With the possibility of having two flex tight ends lining up on both sides of QB Daniel Jones, NY Giants fans should be optimistic about the potential offensive production they could get from their young receiving ends.
Despite losing Rhett Ellison to early retirement after he suffered a season-ending concussion in Week 10 this past season, the NY Giants have a lot to be excited about when it comes to their dynamic tight end unit, which has become laden with multi-purpose skill players this offseason.
With the recent hiring’s of Joe Judge as head coach, Jason Garrett as offensive coordinator, and Freddie Kitchens as tight ends coach, the possibilities for this young offense are only as limited as the imaginations of these new coaches.
“A tight end heavy offense,” as reported by ESPN staff writer, Jordan Raanan, could provide sufficient blocking for the Giants star running back, Saquon Barkley, and more play action pass options for their wide receivers. Conversely, their TEs would serve a dual purpose (for blocking and receiving) that could dramatically raise everyone’s game on the offensive side of the football.
By utilizing the height and agility of Evan Engram, Levine Toilolo, and Kaden Smith specifically, in conjunction with their improving O-line, which (granted) is still a work-in-progress, the NY Giants could accelerate the development and execution of strong game plans centered around a running game that benefits from TEs who can block, catch, and score.
And with the Dallas Cowboys’ former Head Coach drawing up the offensive schemes this season, that is exactly what we should expect. Both Garrett and Judge have experience designing offenses that flourished by exploiting the catching and blocking prowess of two future Hall of Fame TEs, Rob Gronkowski and Jason Witten, respectively.
And with Freddie Kitchens coming off a forgettable two-year stint with the Cleveland Browns, he will be looking to redeem his coaching style. Interestingly for the NY Giants, he will also reunite with Garrett, who he worked under as the TE coach for the Cowboys in 2006.
There is a lot of similarity between the offensive philosophies of these three coaches, and they all place a high emphasis on utilizing tight ends, which is something that the Giants haven’t done much of in recent years.
However, despite their last three losing seasons, a new coaching staff is not the only thing Giants fans have reason to be excited about, as having Evan Engram, Levine Toilolo, and Kaden Smith topping their TE depth chart heading into the 2020 season.