The former Stony Brook University tight end is now a former Giant.
Will Tye, who played for the Giants for two years and was a starter in 2016, was waived Saturday as part of the team’s cutdown to a 53-man roster. Tye’s roster spot had been in question since the offseason, when the Giants drastically upgraded the position with the addition of free agent Rhett Ellison and first-round draft pick Evan Engram.
“Whatever happens, I’ll be ready, that’s for sure,” Tye said Thursday after his final preseason game for the Giants. He caught four passes for 48 yards but also had a costly fumble.
The Giants kept four tight ends on their initial roster, holding on to Matt LaCosse and Jerell Adams. LaCosse seemed to be behind Tye on the depth chart until Thursday, when he had five catches for 60 yards and two touchdowns (plus no fumbles).
Tye was the only Giant let go Saturday who was a regular contributor to last year’s team.
“Will is a guy that played a lot of football for us and played well,” Ben McAdoo said. “That was a tough decision to make, but we feel we chose the best four for our football team moving forward. We’re excited to get going with those guys.”
Tye made his NFL debut in October 2015, becoming the first player from Stony Brook to make an active NFL roster and play in a game. He played in 29 regular-season games with 17 starts, catching 90 passes for 859 yards and four TDs. He finished third on the team with 48 catches for 395 yards last year.
The move leaves Stony Brook without an active NFL player for the first time since Oct. 3, 2015. Former Seawolves defensive end Victor Ochi is on injured reserve with the Titans after a preseason knee injury.
Because he was waived, Tye can be claimed by any of the 31 other NFL teams by noon Sunday. If he clears waivers, he will become a free agent.