Will Tye flashed open three plays into the Giants' game-opening touchdown drive Monday night in Philadelphia. The rookie tight end from Stony Brook took Eli Manning's short pass on a big 17-yard ride, then was open over the middle two plays later for 5 more yards.
The week before that, Tye played Sunday night at MetLife Stadium against San Francisco and grabbed four passes for 48 yards.
Against Buffalo a week earlier, he dropped the only pass thrown to him but became the first Stony Brook alum to compete in an NFL game.
He's loving every second of the ride with a team that's 3-3 headed into Sunday's home date with Dallas.
"I'm thinking, 'What a time to be alive. What a time to be on the Giants and be able to help and contribute,' " Tye said Friday about playing on those large stages. "It feels real good."
The 6-2, 262-pound undrafted free agent has those six catches to show for his three games since moving up from the practice squad. Daniel Fells went on injured reserve Oct. 5 so Tye is the second tight end, and he made his first start in the loss to the Eagles that followed the win over the 49ers.
"To be honest with you, he's done a good job as a receiver," Tom Coughlin said. "He's worked his way from the line of scrimmage into some open voids and we've gotten him the ball. I think he's a powerful man who can be a better blocker, and hopefully that's going to happen for him."
After catching one pass in eight games during two active seasons at Florida State, the Connecticut native yearned to play more and transferred to Stony Brook, catching 79 passes in two seasons. He even returned punts.
Tye returned to LaValle Stadium last Saturday for homecoming and was a virtual homecoming king.
"The love and support I get just from going there for two years, just from the whole community itself, I'm basically like a hometown hero," Tye said. "I couldn't just be by myself for one second, but it was good."
Tye's story so far is a win.
"It shows a lot of people just need a chance or an opportunity," he said. "If you get that, you've got to be sure to be ready and excel at it, take advantage of any opportunity you get."
Notes & quotes: Defensive end Robert Ayers (hamstring), out the last four games, and linebacker Devon Kennard (hamstring), out the last two, are probable. "I'm ready to go," Kennard said . . . Jon Beason (knee) is probable, but fellow middle linebacker Uani 'Unga (neck) is questionable . . . Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) is questionable but is expected to play, and fellow receiver Victor Cruz (calf) is out . . . Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant (foot) is doubtful . . . The NFL confirmed that DE Damontre Moore was fined $20,000 for his late hit and body slam of Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford on Monday night.