Positional analysis: Tight end

We’ve been taking a look toward 2013 with a position-by-position breakdown of the Giants leading into the scouting combine and free agency.

So far, we have analyzed quarterback, running back and wide receiver. Today is tight end.


2012 depth chart: Martellus Bennett, Bear Pascoe, Travis Beckum, Adrien Robinson.

Overview: The Giants pretty much went with two tight ends for the entire season with Bennett and Pascoe. Bennett was pretty much everything the Giants hoped for. He showed his vast potential and athleticism on the receiving side with a career-high 55 receptions for 626 yards and five touchdowns. And the Giants probably could have utilized him more in the passing game. His blocking was good, although the coaches say it can improve. Pascoe provided blocking on the line and from his H-back type of role. Beckum spent most of the season recovering from a torn ACL suffered in the Super Bowl and returned briefly before hurting his knee and landing on IR again. Robinson remains a project to be developed.

Free agents: Bennett, Beckum.

2013 personnel preview: The Giants want Bennett back. He should only get better with another season under his belt in the Giants offense with Eli Manning. Pascoe remains a valuable contributor in the blocking game and the Giants like his versatility. Robinson spent his rookie season learning. We’ll have to see if he is ready for some playing time or at least to be active on game day. The Giants have Larry Donnell, another developmental tight end, on the roster.

Salary cap situation: The Giants hope to re-sign Bennett. If they are unable to re-sign Bennett, the Giants will likely have to search for another tight end. Bennett should be one of the Giants' priorities among their own free agents. Pascoe, who was going to be a restricted free agent, recently re-signed with the team.

Tell us what you think of the Giants’ tight ends going into 2013.