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Backup TEs have Mike Pope flummoxed

Adrien Robinson works out at the Giants' rookie

Adrien Robinson works out at the Giants' rookie minicamp at the Timex Performance Center in East Rutherford, N.J. (May 11, 2012) Credit: Getty

Not only are the Giants going through the offseason without projected starting tight ends Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum, both of whom tore their ACLs in the Super Bowl, but they are now practicing without the reinforcements they brought in to bolster the position. Martellus Bennett has not been practicing due to a sore hamstring and rookie Adrien Robinson (who shall forever be known as the JPP of tight ends thanks to Jerry Reese) is still finishing up school until June 8 and is not available to participate in the workouts.

That leaves tight ends coach Mike Pope with a group that has him flummoxed.

“I told them today, ‘Not only do they not know what they’re doing but I don’t know what they’re doing,’” Pope said. “And I don’t know what I’m doing.”

Things should settle down a bit when Bennett and Robinson get back. Both are expected to participate in the mandatory minicamp that starts June 11. But Robinson, whom the Giants hoped to polish into a gem despite lackluster receiving numbers in college, is having his progress slowed by each missed workout.

That's Robinson in the picture above, by the way, from the rookie minicamp which he was able to attend.


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