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New York Giants in Talks with Ben Patrick, Jason Snelling Considers Giants

July 31st, 2011 at 11:03 PM
By Serena Sanderson

The New York Giants are currently in talks with tight end Ben Patrick and running back Jason Snelling says the Giants are a “definite possibility.”

Arizona Cardinals tight end Ben Patrick runs for a first down against the Detroit Lions during the second half of their NFL football game in Detroit, Michigan, December 20, 2009. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

Ben Patrick is a fifth year tight end out of Delaware. He played his last four seasons with the Arizona Cardinals before becoming a free agent in this mess of an off-season. Over those four years, the 6’3, 264 pound 26-year old had 45 receptions for 446 yards and four touchdowns. While his statistics may not wow you, Patrick would be a nice backup to Kevin Boss if the Giants re-sign him. The Giants also still have Bear Pascoe and Travis Beckum, or they could bring Jake Ballard up from the practice squad. I’m sure the Giants first priority at tight end is to bring back Boss, but if a deal can’t be reached, it looks like they’ll have some options.

Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Keith Rivers (L) is held back by Atlanta Falcons running back Jason Snelling the first half of their NFL football game in Atlanta, Georgia October 24, 2010. REUTERS/Tami Chappell (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

Jason Snelling is a fifth year running back out of Virginia. He spent the last four seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, sharing time most recently with Michael Turner. Over his last four seasons, Snelling has recorded 1,042 yards and seven touchdowns on 257 carries with just four fumbles. Sure, he hasn’t had the ball as much as Ahmad Bradshaw, whom the Giants are still working with, but four fumbles in four seasons? I’ll take that. Okay, that’s probably not a fair comparison, but it still seems to me that he can hang on to the ball and that’s something the Giants are looking for. Snelling had also been considering Cincinnati before they signed Cedric Benson.

While the Giants free agents test the market, management isn’t just sitting around. They’re exploring their options too, and hopefully we’ll like the decisions they make when the season starts in a few short weeks.

UPDATE: Jason Snelling will be in New York tomorrow visiting the Giants.

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