Daniel Bellinger discusses experience at Tight End University
Rookie Daniel Bellinger is competing at training camp to be the Giants' starting tight end.
Earlier this summer, Bellinger spent time learning from some of the top players in the NFL at his position while attending Tight End University in Nashville.
"It was unreal, because a year ago I'm watching these guys on TV, waiting for the opportunity," Bellinger told The Post. "The next year I'm talking to these guys, chopping it up, talking about football and seeing how they do things. It was really cool."
Following the team's spring workouts in East Rutherford, Bellinger made the trip down to Vanderbilt University to take part in the second annual tight ends summit.
Kansas City's Travis Kelce, San Francisco's George Kittle, Las Vegas' Darren Waller and a ton of other tight ends, from rookies to veterans and even a few retired players such as Greg Olsen and Dallas Clark, were all there to help each other improve.
Bellinger told The Post how much he benefitted from spending a few days with his fellow tight ends.
"Seeing how they do it," Bellinger stated about what he learned during the summit. "They're so technical in details that once I'm able to work on those fine details, it's so small, one step can get you 5 yards of separation for a 10-, 20-yard gain."
The rookie was used primarily as a blocker while at San Diego State, finishing his collegiate career with a total of 68 receptions for 771 yards and five touchdowns. The limited usage as a receiver led to him being a fourth-round pick (No. 112 overall) in this year's draft, but the team has noted the 21-year-old's potential in the passing game.
Head Coach Brian Daboll helped the growth of Bills tight end Dawson Knox over the last few years. Knox was drafted in the third round by Buffalo in 2019 after only 39 receptions at Ole Miss. In his third NFL season last year, he caught nine touchdowns. The Giants are hoping for a similar development from Bellinger.
"I got this question a lot in college, the numbers, the numbers," Bellinger responded when asked about his collegiate receiving totals. "How I look at it is, 'How can you help a team win,' right? If that means me getting 1,000 yards receiving, OK, but if that means me getting 100 yards receiving and having to put my hand in the dirt — whatever it takes for us to win is how I see it. In college, we didn't get that many numbers but we had the most wins this last season, so for me it's about winning and whatever it took to win."
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In a corresponding move, cornerback Jarren Williams (hamstring) was waived/injured.
Wilson, 28, is a 6-1, 209-pounder who played his first five years for the Jacksonville Jaguars and split the 2021 season between the Jets and San Francisco 49ers. He has played in 84 regular-season games with 33 starts and played in four postseason games, including three for the Jaguars in 2017, when they advanced to the AFC Championship Game.
Wilson's career totals include 176 tackles (126 solo), 12 tackles for loss, three interceptions, nine passes defensed, 1.0 sack, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. In the playoffs, he has two passes defensed.
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