The Giants are going to perceive what a genuine unicorn resembles.
Nine years prior, the Giants had Martellus Bennett, a tight end who compared himself to a “Black Unicorn.”
Be that as it may, Falcons youngster tight end Kyle Pitts? He is regularly called a “unicorn” by NFL ability evaluators due to his unique bundle of speed, strength, hopping and other recipient abilities in a tight end’s body.
“If you go back and watch his college tape it becomes really scary,” Giants defensive coordinator Patrick Graham said, “because all those cornerbacks that get drafted in the first round, that’s who all those teams in the SEC had covering him.”
Five of the initial 44 picks in the 2021 NFL Draft were SEC cornerbacks.
All in all, how can the Giants respond? Put battling Pro Bowl cornerback James Bradberry on the 6-foot-6, 246-pound Pitts rather than on top collector Calvin Ridley? Surrender a tremendous size advantage with No. 2 cornerback Adoree’ Jackson? Ask security Jabrill Peppers or space cornerback Darnay Holmes — both of whom have been sidelined in the past for blown inclusions — to attempt it? The smartest option may be adjusting the standard obligations given to protections Logan Ryan or Xavier McKinney.
“He was like the most highly touted draft pick I ever heard of coming out in a long time,” said Ryan, who battled against Falcons coach Arthur Smith when they were with the Titans as defensive back and offensive coordinator. “Art knows how to scheme up his guys to get him the ball.”
Tight finishes never appear to struggle getting the ball against the Giants. It’s a story ancient — or if nothing else as old as a 7-year-old.
An Antrel Rolle-drove auxiliary completed No. 25 safeguarding tight closures, per Football Outsiders, in 2014. A Landon Collins-drove auxiliary permitted 1,062 yards to tight finishes in 2016 and 13 scores to tight finishes in 2017, including a stretch of 10 straight games with a score get by a tight end.
Presently, in Year 2 under Graham, a natural issue is raising its head at the absolute worst time.
“A big-body tight end is always good for an offense,” Peppers said. “Quarterback’s security blanket, a big target in the red zone.”
The Giants permitted 80 gets for 866 yards and four scores to tight finishes last season, however the mid 2021 numbers are disturbing. The Denver and Washington tight finishes have a joined 16 gets for 149 yards and two scores through two games.
The Giants recorded WR Kenny Golladay (hip), TE Evan Engram (calf) and exceptional groups expert Nate Ebner (quad) as problematic on the injury report.
Golladay missed the last nine rounds of last season with a hip physical issue.
“We went through the whole hip thing [before signing him] in free agency,” head coach Joe Judge said. “I don’t think it’s anything tied to that.”