NY Giants’ 53-man roster prediction as training camp begins

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Kyle Rudolph, NY Giants
Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph catches the winning touchdown over New Orleans Saints cornerback P.J. Williams in overtime on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La.Minnesota Vikings Vs New Orleans Saints /

Tight ends (3) Evan Engram, Kyle Rudolph, Kaden Smith

Outside looking in Levine Toilolo

Engram made his first career Pro Bowl in 2020, but was also charged with eight drops, and struggled mightily to be a consistent difference-maker in the passing game.

Even Engram caught 63 passes for 654 yards and one touchdown, the NY Giants went out and signed veteran tight end Kyle Rudolph early in free agency, back in March.

The NY Giants’ red zone offense was among the worst in the league last season, scoring touchdowns just 46.3 percent of trips inside the 20-yard line, which is an area where Rudolph should give a significant boost.

Rudolph has caught 40 of 48 touchdowns in his career in the red zone, so it’s easy to see what drew the NY Giants to him.

Kaden Smith is versatile in terms of being a steady blocker and possible target in the passing game. Rudolph’s presence forces Toilolo off the roster, in a numbers’ crunch.