Monday, April 5, 2010

A Temple TE

According to the National Football Post, Temple's Steve Maneri, rated as one of the top blocking tight ends in the draft, has already worked out for the Giants and will also be visiting the Eagles and Jets.

Maneri probably came with a strong recommenation from the Giants' new offensive quality control coach, Kevin Gilbride, Jr., who coached tight ends at Temple before he joined his offensive coordinator father, Kevin Sr., in the Meadowlands. Now that Darcy Johnson is gone, the Giants would probably be interested in a down-the-draft kind of guy like Maneri, at least to provide some depth and competition behind Scott Chandler and Bear Pascoe.

Travis Beckum is also on the tight end depth chart, but he's really more of an H-back, and a pass-catcher at that.

Maneri has moderately good hands, too, as the 6-foot-6, 275-pounder caught 12 passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns last year. But he only caught 38 passes in a four-year career, as his job was working the point of attack. The NFP also said there is some talk of him bulking up and moving to tackle.

Pro Day results that included a 4.84 40 might have been good enough to move him into seventh-round territory, but don't be surprised if the Giants make a run at him as an undrafted free agent.


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