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What the Giants Could Use is a Jeremy Shockey Type of Tight End
by November 30, 1999 @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Aug 11th 2008 7:11PM by Tom Mantzouranis (author feed)
Filed under: Giants, NFC EastChampionships usually tend to give people trophy goggles — the romanticized sense that a player is better than in reality.

Kevin Boss, in particular, was a pleasant surprise for the late-season Giants. During the stretch leading them to Lombardi, almost everything went well for him. But that’s the thing: everything went well for the Giants, period. You can’t use that sample size to project the future, because that sample size was probably an anomaly. An exaggeration, at the least.

Which is why I winced when the Giants hitched their apple wagon to Boss’ star, shipping Jeremy Shockey off. And though I guess it’s true that they had to dump Shockey no matter what, it seems a bit dubious of the team and its fans to expect Boss to live up to the myth that has built around him.

So it’s not surprising, to me, to hear offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride pepper his enthusiasm with a ton of caution in discussing the position. You would never expect Gilbride to flat-out criticize the group, but he makes it clear that they have a lot of improving to do, noting that they don’t have one guy who can “do it all.”

Of course, they had one of those guys. And they decided that it was best for the team to go with Boss. Which is fine, morale plays a large part in team success, and Boss helps it. If you’re expecting him to be an elite tight end this season on top of that, well, you’re probably setting yourself up for a let down.

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