Q: You didn’t draft a tight end, are you set with what you have there?
A: We’re always going to keep looking for players, but again, I said this a couple times already, we have a couple tight ends, young guys, who we want to stay healthy and we’ve tried to develop and it’s time for those guys to get out there and help us.
Q: You’re always keeping your options open but would you be content with the guys that are there now?
A: In personnel, sometimes you can’t get everything. You can’t just waive a magic wand and a tight end will show up. We’ve had tight ends that we’ve been able to develop in the past. Again, we go way back to the kid, (Kevin) Boss. You can go back to Boss, he’s coming from a tiny school, Western Oregon or something like that. Did anybody think this kid was going to be starting in the Super Bowl his rookie year and make some plays? You have to put them out there and you have to develop guys at some point. It would be great if you could have guys ready-made that could come in and just line up and be fantastic blockers and fantastic receivers but sometimes it doesn’t work that way. Whatever the skill set is, you’ve got to bring them in and work to their skill set and you have to play the hand you’re dealt and win with it. That’s just part of the business.
Q: How much did not getting a tight end at all in the draft have to do with the actual tight end class that was coming out this year? Maybe it wasn’t as strong.
A: That probably has something to do with it. It just didn’t fall our way for a tight end. If there was a tight end that we liked in our window, we would have picked him but it just didn’t fall our way this time in the draft.
Q: You did not get a tight end in the draft. How much of the decision to not pick a tight end was the class not being as talented as in the past years?
A: We need a tight end or we need this or we need that. You get seven picks, and you can’t take everything you need. You can’t have first round picks at every pick that you want and things that you think you need. The tight end position wasn’t a class we felt was very strong. Even with a couple of the guys there are things that to the outside eye you don’t know about some of these guys that devalue them even more. For us we are comfortable with the players we took in our spots and we weren’t going to force any players or overvalue anybody or push them up because people may think we need a tight end. It is just not the way we operate. We take the best player and the window where we had those players we took the guys who we felt were the best.
Q: At the league meeting, you talked about the tight end position and said that you need to do some work there. Since that time I think you added one guy, Kellen Davis. Are you concerned at all with that position? Is that still a worry moving forward at all or do you feel confident with what you have?
A: I will say this, it is worrisome when you look at the draft and like, for example, you go to the combine and you see all these numbers at all these different positions and then the tight end numbers are (not there). That’s a little bit scary. Where are those guys? Where did they go? What are they doing? Are they playing defensive end? What are they doing right now?
Q: I assume that was a big part of the reason that you guys weren’t able to draft one?
A: Well, there were some quality positions there, don’t get me wrong. It has to work out for you and all of a sudden, bang, a couple guys were gone in that second round and you say, ‘wait a minute, how deep is that position and then who?’ Two of them are gone. Yeah it’s a concern, it’s a concern in a lot of ways but we’ve got, as has been said, we’ve got a couple young guys here that, ‘Fellas, if you can’t see your way to the field now…’
Q: Coming in, did you think that in the second round that you could possibly get a guy there?
A: I wouldn’t say that that ended up being the way that it paired out for us in terms of just the guys that we were talking about. It just didn’t fall that way. We would have had to do some other things to get him in that spot.
Q: We obviously don’t know Ben McAdoo’s offense yet, how critical is the tight end spot?
A: If you look at the different styles around the league, tell me one that doesn’t feature a tight end that either is used more on the pass than the run or the other way around. Our guys are still blockers and kind of Supermen kind of people. They have to block, they have to be able to release off the line, they have to catch the football, they have to be people that you’re looking for in that green zone area, get the ball up high.
Q: At this point, would you consider singing another guy, somebody like Jermichael Finley, who has yet to be cleared?
A: We have to, we’ll be doing some more. That’s not enough numbers for camp. We need some numbers, yeah. I hope we can find some numbers, to be honest.
Q: If you stand pat, how much pressure would that put on a guy like Adrien Robinson? This is his third year now.
A: Adrien is very sharp and is able to count. He’s on the field with four guys. And he’s handles everything very well to this point. Giants Draft Andre Williams, Nat Berhe, Devon Kennard, Bennett Jackson
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