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August 29, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants tight end Adrien Robinson (81) is brought down by New England Patriots defensive back James Ihedigbo (44) during the third quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

New York Giants' giant tight end conundrum

The New York Giants installed an offense under new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo that relies heavily on tight ends for production, which would be a great game plan. Except, there’s one problem: the Giants don’t have a reliable tight end.

Their rostered tight ends are as follows: Adrien Robinson, Larry Donnell, Daniel Fells, Kellen Davis and Xavier Grimble.

“Right now, we’re looking for that complete tight end who can do it all,” Giants tight ends coach Kevin M. Gilbride said Monday, via ESPN New York.

Unfortunately for Gilbride, he’s going to have to look beyond his roster for the aforementioned “complete” tight end.

“But we also need guys who are role players — guys who can be specialists in certain areas,” he said. “If he’s best at executing a certain block, he’s going to have the opportunity to make that block in the game. If he’s best at running a certain route, he’s going to have the opportunity to run that route in a game. So you need to have that all-around tight end, and then you also need to have specialists, guys who are great at a particular role.”

So the players that he’s currently got rostered are, in fact, those role players. He seems to be missing the point, however. The point person at the tight end position is still missing. They don’t come easy in the NFL either. Some of them even think they’re wide receivers. Gilbride stayed optimistic.

“I think right now, they’ve all got a shot at doing it,” Gilbride said. “They’re all very good in certain areas right now and not as efficient or as good in other areas. In order to become that all-around tight end, they need to continue to develop.”

Paging Jermichael Finley. Paging Dustin Keller.

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