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Giants Missing Out On Huge TrEnd

Today, the Eagles confirmed the news that they have locked up their third year TE Brent Celek through 2016. As they should — he’s their leading receiver with 601 yards and 5 touchdowns.

Philly knows how to use their tight end, something the Giants are only starting to experiment with in Kevin Boss even after a successful 2007 and a very successful 2008 season. Check it… Celek catches a minimum of 4 passes each game, and had topped out back to back games with 8 catches for 104 yards and a touchdown. Thats some serious air time for an NFC East tight end… from the Giants perspective at least. Sheesh.

Hmm, do you think other NFC East teams using their tight ends more and more as pass catchers to move the chains and get into the end zone? Let’s see….

Dallas: Jason Witten – what would Tony Romo do without his crossing routes?

Washington: Chris Cooley – is open all the time and he’s been out for 6 weeks and STILL has numbers to rival Boss

Philly: Brent Celek – perhaps the most deadly of all these, keep noted for December 13

and of course…..

NY Giants: Kevin Boss – perhaps the most under-used player on the team, but the one who gets the best results. Used properly, might just be the best TE in the division.

Look at Boss’s numbers, particularly in the red zone:

Field Position Rec Yds Avg Lng TD 1st 1st% 20+ 40+
Opp 19-1 – by Yard Line 3 30 10.0 18 3 3 100.0 0 0
Opp 49-20 – by Yard Line 12 189 15.8 28 1 9 75.0 4 0

3 damn receptions in the “green zone”. That’s it?!?! EVERY ball he caught inside the 20 ended up in a touchdown — put that on your excel spreadsheet and have a look on the sidelines.

Give the man a damn chance to make a play – there are no more excuses coach! Use your best weapons the right way and you will win some games!!

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7 Responses to “Giants Missing Out On Huge TrEnd”

  1. Jason C. says:

    You like Boss too much, do you really think this team wins more games than they did by simply throwing the ball to Boss more?
    Boss just isn’t as good as Witten, Celek, and Cooley. If they want to use the TE more in the passing game, they either need to get Beckum involved, or get a real gamebreaker at the position. Boss just isn’t that, he’s a nice option with solid hands, that can’t take a hit.

    • andrew ilnicki says:

      you’re out of your mind.

      the guy catches everything near him and takes mack truck hits and hangs on.

      Shockey used to look at his empty hands and grin from ear to ear while the Giants punted.

      That’s quite a difference if you ask me. And the only difference between Boss and the other TE in the division is THEY USE HIM.

      That was the biggest mystery of Shockey while he was here too, they didn’t use him.

      New Orleans is, he scores a touchdown each gaem — nuff said there.

      And yes, when the team uses a tight end like Boss and pick up 18-20 yards on a shallow cross every time, or pickup a touchdown in the red zone because he’s so huge and imposing…

      IT GIVES THE GIANTS AN ADVANTAGE that would be STUPID not to exploit.

      6-5 record with this talent proves that we’re on to something here, stupid is as stupid does (or doesn’t)

      • Jason C. says:

        I don’t think it’s a coincidence that he didn’t do anything in the Thanksgiving game, he showed over the last couple of years that he’s scared shitless of Brian Dawkins, to me, someone who fears someone half his size, can’t take a hit.
        I don’t dislike the guy at all, I just know he’s not a pro bowl caliber TE, he just doesn’t have the speed that the position requires these days.

  2. ptah says:

    Well I feel that the Giants need to shorten up the plays forget the long ball their receivers,minus Steve Smith, are not experienced enough to make it work. They have to change up their play calling get the ball out of Mannings hands quicker

    • andrew ilnicki says:

      you’re right about quickness. 3 step drops are dangerous when the offense is in ryhtem.

      Jason Campbell has looked a lot better since the play calling has favored these quick routes, for example.

      Eli and the Giants should follow suit , more like what won them all those games back in 2007.

      Something about a Superbowl….

  3. Andrew, I think Kevin Boss is a nice player, and he does catch a lot of things.

    However, Kevin Boss does NOT get open quickly.

    watch Brent Celek, Chris Cooley, and Jason Witten run down the field wide open all day. When they catch the ball, even over the middle, they have enough time to move up the field or get down before they get hit.

    Boss is a nice player, but he’s not explosive off the line.

    He’s like a locomotive he takes some time to get up to speed before he becomes unstoppable, That’s not the case with these hybrid TE like Celek, who is just a large Wide Receiver.

    Kevin Boss is a BIG man, Travis Beckum is more like the other tight ends.

    Boss is nice,

    but he’s not an explosive tight end in my opinion.

    Good in the Red Zone. Good 15 yards down the field, but not a guy that’s open right off the line of scrimmage, like the other N.F.C. East Tight Ends, like a Dallas Clark or a Dustin Keller, like a Vernon Davis or even a Visanthe Shancoe who is closer to those kinds of players.

  4. andrew ilnicki says:

    While it’s true that he’s not “explosive” like every other receiver the Gaints have, he’s the biggest and has great hands… so far among the best.

    He’s a major red zone threat and is a great guy to utilize over the middle — hitting him in motion.

    He provided depth and breadth to the team and my point is that the other TE’s in the league are getting atleast twice the amount of average receptions per game.

    Boss is in there as much as anybody else every game — I think using him more can only improve the Giants’ shot to win.

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