Originally posted on The Bay Cave  |  Last updated 4/17/13
Many have debated the importance or necessity of the Bucs drafting a tight end in next week’s draft. The Buccaneers have needs elsewhere on the roster — like the ever popular cornerback and defensive line positions — so some may frown upon Tampa Bay taking a tight end in the first round. Although some may not agree with the decision, it should also not be a surprise if they select one of the top two tight ends on the board. The Buccaneers offense carries similarities to what the New York Giants run under the offensive play calling of Kevin Gilbride. Since Gilbride started calling plays in 2007, the Giants have had decent tight ends like Kevin Boss, Jeremy Shockey, and Martellus Bennet. The following is how they have done statistically while with the Giants. Jeremy Shockey (2007): 57 receptions, 619 yards, three touchdowns Kevin Boss (2008 – 2010 average): 37 receptions, 494 yards, 16 touchdowns in three seasons Jake Ballard (2011): 38 receptions, 604 yards, four touchdowns Martellus...
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