After rolling with Freddie Kitchens as the tight end coach for the New York Giants the past two seasons, the team is moving in a different direction, bringing on Andy Bischoff, formally of the Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans.
Andy Bischoff will be the new TEs coach of the Giants on Brian Daboll's staff, @FootballScoop is reporting.
Bischoff was with David Culley in Houston last season and the previous six seasons with the Ravens before that.
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According to FootballScoop, Bischoff accepted the TE spot with New York, bringing essential experience and success developing players with him. The Giants don’t have many tight ends under contract, with Evan Engram hitting free agency and Kyle Rudolph expected to be released, saving the Giants a healthy $5 million in salary space.
However, Bischoff was a key component in helping Mark Andrews become one of the best, if not the best, tight end in football.
Andrews has progressively gotten better over his four-year career in Baltimore, having his best campaign in 2021 as a first-team All-Pro member. Back in 2019, Andrews recorded his first Pro Bowl appearance, earning 852 yards and 10 touchdowns, a career-high.
Looking back at Bischoff‘s background, he served as an offensive assistant with the Ravens from 2015 through 2020. He coached with David Culley in Baltimore for two years, in which the Ravens enjoyed a 25–7 record. He played center at the University of South Dakota from 1990 to 1994. He also served as the TE coach for the Chicago Bears in 2013 and 2014, showcasing his experience at the position.
It is entirely possible the Giants look to the mid-rounds for a potential TE solution, where other teams have found success. Notable players include George Kittle and Travis Kelce.
This year, the TE class is considered thin, but there are some quality players who could be in the mix during the 2nd/3rd round. Jalen Wydermyer out of Texas A&M stands out as the 50th ranked prospect, per CBS.
Another name is Cole Turner out of Nevada and Jeremy Ruckert out of Ohio State. Ruckert, specifically, is an intriguing option at 6’5″ and 250-pounds. Ruckert is a fantastic pass catcher from the TE position, offering quarterback Daniel Jones an option off the line of scrimmage. He’s also a willing blocker, containing a bit of explosion that may not be visible until the play is underway.
Something that coaches will love about Ruckert is his motor and work ethic, putting everything he has into every block, making him a high effort and coachable player. Similar to Andrews earlier in his career, Bischoff might have the perfect knowledge to help Ruckert expand upon his receiving talents, which would give the Giants an advantage on offense.