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Stony Brook's Will Tye catches on with Giants as tight end

Will Tye is seen during Giants rookie minicamp

Will Tye is seen during Giants rookie minicamp at the team's training facility in East Rutherford, N.J. on May 8, 2015. Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Will Tye was supposed to try out for the Chiefs. They were the team that first invited him to their minicamp when he went undrafted last week and the team he first committed to.

Until the Giants called earlier this week.

They asked if the tight end from Stony Brook University would come to their tryout this weekend, a few days before the Chiefs were scheduled to hold theirs.

"I was like, 'Definitely! Why not?' " Tye said of the invitation. "I just drove here, it was an easy process."

And it turned out to be a successful one.

After opening eyes and impressing coaches during two practices, Tye wound up being one of the tryouts at this camp who was offered a free-agent contract, which happened Saturday night. His agent tweeted the deal. His signing is expected to be announced by the Giants Sunday.

It is unclear who will be waived to make room for him as the Giants adjust the bottom of their 90-man roster.

"My head was spinning, but not as much as I thought it would be," Tye said Saturday. "I went over it a lot [Friday] night in the meeting room. I was able to translate that to the field. It went pretty good."

Tye brings size and speed to the position, which is what the Giants are clearly looking for. They also signed undrafted free agent Matt Lacosse (6-5, 261) out of Illinois. Together they will compete with a tight end group that includes returning starter Larry Donnell, 2012's fourth-round draft pick Adrian Robinson, who has yet to meet the expectations set for him when he was selected, and veteran Daniel Fells.

The Giants have spent the last several years trying to find (and more importantly keep) a solid tight end. They've had a string of one-year players from Jake Ballard to Martellus Bennett to Brandon Myers to Donnell.

Coach Tom Coughlin has spoken about his desire to see better blocking at the position this season. If Tye or Lacosse can provide that, they might be next in line for the starting job.

Tye, a 6-2, 262-pounder, finished his college career at Stony Brook but he was originally recruited by and played his first three years and two seasons at Florida State. In fact, he was teammates there with the Giants' seventh-round pick, Bobby Hart.

Tye is known for his speed. He ran a 4.57 40-yard dash at his pro day (he was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine). He had 34 catches for 495 yards and three touchdowns at Stony Brook last season and also was a punt returner for the Seawolves, a rare assignment for tight ends.

Tye wasn't the only Stony Brook product at this weekend's camp. Michael Bamiro, an offensive lineman who was signed to the practice squad late last season and kept on with a reserve/futures contract when the 2014 season ended, was also on the field.

So as the Giants move forward, they'll have two Seawolves.

And the Chiefs will have none.

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