On The Bubble: Ryan Malleck
Another big body in New York’s tight end room, the 6’4″ 247 lbs Ryan Malleck turned in 62 catches for 658 yards and four touchdowns during his career at Virginia Tech.
Though not the vocal point of Virginia Tech’s offense, Malleck was solid all season when called upon, displaying traits as an above average receiver and average blocker.
Brought in as a priority undrafted free agent this offseason, the Giants have so far loved what they have seen in Malleck so far.
The former Hookies starter reportedly caught everything thrown his way this spring, and Big Blue is looking forward to seeing what he will be able to do once training camp gets under way.
— James Kratch (@JamesKratch) June 6, 2016
Malleck’s big question mark will be how he contributes as a blocker. With the tight ends at the bottom of a team’s depth chart being called upon mostly in heavy sets on running downs, he will need to improve as a run blocker if he hops to wind up on the 53-man roster this season.
A die hard Giants fan growing up, Malleck is a capable blocker already but will need to show he can clear space rather than just engage his opponent.
The tight end battle is crowded already, and though the previously projected sixth round pick by NFL.com shows a lot of promise, the Giants simply don’t have space on the roster this season for Malleck.
Hopefully they can wind up stashing him on their practice squad this season.