3. Tight end
The Giants tight end room received a big boost this offseason with the addition of Waller. That trade alone makes this position one of the biggest strengths on Big Blue's roster. Waller was a superstar in Las Vegas.
In 2019, the former Pro Bowl tight end hauled in 90 passes for 1,145 yards and three touchdowns. In the COVID laden 2020 season, Waller snagged 107 passes for 1,196 yards and nine touchdowns. Only one New York Giants tight end has amassed 1,000 yards in a single season (Mark Bavaro had precisely 1,000 in 1986). In 2021, Waller played in just 11 games and had 665 yards, which still would have been the best production Jones received from a tight end in his career.
ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky recently said on NFL Live that the Giants will be "Kansas City-light" thanks to the addition of Waller.
Waller is also an excellent blocking tight end, as is his backup, second-year player Daniel Bellinger. Bellinger, who showed up to OTA's absolutely chizzled, had a strong rookie season, hauling in three passes for touchdowns (one of which was is in the NFC Wild Card win at Minnesota), and added another on the ground in the Giants win over Green Bay in London.
Behind those two is athletic freak Lawrence Cager who made some big plays for the Giants last season. Schoen also added Tommy Sweeney, a former Buffalo Bill this offseason. Dre Miller, a standout in training camp last season before getting injured, will receive another chance this summer to make the roster.