Yes, I do believe the starting tight end is in camp. The second part of the question is more complicated. If you’re asking who is literally going to start a game, it depends on the game. If the Giants line up with three wide receivers for their first play, the answer is no tight end will start. If it’s a run, it could be one – or two –players; if it’s a pass, it could be another. Less literally, I assume you want to know who will be considered the team’s No. 1 tight end. Again, I doubt there will be such a concrete designation (though someone will be listed No. 1 on the depth; currently it’s Larry Donnell). Again, it will be a game plan/situation/play-specific scenario. It could be Donnell or Daniel Fells or Adrien Robinson or Kellen Davis or Xavier Grimble. The coaches are looking at all of them in a variety of position – on the line, as an H-back or fullback, as a receiver – and will decide who to keep and how to utilize them. The preseason games will be very interesting and important for the tight ends.
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No, I’ve not heard that the coaches are contemplating that move. Beason was extremely productive last season at middle linebacker, which is a natural leadership position. Beason is a team leader and I think the coaches want to keep him in the middle of the defense. And let’s not forget, McClain is a very good outside linebacker.
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Can we at least get to the regular season before we attach nicknames to a position group? I do think the Giants could have a versatile and productive backfield with the three players you mentioned. But I would never limit them to those specific roles. Wilson or Williams might start and be the No. 1 back in some games. Jennings is certainly capable of picking up the tough yards on short-yardage plays and any of the three can carry the ball in the fourth quarter. That’s part of what makes this trio so good.
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