The New York Giants have re-signed tight end Scott Simonson to a new one-year deal on Tuesday, according to sources.
Looks like the New York Giants will get one of their better run-blockers back in 2019.
— Matt Lombardo (@MattLombardoNFL) February 19, 2019
Having previously played for the Oakland Raiders and Carolina Panthers, 2018 was the first year Simonson played for Big Blue. He played in all 16 games for the Giants and started in four of them.
Being that Simonson was the third-string tight end behind Evan Engram and Rhett Ellison, Simon was mostly used as a run-blocker. According to Pro Football Focus, Simonson posted a run-blocking grade of 56.4 in 2018.
However, there were moments where Simonson got some action in the passing game. This past season he caught nine passes for 86 yards and a touchdown. The lone score came in the Giants 28-27 Week 16 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
At the end of the regular season in December, Giants head coach Pat Shurmur had some positive things to say about Simonson.
“I’m fond of him for the reasons I’m fond of football players,” Shurmur said. “He’s tough, he’s competitive, he’s resilient, he does everything we ask him to do, and he’s a battler. This is my first experience with Scott. We have guys in the building that have been with him in a previous lifetime, Mike Shula and Dave Gettleman and those guys. It’s their opinion that he’s playing his best ball, so that’s a credit to him.”
Maybe 2019 will be a productive year for Simonson on the Giants that can turn into a longer deal in the future. But for right now, congratulations to the young tight end. He’s deserved it.