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Boss a Raider, leaves Giants in tight spot

Kevin Boss #89 of the New York Giants

Kevin Boss #89 of the New York Giants scores the game winning touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars. (Nov. 28, 2010) Credit: Getty Images

With Kevin Boss off to Oakland – reportedly for a four-year $16-million contract – the Giants find themselves with a hole to fill at tight end. They have some players in camp who can do some of the things that Boss could, but no one who can do all of what he did.

You want a blocker? Bear Pascoe is pretty good and Jake Ballard does a nice job. But are you comfortable with either of those two running an important seam route down the middle?

Travis Beckum can run the routes of a tight end and could possibly become more of a target for Eli Manning. But he has still not developed as a blocker to the point where he can be an every-down tight end.

It’s hard to see Ben Patrick as the answer.

It’s a pretty thin market for the position, too. If the Giants want to bring in a player, they’ll have to do so through a trade. And they do have a few bargaining chips in Osi Umenyiora and even Sage Rosenfels. If they are intent on getting rid of Osi, getting a player and a pick could reduce their first-round asking price.

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