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Giants’ Theo Johnson: May start as a rookie

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Johnson and Daniel Bellinger will compete to be the Giants‘ top tight end after Darren Waller decided to retire, NJ.com’s Darryl Slater reports.

Johnson ran a 4.57 40 at the combine while checking in at 6-foot-6, 259 pounds, vaulting him to the early fourth round of the 2024 Draft (107th overall) even though he never topped 341 receiving yards in four seasons at Penn State. He did score 11 TDs over his final two years, and there’s a nice opportunity for immediate playing time in New York following Waller’s retirement. Bellinger is a 2022 fourth-round pick who entered the NFL with a similar profile, having run a 4.63 40 at 6-5, 253, after never topping 357 yards or three TDs in a season during his four years at San Diego State. Bellinger has played 1,262 snaps on offense through two years in the NFL while catching 55 of 63 career targets (87.3 percent), but his low rate of targets per route (12.3 percent) and lack of big performances (single-game high of 43 yards) suggests he may fit better as a No. 2 tight end long term. Johnson thus seems like the more intriguing prospect for fantasy, although he comes with some of the same concerns and is only five months younger than Bellinger.

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