COULD JEREMY SHOCKEY RETURN TO GIANTS?
"Following a bitter breakup with the New York Giants, could
veteran tight end Jeremy Shockey find his way back onto the
team’s roster this season? Shockey remains without a job, receiving little
interest on the free agent market this year, and according to the
New York Daily News, contacted the franchise in March expressing his desire
to return. New York waived injured tight end Jake Ballard last
week and he was quickly picked up by the New England Patriots.New York had the
intention of re-signing Ballard after waiving him and eventually placing him on
injured reserve for the season.
The Giants acquired former tight end Martellus Bennett in
free agency this year, signing him to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million
dollars. Bennett’s best season with the Dallas Cowboys came in
2010 when he recorded 33 receptions for 260 yards. Bennett reported to Giants
offseason workouts this summer weighing in at 291 pounds, significantly more
than his 265 pound playing weight in years past.
Ballard’s teammate, Travis Beckum is currently rehabbing his
knee after undergoing ACL surgery after the Super Bowl and could start the
season on the PUP list, a move which would ensure that he will miss the first
six games of the regular season.
The Giants currently have five other tight ends on their 90-man offseason
roster. Christian Hopkins, Larry Donnell,
Bear Pascoe, Ryan Purvis and Adrien
Shockey’s best seasons have come during his time with the Giants and will
turn 32 this August. Bennett holds the top tight end position during offseason
workouts, but given the weight issues he brought to camp, one has to wonder if
he can become the vertical threat the Giants are looking for from the tight end
Shockey’s game his diminished with age, but there are few remaining tight
ends left in the free agent market. Shockey burned bridges with his departure
during his first stop with the Giants. Is it possible that the coaching staff
overlooks his past history while filling a possible need for the Giants? If
Bennett struggles, it’s possible that the Giants staff could let bygones be
bygones and make Shockey’s phone ring."