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New York Giants: Larry Donnell Listed as Starting Tight End

Larry Donnell
(courtesy: NY Daily News)

The New York Giants were extremely aggressive in free agency this year, but failed to address their glaring need at the tight end position. The team decided that a “tight end by committee” could get the job done.

When the Giants released their first official depth chart yesterday, a surprising name sat as the team’s starter. Larry Donnell, an undrafted free agent out of Grambling State in 2012 saw his name listed above the other three tight ends on the list.

Donnell edged out former fourth round pick Adrien Robinson and veterans Daniel Fells and Kellen Davis. Robinson was the early favorite to win the starting job, but his physical tools never seemed to translate into on-field production.

Donnell has been a favorite of the Giants coaching staff since being signed in 2012. The former collegiate quarterback has a massive frame at 6-foot-6, 265 pounds, and played in all 16 games for Big Blue in 2013 on special teams. He managed just three catches a year ago, and only hauled in 38 passes during his career at Grambling. To put it in its simplest terms, Donnell is a blocking tight end and probably won’t be a major part of the Giants’ passing attack.



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