When the New York Giants chosen tight finish Daniel Bellinger within the fourth spherical of the 2022 NFL draft, many felt it was a little bit of a attain. That was a typical theme for many of the workforce’s mid-round picks.
However, all through OTAs and minicamp, it rapidly grew to become obvious what the Giants noticed in Bellinger. Not solely was he studious, clever and sound as a blocker, he additionally possesses strong fingers and rapidly developed as a receiver.
Bellinger can also be powerful as nails, which is why Brady Hoke initially tried to recruit him as a defensive participant.
“I think No. 1, his toughness,” Hoke told The Giants Huddle podcast. “We pleasure ourselves about being powerful and bodily as a soccer workforce on each side of the ball and the kicking sport.
“I tried recruiting him on the defensive side of the ball — part of that was the toughness that he has, his skillset as far as fundamentally and [the] techniques of blocking at the point of attack. We were a Big 12 personnel team, and he fit everything we needed from him, whether it be on the line or off the line.”
Hoke believes that Bellinger is simply now scratching the floor of his receiving capability. At 6-foot-5 and 253 kilos, he’s an enormous goal and his toughness offers him an added edge.
“No. 1, it comes down to competitiveness and the competitor running correct routes, your release from the line of scrimmage,” stated Hoke. “I believe all of these issues are issues that goes again to Dan and Dan’s No. 1 management, his expectations and requirements, that he has for himself. I’ve been teaching for a very long time, and he’s a kind of guys that you simply want you had extra of them through the years…
“He’s a competitor. He’s going to be physical. He’s going to have a mindset that those 50-50 balls, whatever you want to call them, he’s going to fight like hell to come down with the football.”
The Giants are skinny at tight finish and will actually profit from Bellinger’s potential emergence. He seems to be the odds-on favourite to begin the season and is poised to contribute in a lot of methods.