In recent days, there's been significant speculation about the New York Giants going into 2014 without a traditional fullback and instead using the tight end in that role. It's something Larry Donnell hinted at after Organized Team Activities (OTAs) and something tight ends coach Kevin M. Gilbride confirmed on Monday. But he didn't just confirm it, he took it a step further and detailed, very specifically, how the tight ends will play, perhaps, the largest and most important role in Ben McAdoo's brand new offensive system.
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"We're really looking to develop a number of overall tight ends who can do it all," Gilbride said. "Within this offense, we put the tight ends in the backfield. It's a big, big part of what we do within this offense.
"I would characterize [the tight end position in this offense] as the 'jack of all trade.' With having them be in the backfield, having them play that fullback role, splitting them out as a No. 1 receiver or a No. 2, as well as an inline tight end. It's a jack of all trades role."