Giants Sign TE Eric Tomlinson

Eric Tomlinson is heading back to New York. The veteran tight end has signed with the Giants, according to ESPN’s Jordan Raanan (via Twitter).

After brief stints with the Eagles and Texans to start his career, the UTEP product spent two-plus seasons with the Jets. He started 24 of his 29 games between the 2017 and 2018 seasons, hauling in a combined 16 receptions for 193 yards and one score.

The 6-foot-6, 263-pound tight end was cut by the Jets at the end of the 2019 preseason. When all was said and done, Tomlinson split the regular season between the Giants, Patriots, and Raiders, hauling in a single one-yard catch in eight games (three starts).

As Raanan points out on Twitter, the Giants will be running a “tight end heavy offense” under new offensive coordinator Jason Garrett. The team is currently rostering six tight ends in Tomlinson, Evan Engram, Levine Toilolo, Kaden Smith, Garrett Dickerson, and C.J. Conrad.

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  1. Perksy

    Why do they need so many TE’s. If looking for depth bring in more pass rushers and Oline.

    • rocky7

      The article and Patriots way of playing kind of says it all…they will be very tight end friendly in their formations and scheme on offense…they’ll need depth at that position and only the cream of these players will actually make the team.
      Another thought…..Engram is definitely not an asset as a blocker, and certainly has shown he can’t stay healthy during the course of the season…whats the sense of having a weapon like him when he can’t stay on the field….he only looks good on paper….it doesn’t seem to translate to the actual playing field. Only my opinion!

    • Perksy

      I know, I guess I’m asking for to much. They should rescind the tag on Williams. $16-17m eating up way to much of the cap. I would also trade back at 4 to acquire more picks. They need so much to help rebuild this team.

      • yanks23

        Amen brother…please call Gettleman ASAP and perhaps we can start moving in a positive direction.

      • rocky7

        Tagging and not being able to come up with a longer term, more cap friendly contract certainly hurts the Giants in Williams case, however he make the D-Line unit an obvious defensive strength, for the G-Men, which lessens one unit that needs to be addressed currently and in the longer term. If you didn’t sign Williams, then you might be looking at a Defensive Tackle in the draft as #1 because that would put the rotational guys they have on the roster that much sooner into the game than you really want. Williams is young, durable, and is a monster run stopper and pretty good at pressure in the pocket….only lacking in actual sack numbers…..that can be addressed either in the draft, through scheme, or a veteran acquisition as we get nearer to camp (hopefully).

        • Perksy

          Yes, but I do not want another Ximines type in the draft. I want an every down defensive disrupter and playmaker that can change the defense. Williams is a nice player but not worth what they will pay him. I remember one of the games towards the end of the season Moose Johnson said Williams is just like the Giants team… they are an almost. And that really stuck. He almost gets the sack, or almost makes the play.

        • crosseyedlemon

          Excellent assessment Rocky and since the Giants will be taking more snaps on defense than offense that is the area that should be upgraded first.

        • jkoms57

          Yep outside pov, William’s is a rare talent and have to pay to keep guys like that around.

          Steelers are paying 18Mil this year to keep Bud Dupree if it makes you feel better.

          Basically you can fill 1 starting position per draft. So if you already have holes, dont make more.

          Steelers need WR/RB in draft, so keeping mediocre Dupree at OLB was essential.. probably similar situation in NY with Leonard

    • wagner13

      Why would the Giants exhaust a first round pick on another tight end when they have Engram for two more years? How about addressing an actual need, like safety or right tackle?

  2. Ramon Garciaparra

    Probably a good bet that the number one rated tight end in the draft will not be a “late round” pick. Giants will probably have two chances to draft him and those picks will be used on other needs like Simmons and an offensive lineman.

    • bobg529

      And that’s fine with me. Engram is a great talent who can’t stay healthy. He’s too brittle for his position. Kinda reminds me of Tucker Fredrickson.

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