EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The Giants today added a much-needed tight end to their roster when they signed Bear Pascoe off their practice squad.
To make room for Pascoe the Giants released third-year linebacker Bryan Kehl
Starting tight end Kevin Boss suffered a concussion when hit from behind by safety Sherrod Martin early in the first quarter in Sunday's season-opening victory over the Carolina Panthers. His status is uncertain for this week's prime time game against the Colts in Indianapolis. The Giants had only one other tight end on the roster, second-year pro Travis Beckum.
Pascoe, 6-5 and 251 pounds, was signed to the Giants' practice squad last Sept. 15 after being released at the end of training camp by the San Francisco 49ers (who drafted him on the sixth round out of Fresno State). Pascoe joined the active roster on Dec. 4 and played in four games. He caught one pass for nine yards.
Pascoe distinguished himself in training camp last month by remaining healthy when the other four tight ends then on the roster were unable to practice because of injuries. Coach Tom Coughlin praised Pascoe for his perseverance and stamina and for enabling the team to work on many facets of the offense despite the injuries at tight end. Pascoe played in all four preseason games, but did not catch a pass. He was released on Sept. 4 and signed to the practice squad the following day.
Kehl had three special teams tackles (two solo) in the Carolina game. He joined the Giants as a fourth-round draft choice in 2008 and played in 31 games with three starts. Last year, Kehl tied Zak DeOssie for the team lead with 16 special teams tackles. In his first two years, he had 32 tackles (19 solo) and an interception on defense.