With Bear Pascoe having so many jobs and responsibilities on the Giants, Tom Coughlin said Friday that he would be a difficult player to replace with only one person. So now they're adding another to the mix.
The Giants activated tight end Travis Beckum from the physically unable to perform list Saturday, bolstering the tight end unit further, even though Pascoe might be able to play Sunday against the Steelers. Pascoe is listed as questionable after practicing Friday and will test his sprained ankle before the game to see if he can play.
If not, it will fall to Beckum -- who suffered an ACL tear in the Super Bowl and has practiced with the team for only two weeks -- and rookie Adrien Robinson to fill in for him.
"Nobody on our team does what Bear does," tight end Martellus Bennett said. "Bear is a utility guy, he fills a lot of roles. If Bear can't go, we'll be missing a lot because Bear does a lot for this team that people don't notice . . . He fills a whole lot of different roles, and I don't think we have anybody who does what he does. Bear has like 30 jobs. Bear probably could play quarterback if we needed him to."
They don't. They just need him to play tight end. And H-back. And fullback. And special teams. And all of the other grunt jobs that Pascoe fills without pomp in any circumstance.
Early in the week, it didn't seem as though he'd be able to play. He suffered what doctors told him was a "low high-ankle sprain" in the second quarter of the Cowboys game. He did not practice Wednesday or Thursday but felt he was getting stronger during those days, and by Friday he was ready to surprise everyone . . . including himself.
"It was a last-minute deal," he said of practicing Friday. "I got on the treadmill and ran for a little while. There wasn't any pain with straight-ahead running."
Then Pascoe went out to practice and caught warm-up passes from the quarterbacks. Instead of stopping after that, though, he kept going. "I made a few cuts and there wasn't a whole lot of pain, so I was like, 'Screw it, I'm going to jump in and try to do as much as I can,' " he said. "I want to know exactly how far I can take it, and it held up great. There were a few things out there that made it a little sore, but for the most part, I'm happy with the progress."
"He's a tough guy," Coughlin said. "He moved around pretty well. [On Thursday], I wouldn't have said he could've done as well, but he did."
To make room for Beckum on the 53-man roster, the Giants waived guard Mitch Petrus.
Meanwhile, Robinson has been waiting his turn. Described as "the JPP of tight ends" by general manager Jerry Reese when the Giants drafted him in April, he has been learning the offense and refining his skills. He's also learning to be patient.
"I'm excited," he said of the possibility of helping to replace Pascoe. "You don't want to get too excited because you never know what can happen. You get excited that you'll play a lot and then you might not play. And then you don't want to get down thinking you might not play and then you play. You just try to stay level-headed and be ready for whatever happens."
Even if Pascoe can't go, Robinson wouldn't try to fill all of his roles on offense. He'd probably be limited to the traditional tight end job -- the Y, as they call it. Beckum likely would take over the H-back and fullback jobs.
Then again, perhaps Pascoe will do all of them himself. After all, if there is one person who can handle all of the jobs Pascoe does, it would be Pascoe.