New York Giants: 30 greatest players in franchise history

Eli Manning, New York Giants. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images
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Jeremy Shockey, New York Giants
Jeremy Shockey, New York Giants. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images /

. Tight End. 2002-07. Jeremy Shockey. 28. player. 31

The first of two tight ends on this list, Jeremy Shockey quickly proved himself to be a highly productive weapon at the position just as it began to evolve. While longevity wasn’t his strong suit, he certainly made his presence felt during his six seasons in the Big Apple.

In that time span, Shockey was arguably one of the best tight ends in the league. Heck, during his rookie season, the former Hurricane was named an All-Pro, a rare feat for anyone in their first year in the NFL. Simply put, it didn’t take long for the Giants’ 2002 first-round pick to prove that he was worth his weight in gold.

In six years with the Giants, he made four Pro Bowls, one All-Pro team and put up what were massive numbers for tight ends in those days. From 2004 to 2006, he had at least 61 receptions, 623 yards and six touchdowns in each season. He left New York in 2008, but was never quite as dominant during stints with the New Orleans Saints and the Carolina Panthers.

Was Shockey the greatest tight end in Giants history? You could probably make that argument, and it would be a valid one. However, in the grand scheme of things, his knack for being hurt and inconsistency on the field cost him spots on this list.