How can any offense be better without a pass-catching tight end that can stretch the middle of the field, yet is tough enough to block the edge for the run game? Shockey can be a pain off the field, and he works out on his own schedule in Miami, but he's a gamer.
When he's healthy, he gives it all on Sunday.
That's what the New Orleans Saints are getting in Shockey, who they traded to get Monday. The Saints gave up two draft picks, a second and a fifth next year, to get Shockey from the Giants.
Adding Shockey's ability to create problems in the middle of the field will add another dimension to one of the league's best passing game. Saints coach Sean Payton is the best play-caller in the league, and with Shockey he will be even better.
Payton has helped Drew Brees throw for over 4,000 yards the past two seasons and that's with limited help in terms of weapons. Adding Shockey and the hoped improvement of 2007 first-round pick Robert Meachem will make the offense even better.
The Giants had issues with Shockey's propensity to sometimes be in the wrong place at the wrong time, but you can bet Payton will remedy that.
Giving up a second-round pick is a high price. But Shockey is worth it -- if he can stay on the field.
He might have a big mouth and he can be a distraction, but I want guys like Shockey on my team. Sunday is all that matters.
Now we'll find out if the Giants truly are better without Shockey.
Here's a bet that they're not.