The Giants were expecting big things from Travis Beckum this year. But offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said that the third-year tight end has not developed quickly because of his injuries. He missed the first two games this season with a hamstring issue and has had injuries for most of his career.
“He has been slowed down a lot so right now he is still very much at the learning stage,” Gilbride said today. “He has been hampered. Every time you see him coming along there is something that rises up and sets him back, so he is still at the beginning of the curve.”
What do the Giants want to see from Beckum. Simple, really.
“We are hoping that he can get open and catch the ball,” Gilbride said.
There are some who think Beckum could be the Giants’ answer to their lack of a slot player. The Giants are still searching for that player, although Victor Cruz certainly showed on Sunday that he can be a playmaker.
Perhaps if Beckum could become a tight end like Dustin Keller or Kellen Winslow, he could take that job.
“It would be nice to have a tight end that can do that,” Gilbride said. “That was not even Kevin Boss’s thing. Kevin was a unique tight end. The further up the field, the more special he became. You would love to have the guy that is working from the line of scrimmage to 15-18 yards down the field, inside, is an effective player for us. Over the last few years, it has been the slot position but some people do it with their backs. Some people do it with their slots. We will do it with whomever. We are always looking for someone to play or fill that role effectively and efficiently.”