The Giants cut tight end Adrien Robinson on Saturday, a source told NJ.com. Robinson was a former fourth-round pick. He caught five passes for 50 yards and one touchdown in 16 games last season.
Giants wide receiver Rueben Randle caught all three of his targets for 36 yards in his team's 31-28 loss to the Cowboys in Week 12.
Eli Manning was locked in on rookie Odell Beckham (10 catches, 146 yards, two TDs) and running back Rashad Jennings (eight catches, 68 yards), and Randle was one of the quarterback's six other targeted receivers to split 11 catches. Tight end Daniel Fells also secured three receptions for 35 yards, while tight end Larry Donnell managed just two receptions for 24 yards. Wide receiver Preston Parker caught one of his three targets for 16 yards, while tight end Adrien Robinson caught his only target for a one-yard touchdown.
Randle, Parker and the team's TE corps should continue to play a complementary role behind Beckham moving forward. The Giants will take on the Jaguars in Week 13.
The Giants got several minor contributions in their Week 6 loss at Philadelphia. Backup running back Peyton Hillis carried five times for 24 yards and caught three of five targets for 28 yards. Tight end Daniel Fells caught two passes for 40 yards but lost a fumble, while tight end Adrien Robinson had a 29-yard catch on two targets.
Wideout Preston Parker had a 6-yard catch.
The Giants backup pass catchers made an impact Thursday against Washington.
Preston Parker was able to haul in three passes for 29 yards. He was targeted five times. Tight end Adrien Robinson caught one pass for 15 yards. Daniel Fells caught two balls, and was the recepient of a 2 yard touchdown. He gained 8 yards on the night.
The group will take on the Falcons Week 5.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin said the team will use several tight ends. None of the contenders for the starting job -- Larry Donnell, Adrien Robinson, Kellen Davis and Daniel Fells -- separated himself.
"That is not necessarily what the plan was," Coughlin said. "But the plan has evolved to that, where people can be utilized for their skills in different ways."
The Newark Star-Ledger believes Giants general manager Jerry Reese insinuated that tight end Adrien Robinson would be a breakout candidate for the team this season. Reese didn't name Robinson specifically but did talk about him as part of the group of tight ends they're hoping to get some good production from this fall.
"We still have some guys that have to prove some things. We have some young players with some dynamic skill sets that can get out there and do it," Reese said. "Adrien Robinson, Larry Donnell, and couple of young tight ends that we like. Those guys have to do out there and do it. I always refer to other people's roster. Julius Thomas only had one catch going into the season. Hopefully we could have a guy that can step out of the shadows and do that for us. They just have to get out there and do it."
Robinson has yet to catch a pass in his NFL career. He's played in just three games.
Adrien Robinson hasn't separated himself from the Giants' other tight ends, and the team "probably" will go with a committee approach, reports The Star-Ledger.
"I think the jury is still out on who the No. 1 tight end is, I think it'll probably be tight end by committee," general manager Jerry Reese said on WFAN. "But there are some really good tight ends, some athletic, big guys who can run and catch the ball.
"Adrien Robinson and Larry Donnell are a couple of young guys who have been on the squad for a couple of years, but have had some injury stuff going on with them. We expect them to be healthy and to be able to pick up the slack here."
Daniel Fells, Xavier Grimble and Kellen Davis are the other tight ends on the roster.
The Giants could open the season with Adrien Robinson as their starting tight end, reports ESPN.
"Well, it's my third year, my weight's down, we've got a new [offensive coordinator], new tight ends coach, everything is fresh," Robinson said. "It's a clean slate, and I'm just ready to go."
The Giants let tight end Brandon Myers leave via free agency and they didn't draft a tight end, creating a big opportunity for third-year pro Adrien Robinson. The 2012 fourth-round pick let his weight get up to 285 last year but says he's now 270 and aiming for 265, reports The Star-Ledger.
"It's just a huge opportunity. They laid a huge opportunity in front of me. I just have to go take it, make the most of it," said Robinson, who has zero catches in two seasons. "I do feel that pressure. I know it's my third year. Like you said, 'it's now or never.' That is my mentality that I'm taking every day."
Tight end was a position of need for the Giants, but they didn't choose one during the draft. That leaves 2012 fourth-round pick Adrien Robinson as the projected starter, reports ESPN.com.
"We weren't going to force any players or overvalue anybody just because people may think we need a tight end," Giants VP of player evaluation Marc Ross told the website. "That's just not the way we operate."
Jermichael Finley and Dustin Keller remain available in free agency.
The Giants could look at reuniting offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo with one or two of his former players to fill their void at tight end, reports the Newark Star-Ledger.
McAdoo, who coached the Packers tight ends for six seasons in Green Bay before taking over as quarterbacks coach the past two seasons, likes using the tight end in his offense. The Giants cut Brandon Myers this offseason, and the Packers have two free agents on the market in Andrew Quarless and Jermichael Finley, who is trying to make a comeback following spinal fusion surgery last season.
Either one could be in play for the Giants, who only have Larry Donnell and Adrien Robinson on the roster. Bear Pascoe is going to be an unrestricted free agent.
The Giants have made DE Jason Pierre-Paul, WR Victor Cruz, TE Adrien Robinson, G Brandon Mosley, QB Ryan Nassib, OL Eric Herman and LB Allen Bradford inactive Week 17.
Pierre-Paul is dealing with a shoulder injury, and did not practice all week. Cruz has been held out with a knee issue.
Giants WR Victor Cruz, S Cooper Taylor, OL Brandon Mosley, DE Jason Pierre-Paul and TE Adrien Robinson have been ruled out Week 17.
All five of the players have not participated in practice throughout the week. Cruz had surgery on his knee, so his status shouldn't come as a surprise.
Giants tight end Adrien Robinson suffered a knee sprain on the opening kickoff of Sunday's game at Detroit in Week 16. He was carted off and taken to the locker room for X-Rays and ruled out for the remainder of the game.
Giants quarterback Ryan Nassib, cornerback Corey Webster (ankle), safety Cooper Taylor (hamstring), defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder), linebacker Allen Bradford, offensive lineman Stephen Goodin and tight end Adrien Robinson were listed as the team's inactives Week 15 vs. Seattle.
The Giants have ruled the following players inactive for Sunday's contest against the Chargers in Week 14: quarterback Ryan Nassib, defensive back Corey Webster, running back Brandon Jacobs, defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, linebacker Allen Bradford, tight end Adrien Robinson and offensive lineman Stephen Goodin.
The Giants listed these players as inactive for the game at Washington: defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder), cornerback Corey Webster (ankle), running back Brandon Jacobs (knee), cornerback Trumaine McBride (groin), guard Stephen Goodin, tight end Adrien Robinson and quarterback Ryan Nassib.
The Giants have made QB Ryan Nassib, CB Corey Webster, RB Peyton Hillis, OL Dallas Reynolds, DT Markus Kuhn, TE Adrien Robinson and WR Hakeem Nicks inactive Week 12 against the Cowboys.
Nicks was questionable heading into the game, but expected to play. Webster was the only player ruled out on Friday's injury report.
The Giants have ruled the following players inactive for Week 11 against the Packers: quarterback Ryan Nassib, defensive back Corey Webster, running back Peyton Hillis, running back Allen Bradford, guard Dallas Reynolds, defensive lineman Markus Kuhn and tight end Adrien Robinson.
In addition to running back Brandon Jacobs (hamstring, knee), the Giants' list of inactives for Week 10 against the Raiders includes defensive back Corey Webster (groin, ankle), tight end Adrien Robinson (foot), defensive back Jayron Hosley (hamstring), defensive lineman Markus Kuhn, quarterback Ryan Nassib and offensive lineman Dallas Reynolds. Kuhn, Nassib and Reynolds are all healthy scratches.