Kevin M. Gilbride is in his third season as the Giants’ tight ends coach and his seventh as a member of the team’s coaching staff in 2016.
In 2015, Gilbride’s unit had another productive season. Will Tye, a rookie free agent from Stony Brook who began the season on the practice squad and joined the roster on Oct. 3, finished fourth on the team with 42 catches for 464 yards, and three touchdowns. Tye led all NFL rookie tight ends in catches and receiving yards, as was tied for the lead in touchdown receptions.
In 2014, Gilbride helped turn a largely anonymous group of tight ends into a productive unit. Larry Donnell finished third on the team with 63 receptions and 623 yards and second with six touchdown catches. He entered the season with three receptions and no scores.
On Sept. 25 at Washington, Donnell caught seven passes for 54 yards, including touchdowns receptions of five, six and six yards, the latter two in the second quarter. He was the first Giants player to score three touchdowns in a game since Victor Cruz had touchdown receptions of 70, 18 and 10 yards at Dallas on Sept. 8, 2013. Donnell was the first Giants tight end with three touchdown receptions in a game since Dec. 16, 1962, when Joe Walton caught scoring passes of 10, 20 and eight yards from Y.A. Tittle in 41-31 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.
Daniel Fells, who was out of the league in 2013, had 16 receptions for 188 yards and four touchdowns. He scored in three consecutive games – on a one-yard reception vs. Arizona on Sept. 14, a nine-yarder vs. Houston on Sept. 14 and a two-yarder at Washington on Sept. 24. His fourth touchdown was scored on a four-yard catch at Dallas on Oct. 19.
Adrien Robinson – who played in just three games and had no receptions in his first two seasons – played in all 16 games and finished the year with five catches for 50 yards and a touchdown. Robinson’s first career catch was a 15-yarder at Washington on Sept. 25. He scored his first touchdown on a one-yard reception with three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter vs. Dallas on Nov. 23.
In 2013, Gilbride completed a two-year stint as the Giants’ wide receivers coach.
That year, Victor Cruz continued to be one of the NFL’s most productive receivers, catching 73 passes for 998 yards and four touchdowns, despite missing the final two games with a knee injury. Second-year pro Rueben Randle led the team with six touchdowns, all on receptions, and caught 41 passes for 611 yards. In the season opener in Dallas on Sept. 8, Cruz (118 yards), Hakeem Nicks (114) and Randle (101) each had at least 100 receiving yards, the first time in franchise history that three different players exceeded the century mark in the same game. Jerrel Jernigan came on at the end of the season and finished with 29 receptions for 329 yards and two touchdowns and two rushing attempts for 57 yards, including a 49-yard score.
In Gilbride’s first year coaching the receivers in 2012, Cruz led the Giants with 86 receptions for 1,092 yards and 10 touchdowns and became just the second Giants wideout since 1968 to play in the Pro Bowl. Cruz’s 86 catches placed him seventh in the NFC and 12th in the NFL and his 1,092 yards were 10th in the conference and 15th in the league. He was one of 10 NFL players with at least 10 touchdown catches.
In 2011, Gilbride held the title of offensive assistant. He joined the coaching staff in 2010 as team’s offensive quality control coach. Gilbride succeeded Ryan in that position.
Gilbride is the son of former Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride, who retired after the 2013 season. Prior to joining the Giants, he spent three seasons as the wide receivers coach at Temple University. In 2009, Gilbride was a member of the Temple coaching staff that led the Owls to a 9-4 record - their first winning record since 1990 - and their first bowl game since 1979, the EagleBank Bowl in Washington.
The previous season, Gilbride coached Bruce Francis, who earned the Owls’ offensive most valuable player award. Francis, who was an All-MAC selection, became Temple's Division I-A career leader in receiving touchdowns (23). The Owls' leading receiver with 687 yards on 45 catches for a Division I-A school record 13 touchdowns, Francis finished his collegiate career with a reception in a school record 38 consecutive games.
Before his stint at Temple, Gilbride coached the slot receivers and tight ends at Georgetown University in 2006. He also headed the kickoff coverage unit and assisted on punt, kickoff return and punt block. He recruited in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Florida and Delaware for the Hoyas.
Gilbride was an offensive graduate assistant coach at Syracuse University for two seasons (2004-05), working closely with the tight ends in 2005. The Orange captured a share of the Big East title in 2004 and earned a berth in the Champs Sports Bowl. Gilbride first joined the SU staff as a graduate assistant for video in 2003 before then head coach Paul Pasqualoni moved him into a coaching role.