October 21, 2012; Foxboro, MA USA; New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) and tight end Daniel Fells (86) prior to a game against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

New York Giants giving Daniel Fells first-team reps

The New York Giants projected starter at tight end is high-upside sleeper Adrien Robinson, who is a sleeper no longer thanks to a couple of offseasons of hype. Critics point to Robinson’s career total of zero receptions, whereas Giants GM Jerry Reese made sure to point out today that Denver Broncos stud tight end Julius Thomas had just one career reception before his monstrous 2013 campaign. Can Robinson become the next Thomas or Jordan Cameron? He has the physical tools, but we all know it takes more than just tools to excel.

According to NJ.com’s Jordan Ranaan, the Giants are giving veteran Daniel Fells the first-team reps for the second straight day, as the former St. Louis Rams, New England Patriots, and Broncos TE’s experience currently has him atop the depth chart to start camp. This might be a mere formality on Tom Coughlin’s part, but it’s symbolic that Robinson will have to work for his starting gig. He has way more upside than Fells, but Fells has also accomplished more in this league.

Robinson and Fells have clearly different career tracks (one is a young pass-catcher with plenty of potential, whereas the other is a veteran blocker with little upside), and it makes me wonder if their differing playing styles means that there won’t be a “true” starter. This could end up being a situation where the Giants use both in varying scenarios until somebody, preferably Robinson, shows that they deserve the vast majority of the reps. This is an interesting situation to monitor, and Robinson could end up starting the season as the TE2 before working his way up.

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