Tight Ends put emphasis on improving run blocking

Posted Aug 29, 2016

TE Will Tye discusses his performance as a blocker this preseason:  

Aside from the Eli’s and Odell’s of the league, no one breathes easily during cut-down week.

But that doesn’t mean Will Tye, unlike last year, can’t take a tiny gasp before the final push.

In 2015, Tye was the longest of longshots, navigating his way from the undrafted ranks to being cut to making the practice squad to being promoted to the active roster to leading all rookie tight ends in receptions and receiving yards. If those odds weren’t slim enough, he also became the first player in Stony Brook history to play in the NFL.

Now it’s time to do it all over again. The Giants, along with the 31 other clubs around the league, must reduce their roster to 75 players by 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 30. They must get to 53 players by the same time on Saturday.

“It’s different,” Tye said today. “Last year I was definitely nervous and I didn’t know what was going on. I have a little more confidence definitely, I can feel it.”

However, judging from coach Ben McAdoo’s comments coming out of the third preseason game, even a Canton-bound tight end might not be safe this week.

After the Giants rushed for 39 yards on 20 carries in the 21-20 victory over the Jets, the head coach said it was more than the offensive line. McAdoo also pointed to the tight ends, a position he coached for six years in Green Bay.

“Run blocking is something that we need to improve on,” McAdoo said. “It's not just the offensive line, it's the tight ends, it's everybody who's included.”

Message received.

“Constructive, good criticism,” Tye said. “You need that definitely to move forward. You need that.”

Added Tye: “You have to get better, improve. Come out to practice the next day, pay attention in the film room, watch more film. Details, definitely. First step, second step, everything about it.”

As much as it can be in the preseason, Saturday’s game was the ultimate test against last year’s No. 2 run defense. The Jets allowed just 83.4 yards per game on the ground in 2015 and a league-low four rushing touchdowns.

“Once again, film work. You look at your certain game or practice that you missed a few blocks at,” Tye said. “Your hand placement, whether it’s too high or too low, and your footwork. That’s really important not just in route running but in blocking.”