New York Giants Re-Sign Free Agent Tight End Will Tye
The New York Giants have re-signed free agent tight end Will Tye. What does that mean for the future of the Giants’ offense?
The New York Giants entered the 2017 NFL offseason with a multitude of franchise-altering decisions ahead of them. Thus far, no move has been more important for the Giants to make than the decision to re-sign the team’s existing tight ends.
Having already re-signed Matt LaCosse to a one-year deal, the Giants have made a decision on the future of 2016 starter Will Tye.
LaCosse was viewed as the upside player at the tight end position, but a knee injury forced him to be sidelined. It was Will Tye who benefited most from injuries to LaCosse and Larry Donnell, as he led all Giants tight ends in receptions and receiving yards.
According to Jordan Raanan of ESPN’s NFL Nation, the Giants have re-signed Tye to a one-year deal worth $615,000.
That’s a solid move that could have significant long-term implications.
Tye had a solid rookie season in 2015 with 42 receptions on 62 targets for 464 yards and three touchdowns. That translates to 11.0 yards per reception, with 23 of his catches going for first downs.
In 2016, Tye recorded 48 receptions for 395 yards, one touchdown, and 16 first downs in Ben McAdoo’s first season as head coach.
Though solid numbers, the criticism of Tye surrounded the sharp decline he suffered from 11.0 to 8.2 yards per reception.
Tye’s subpar average of yards per receptions has created concern that he can’t be the playmaker that New York needs at tight end. Nevertheless, Jerry Reese appears to be intrigued enough by Tye’s rookie-year production to give him another chance to prove himself.
If Tye can improve the consistency with which he blocks for the run game, he could continue his emergence as a quality NFL tight end.
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