Will Tye has made some nice plays for the Giants. They want more.
"He's improving, there's no doubt about it," tight ends coach Kevin M. Gilbride said of the Stony Brook University product. "His consistency needs to improve. That's something I got after him about a little bit today, but as far as his development and understanding the concepts of the offense and how we are going about trying to get our job done, he definitely understands it and he's putting it into action."
Tye dropped a potential touchdown pass two Sundays ago. Against the Patriots this past Sunday, he dropped another pass. He nearly scored a touchdown on a 31-yard catch- and-run at the end of the first half and was targeted on a potential touchdown pass on the next snap.
"The ones that are glaring are the drops, but he's also made a couple really good catches," Gilbride said. "He's run some really good routes and he's had some really good run blocks, but the consistency is not there yet, and it's something that we need him to execute consistently to help our offense."
The pass thrown to Tye in the end zone on Sunday was overthrown by Eli Manning as he tried to avoid a blitz, but Gilbride said he thought Tye still should have made the play.
"He was open, and that's one of those plays that I'm talking about," he said. "That would've been a hell of a catch because it was out in front of him, but he's got to get to the point where he smells that end zone. When you get those opportunities as a tight end -- you don't get that many -- so when you get those opportunities, you've got to come down with the play."
Overall, though, the Giants are pleased with Tye's development. Gilbride said he is not surprised that Tye has played so well since being activated in Week 4 when Daniel Fells was placed on injured reserve. In fact, he chuckled when it was pointed out that the Giants had cut Tye at the end of training camp.
"It wasn't me!" he said of the decision. "I always felt like he had it in him to be a good player, but he's young, he's green, his development is what still needs to take place, and it shows. It shows in some of the inconsistencies that he has. But I'll tell you what, he's made some big plays for us, too, and I think down the stretch, he's going to make a lot more."