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New York Giants’ Tom Coughlin: Adrien Robinson, Larry Donnell Have Inside Track at Tight End

May 16th, 2014 at 11:00 AM
By Dan Benton

Although the New York Giants recently signed USC tight end Xavier Grimble as an undrafted rookie free agent — a player some fans have already put into the Hall of Fame — head coach Tom Coughlin said earlier this week that Adrien Robinson and Larry Donnell will have the inside track to win the top two spots at the position.

"We've got these two — Larry Donnell and Adrien Robinson — this will be their third year in the program and we expect great things from them," Coughlin said on Monday during a CBS Sports interview. "A couple weeks into it, they've looked very good. From that standpoint, I feel very good about it."

Coughlin noted that despite the addition of the aforementioned Grimble and Kellen Davis earlier in free agency, the "time is now" for both Robinson and Donnell. And although the Giants did have two tight ends — Eric Ebron and Austin Seferian-Jenkins — ranked highly on their draft board, the coach says things just didn't shake out in a way that would have allowed the team to draft either.

As such, the organization must now move forward with what they already have.

"It's like looking at a dinosaur situation when you start to evaluate that position. There just aren't a log of guys," Coughlin said. "What happens is you get into a round, say the second round, and two of those guys went. All of the sudden, two of the people you ranked pretty highly are off the board. … Certainly if the situation had presented itself, that would have been entertained in our [war] room."

It wasn't and the Giants ended up passing on all remaining tight ends. However, it's not something they are as concerned about as the fans and "experts" seem to be, as both Coughlin and General Manager Jerry Reese have repeatedly stated they feel content with the young talent they already have on the roster.

This is not to say the team wouldn't strongly entertain the idea of signing Jermichael Finley if and when he's finally medically cleared — they would — but if this current batch of tight ends is all they've got once the season finally begins, they're more than confident they can win with them.

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Tags: Adrien Robinson, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Eric Ebron, Football, Kellen Davis, Larry Donnell, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Tom Coughlin, Xavier Grimble

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10 Responses to “New York Giants’ Tom Coughlin: Adrien Robinson, Larry Donnell Have Inside Track at Tight End”

  1.  aikitim says:

    I have this suspicion, with no real factual backing, that Donnell is going to emerge as the better of the 2.

    •  skinnydoogan says:

      You might just be right, he has actually stepped out onto the field, it may have not been very pretty but he did. I am still not sure if AR is an actual person or a card board cut out they leave on the bench.

      •  Krow says:

        Like I said a few times about James Brewer … it’s troubling that there’s no buzz about Robinson. No stories about how he’s coming along … no reports of a great catch in practice … or that he’s packed on the muscle. Nothing.

        •  skinnydoogan says:

          Well Brewer is a whole different story, a story where he stinks. We don’t even know if AR stinks or not, nothing to base anything on.

          •  NM-GIANT says:

            I wouldn’t go that far. Giants.com had a film study on him for this years performance and Carl banks gave him props for his quick movement and strength on quite a few blocks he made; both he and John Schmelk agreed that he should be better this year, if he is a quality backup then that’s all we can really ask for at this point, there’s still a reason he is on the roster.

    •  Greg says:

      If it takes Reese 7 weeks to figure out that we need a TE (like it did last year with MLB/Beason), we are in big trouble!!! Grimble will be good, not sure if he’s ready this year though… I would rather take Finley at 70%, than Robinson at 110%! Never heard of a player that has been in the league this long, that hasn’t made an impact in practice or a preseason game! Another one of JR’s late round dreams, that isn’t going to pan out… Grimble will be a great decision that Reese will get credit for, hopefully he can learn from a decent vet for his rookie season. It’s tough for any of us to really predict how important the TE will be this year, now that Gilbride is gone. Obviously the TE for the Giants will always need to be a good blocker, but it would be nice for Eli to have that option on 3rd down! Especially against strong D’s, like a Seattle or Niners.

  2.  Fran2Eli says:

    On the issue of a positive test for marijuana, my approach: first positive; a warning with a minor fine along with mandatory counseling covering additionally the role of a professional in society. The second; a fine of a games pay without suspension, additional counseling, and an obligation to fulfill a public service requirement, the public not knowing his services weren’t just a voluntary act of kindness. The image of an NFL player being enhanced rather than tarnished. The third offence warranting a heaver dose of the same with the single game suspension “for a violation of team rules”. For heaven sake it’s marijuana, being so public about it has the reverse effect on the intentions of the policy. Grow up NFL. This type of realistic policy provides them cover for not having under aged kids influenced by what their players are doing. The image NFL players would be less tarnished, and again no public awareness of any test results, thus kids sheltered from any negative influence. If I was the NFL today adopting such an approach I would state very little if anything about it just saying that they had a new policy and any and all drug related issues would be handled internally and as a totally private matter protecting the rights of an individual, no details given.

    •  Krow says:

      It’s all about protecting the brand. I doubt they owners care whether someone smokes or not.

      •  NM-GIANT says:

        Agreed, However once it become legal, I don’t see them turning down advertisement dollars. That industry is gonna be huge!

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