The New York Giants lost a key player this morning, when ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the Oakland Raiders and Kevin Boss reached an agreement on a four year deal for him to come play in the Black Hole. Boss visited Oakland Wendsday. That's a great move for Boss, but leaves the Giants with zero depth at tight end. Kevin Boss recorded 119 receptions for 1600 yards in his four year career with the Giants. Numbers that will be hard to match given the Giant's current depth at tight end.
Ben Patrick the former Cardinal is the most likely candidate to replace Boss. Patrick was a career backup in Arizona and could only muster up 446 yards in his entire four year career in the desert. Patrick however is known for his work ethic and simply being a team player. Patrick knew that if Boss left he would most likely become the starter, however that didn't stop Patrick from publicly stating he wants to play with Boss and be his backup.
Two year player and former third rounder Travis Beckum will compete for the starting role with recent signee Ben Patrick if the Giants can't find a more suitable replacement on the free agent wire. Beckum has no real experience and throughout his entire two year career has only managed 21 receptions for 171 yards. Not numbers that invoke a lot of confidence in the young tight end.
What is even more depressing is the Giant's backup tight end that will most likely compete for the backup job, is an undrafted second year player in Jake Ballard. Ballard has never played a down in the NFL. Ballard does have some upside since he is a big target at 6'6 and 256 lbs.
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