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No, not THAT former Packers tight end...

According to NJ.com, the New York Giants plan to work out a former Green Bay Packers tight end next week. But it's not Jermichael Finley. It's Tom Crabtree. Per Conor Orr:

The 28-year-old, who has been in the league since 2009, has 22 career receptions for 323 yards and five touchdowns. He won a Super Bowl in 2010 with the Packers.

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One of the league's great personalities, the 6-4, 245-pound tight end could be a great fit in the Giants new offense. In 2012, his last full season, he was rated as one of the more efficient receiving tight ends in football by Pro Football Focus. He has also consistently graded out as a strong pass blocker.

Never hurts to look around, I guess, but this guy seems to me like just another tight end to add to their current collection of just-another-tight-ends. What would make Crabtree stand out from the current group is his familiarity with the Green Bay offense in which new Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo coached. When coaches change teams, they sometimes like to bring with them players who can help "translate" for players unfamiliar with the coach and his style and terminology. As the Giants work to learn a new offense, someone who's played offense in Green Bay while McAdoo was there could be an asset on the communication front. So in that respect, it makes sense to see what Crabtree's got.

It's just worth noting that the Giants are (and always were) determined to play in the shallow end of the free-agent pool at tight end, figuring they can get the 45 or so catches and 500 or so yards they get every year from their top tight end without spending big for it. They're probably right, but as this position continues to be a topic of offseason concern, it continues to be worth writing about.