Why the Giants Defense Struggles Against Opposing Tight Ends

October 2, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Kansas City Chiefs backup tight end Sean McGrath probably won’t be mentioned very often in the same sentence as Jason Witten (Dallas Cowboys), Julius Thomas (Denver Broncos) and Greg Olsen (Carolina Panthers). 
However, McGrath became the latest tight end to find statistical success against the New York Giants defense. He finished with five receptions (on five targets) for 64 yards and one touchdown to lead the Chiefs in both receptions and receiving yards on the way to victory in Week 4.
McGrath’s success shines a brighter spotlight on an ongoing problem the Giants have had beyond this season against opposing tight ends.  
How bad has it been for the Giants defense?
Through four games, opposing tight ends have contributed an average of 22 percent of their team’s receiving yards, the breakdown of which is shown above.   Of the 10 receiving touchdowns allowed by the Giants defense this season, the tight ends have accounted for four, o...

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