Eric Tomlinson

Eric Tomlinson

Tight End #83
Team: New York Giants
Ht / Wt:6'6" / 261 lb.
College:UTEP
Age:28
Born:April 22, 1992
Drafted:2015 / UDFA

Eric Tomlinson: Rejoins Giants

Tomlinson signed a contract with the Giants on Saturday, Paul Schwartz of the New York Post reports.

Analysis: Tomlinson spent time on four teams in 2019 -- including the Giants -- and totaled one catch for one yard in eight games. The 27-year-old figures to be fighting for a roster spot as a reserve tight end come training camp.

March 28, 2020 6:10 PM EST

Eric Tomlinson: One catch in eight games

Tomlinson caught his only target for one yard in eight games between the Giants, Patriots and Raiders this season.

Analysis: The 27-year-old actually entered training camp with the Jets, but he was let go at roster cutdowns and subsequently joined the Giants for a few weeks. Tomlinson was again let go, only to join the Patriots and start two games before being released and eventually signing with the Raiders in December. He has yet to be a significant producer in the passing game, totaling 17 catches for 194 yards and one touchdown over the first four seasons of his career. Tomlinson will become an unrestricted free agent in March and will continue to be viewed as a reserve option at tight end.

January 28, 2020 2:38 PM EST

Eric Tomlinson: Signs with Raiders

Tomlinson was signed by the Raiders on Wednesday.

Analysis: Tomlinson spent time with both the Giants and Patriots earlier this season, but the reserve tight end saw just one target in five total games. The Raiders have been forced to bolster their depth at the position in a timely manner after placing rookie Foster Moreau (knee) on IR this week.

December 11, 2019 5:46 PM EST

Eric Tomlinson: Role TBD

Belichick indicated that the team still is determining how to best work Tomlinson's skill set into the offense, Zack Cox of NESN reports. "We'll see," Belichick noted of the tight end's potential role. "He's a bigger guy, has blocking ability. He has been in the backfield. He's played on the line of scrimmage."

Analysis: In 39 career NFL contests, the 6-foot-6, 263-pounder has recorded 16 catches for 193 yards and a TD, so it's not likely that Tomlinson will make much of a fantasy splash with New England. He should, however, help out as a blocker and brings some versatility to the table, given that he's played some fullback in the past.

October 17, 2019 12:30 PM EST

Eric Tomlinson: Finds new home in New England

The Patriots signed Tomlinson on Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: In the wake of Matt LaCosse suffering an MCL sprain last Thursday against the Giants, the Patriots' tight end group was whittled down to just one healthy body (Ryan Izzo). Reinforcements thus were needed, with Tomlinson and reportedly Ben Watson brought into the fold. Tomlinson doesn't bring much pass-catching utility, though, as he has 16 career catches in 39 appearances between the Jets and Giants.

October 15, 2019 9:33 AM EST

Eric Tomlinson: Let go by Giants

The Giants waived Tomlinson on Tuesday, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.

Analysis: The Giants needed more depth at linebacker, so they signed Nate Stupar and cut Tomlinson. He wasn't targeted over three games, as Evan Engram figures to be a workhorse at tight end. If Tomlinson clears waivers, he may land on the Giants' practice squad.

September 24, 2019 1:32 PM EST

Eric Tomlinson: No targets Week 1

Tomlinson was not targeted in Sunday's 35-17 loss to the Giants.

Analysis: The 27-year-old played only two offensive snaps Sunday and was clearly outpaced by top backup Rhett Ellison (22 snaps). Tomlinson signed with the Giants last week after being cut by the Jets and figures to remain in a reserve role with his new team.

September 9, 2019 1:49 PM EST

Eric Tomlinson: Latches on with Giants

Tomlinson signed a contract with the Giants on Sunday.

Analysis: Tomlinson spent the last three seasons with the Jets but didn't make it through roster cutdowns this year. The 27-year-old had eight catches for 72 yards in 15 games in 2018.

September 2, 2019 10:02 AM EST

Eric Tomlinson: Cut by Jets

Tomlinson was released by the Jets on Saturday, Randy Lange of the Jets' official site reports.

Analysis: Tomlinson played three seasons for the Jets, accumulating 16 catches for 193 yards and one touchdown. With Chris Herndon serving a four-game suspension to start the year, the Jets are currently somewhat thin at the tight end position, though signings could occur in between now and Week 1.

August 31, 2019 2:23 PM EST

Eric Tomlinson: Staying in New York

Tomlinson re-signed with the Jets on Tuesday, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports.

Analysis: Tomlinson started 24 games the past two seasons but caught just 16 passes on 764 snaps. He figures to reprise his role as a run blocker while Chris Herndon handles most of the receiving work.

March 19, 2019 9:44 AM EST

Eric Tomlinson: Non-tendered by Jets

Tomlinson was not offered a contract tender by the Jets, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Tomlinson was limited to eight catches for 72 yards in 15 games this past season and the 26-year-old will now look to catch on with another team as a depth tight end.

March 7, 2019 12:55 PM EST

Eric Tomlinson: Avoids broken bones

Tomlinson (foot) didn't sustain any fractured bones as a result of the December incident in which he dropped a weight on his foot, Dennis Waszak Jr. of the Associated Press reports.

Analysis: Tomlinson landed on injured reserve ahead of the Jets' regular-season finale and consequently finished the 2018 season with eight receptions for 72 yards and no scores. Given the six-week timetable for his recovery, it's possible the tight end may not have required a stint on IR had he sustained the same injury earlier on in the year. In any case, Tomlinson remains under contract for through the 2019 season and he should be fully healthy by the tie OTAs kick off this spring.

January 16, 2019 8:53 AM EST

Eric Tomlinson: Dealing with foot injury

Tomlinson underwent surgery on his foot after dropping a weight on it Wednesday, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Tomlinson was placed on injured reserve earlier Thursday, but the injury was previously undisclosed. The 26-year-old apparently had lacerations on multiple toes and wouldn't have been able to play Sunday against the Patriots, prompting the move. Jordan Leggett should serve as the Jets' No. 2 tight end in the season finale, and the team also signed Clive Walford to bolster their depth.

December 27, 2018 2:42 PM EST

Eric Tomlinson: Lands on IR

Tomlinson (undisclosed) has been placed on IR.

Analysis: In a corresponding move, the Jets signed fellow tight end Clive Walford to serve as a depth option in Week 17. Tomlinson, thus finishes the 2018 season with eight catches (on 14 targets) for 72 yards in 15 games working behind Chris Herndon.

December 27, 2018 10:17 AM EST

Eric Tomlinson: Corrals one catch Thursday

Tomlinson caught one of two targets for 14 yards in Thursday's 21-17 loss to Cleveland.

Analysis: New York operated without No. 1 tight end Neal Sterling (concussion), but Tomlinson's role didn't change much, as the blocking specialist played 24 of a possible 63 snaps on offense. If he's not stepping up given the Jets' barren depth chart at his position right now, it's safe to say Tomlinson will never be a valuable fantasy commodity.

September 21, 2018 10:14 AM EST

Eric Tomlinson: Makes one catch in Week 1

Tomlinson caught his only target for seven yards in Monday's 48-17, Week 1 win over the Lions.

Analysis: Blocking is Tomlinson's forte, so it's not surprising that he wasn't very heavily involved in the offense. He played 29 of a possible 60 snaps, ranking third among Jets tight ends behind Neal Sterling (40) and rookie Chris Herndon (34).

September 11, 2018 12:29 PM EST

Eric Tomlinson: Catches two-yard pass

Tomlinson caught one of two targets for two yards in Thursday's 15-13 preseason loss to Washington.

Analysis: Primarily used as a run blocker, Tomlinson is nearly guaranteed a roster spot in New York. His role isn't very fantasy-friendly, however.

August 17, 2018 8:56 AM EST

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