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Giants Now: Several Giants take part in TE University


Several Giants take part in Tight End University

The first ever Tight End University took place this past week, as Travis Kelce, George Kittle and Greg Olsen led a positional summit of around 50 of the league's top tight ends in Nashville, Tenn.

The summit was meant to focus on technique, film study, on-field drills, rehab, and recovery. As Kittle told the media last week, "My goal is to bring all these guys together. Tight end is a position where you have to run block, pass pro, run routes, catch the ball, run routes on DB's, you have to get to the second level on linebackers, run routes against safeties – like, you kind of have to do everything. So why not bring all the world's best to one location and then learn from each other."

The Giants were well-represented at the first ever TE summit. Evan Engram, Kyle Rudolph, Kaden Smith, and Levine Toilolo were all in attendance for the festivities in Nashville.

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Fact or Fiction: Toughest stretch on 2021 schedule

The crew debates a variety of topics, including what the toughest stretch is on the Giants' 2021 schedule.

The first half of the Giants' schedule is tougher than the second.

John Schmeelk: Fact - With a 17-game season, there is no true halfway point of the schedule anymore, so let's use the bye week after the ninth game as the demarcation. Despite opening the second half of their season on the road facing the Super Bowl champion Buccaneers, the first half of the Giants' schedule is more difficult. The Giants have four of their toughest road games of the season in New Orleans, Dallas, Kansas City and Washington. They also have to host two of the best defensive teams in the league in the Rams and Broncos. They will also have to deal with what is sure to be an explosive Falcons offense.

Dan Salomone: Fiction - After the bye week, the Giants play on the road five times in the final eight weeks, including back-to-backs at Miami and Los Angeles Chargers and then at Philadelphia and Chicago. That is a tall task as the grind of the NFL season sets in.

Lance Medow: Fact - In the first half of the season, the Giants play three AFC West teams (Broncos, Chiefs, Raiders), three NFC South teams (Falcons, Saints, Panthers), the Rams and two division rivals (Washington, Dallas). From a familiarity standpoint, you only play the AFC West once every four years and two of those teams have established veteran quarterbacks in Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City) and Derek Carr (Las Vegas). Atlanta, New Orleans and Carolina will pose challenges for the Giants' defense given the talent surrounding the quarterbacks, the Rams are one of the most balanced teams in the league and division games are never easy. The second half is no picnic with the defending Super Bowl champion Bucs and a dangerous Chargers team led by last season's offensive rookie of the year (Justin Herbert) but four division games aids the familiarity factor and they will have already played Dallas and Washington earlier.

How tough is the Giants' schedule? Click to view each team's strength of schedule for the 2021 season based on the records of their opponents from 2020.

PFF Senior Analyst Steve Palazzolo on 2021 Giants

Check out the video below to watch Pro Football Focus Senior Analyst Steve Palazzolo join's John Schmeelk on the Giants Huddle podcast to discuss the Giants heading into the 2021 season.

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