dominates in training camp.
The remaining two options—Coats and Ballard—are solid No. 2 tight ends, but nothing more. Both are much better blockers than receivers, and will not provide much of a threat in passing situations.
Clearly, the Giants will have to look elsewhere to find Boss' replacement.
Here are the three tight ends that they should pursue.