With no single player emerging as a well-enough-rounded option to be the undisputed starter at tight end, Tom Coughlin said the Giants instead will have a committee of players man the position.
"I really think that there'll be a group of guys that'll play that'll help us in different situations and will be matched up according to the circumstance," the coach said Monday. "I think that's where it's going to go. I think there are a lot of roles for that spot."
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The group likely will consist of young players Larry Donnell and Adrien Robinson along with veterans Daniel Fells and Kellen Davis. Coughlin also has said in the past that fullback Henry Hynoski can handle some of the tight end responsibilities, particularly as a blocker.
The Giants hoped a clear-cut starter would come out of the wide-open position battle. "I think it's very close," Coughlin said of the competition. "I think, some days, it's very difficult to see who has done what better than someone else."
There's an old football saying that if a team has two quarterbacks, it means they don't have one. There's no axiom about having four tight ends, but for the Giants, it's clearly a sign that no one has excelled to the point of earning the job outright.
"That's not necessarily what the plan was, but the plan has evolved to that," Coughlin said. "People can be utilized for their skills in different ways."
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The Giants expect to know more about left guard Geoff Schwartz (toe) Tuesday after he meets with foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte. "Just waiting to hear," Coughlin said. "Hoping for the best."
Schwartz may need season-ending surgery.