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Height/Weight: 6-6/265 | Birthdate: 11/1/1988 | Birthplace: Midland City, AL, USA | Team: New York | College: Grambling State | NFL Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 78/14
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Ball security a focus for Giants TE Larry Donnell


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/22/2014) The Giants are stressing ball security with breakout tight end Larry Donnell, who lost two fumbles in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss at Dallas. "It's one of those things we preach on a daily basis, whether it be technique or focus on the football," tight ends coach Kevin M. Gilbride told The Star-Ledger.

"And that's something he knows he needs to improve on. He knows it hurt our football team."

Donnell has lost three fumbles in seven games this season. The Giants are on a bye this week.


Larry Donnell here to stay?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/20/2014) After catching just one pass in his previous two games combined, Giants tight end Larry Donnell got back on track Week 7 at Dallas, catching seven passes for a season-high 90 yards.

Considering it was the Giants' first game without star wide receiver Victor Cruz, Donnell was expected to play a bigger role in the passing game, but a resurgence of this magnitude should remind us all how he came to be owned in 83 percent of Fantasy leagues in the first place. Over the first four weeks, he averaged 6.3 catches for 59 yards, scoring four touchdowns.

One potential pitfall for Donnell is that he lost two fumbles in Week 7, giving him three fumbles lost for the season, but with so few tight ends capable of his kind of production in a given week, the Giants would have to suggest his playing time is in jeopardy for me to pass on Donnell in Fantasy.

His production fell when rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham entered the mix in Week 4. Now that Cruz is out of the mix, Donnell's production figures to rise again.


Giants TE Larry Donnell leads the way Week 7


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) Giants tight end Larry Donnell had a mixed game Week 7 against the Cowboys.

Donnell led the club with seven receptions and 90 yards during the game. He also turned the ball over twice, losing two fumbles. Both fumbles came in the fourth quarter, as the Giants were attempting to come back against the Cowboys. Donnell is on a bye Week 8.


Larry Donnell could be reborn


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/16/2014) You're probably not all that motivated to start Giants tight end Larry Donnell Week 7 at Dallas. He has all of one catch for 6 yards the last two weeks combined. But with Victor Cruz lost to a season-ending knee injury, the Giants need to find some new targets for quarterback Eli Manning. And Donnell has already shown he's capable of an expanded role, having averaged 6.3 catches for 59.0 yards with four touchdowns over the first four weeks.

Better yet, he might be Manning's best choice for this particular matchup. The Cowboys rank a modest 12th against the pass, allowing 227.5 yards per game, but they've given up the third-fewest Fantasy points per game to wide receivers. Meanwhile, they've given up the most Fantasy points per game to tight ends.

Certainly, if you have Julius Thomas, Rob Gronkowski, Greg Olsen, Martellus Bennett and maybe Jordan Reed and Antonio Gates, you wouldn't give a player like Donnell a second thought. But otherwise, he might be your best choice at tight end despite his production the last two weeks.


TE Donnell ready for 'whatever role' Giants need in wake of Cruz injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/16/2014) With Victor Cruz sidelined the rest of the season with a major knee injury, the Giants will need options in the passing game to step up in his absence. One of those options could be tight end Larry Donnell, who has been held to one catch over his last two games after totaling 25 catches for 236 yards and four touchdowns in his first four games.

"Whatever role is thrown at me, I'm going to do everything I can to do my best and it's just not me," Donnell said, per NJ.com. "It's Rueben (Randle), Odell (Beckham), it's going to be a team effort.

"Victor was a major part and took a lot of attention away from everyone. Me, I feel very confident."


Victor Cruz injuries gives others chance to emerge


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/13/2014) It's official. Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz has a torn patellar tendon in his right knee and will have season-ending surgery, leaving quarterback Eli Manning without his favorite target.

Or at least one of his favorites.

Turns out Cruz wasn't even the Giants' most-targeted receiver through the first six games. Rueben Randle was and becomes the clear No. 1 with Cruz out. He again led the way in targets with nine Week 6 at Philadelphia. He had a modest 58 yards on five catches, but let's not forget Manning threw for only 151.

Odell Beckham probably gets the biggest bump with Cruz's injury. Playing only his second game after missing the first four with a hamstring injury, he was targeted four times in Week 6, catching two passes for 28 yards. But he was on the field for 88 percent of the Giants snaps and showed his playmaking ability in Week 5, even scoring a touchdown. On a day when the Giants don't face a defense playing at its best, Beckham could impress.

Tight end Larry Donnell could get back to being a bigger part of the game plan with Cruz down. After catching 25 passes for 236 yards in the Giants' first four games, he has just one catch for 6 yards in their last two. He's probably already owned in your league, as is Randle, but Cruz's injury is enough incentive to stick with him a little longer.


Larry Donnell nearly blanked again


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/13/2014) In the two games since his three-touchdown breakout, Giants tight end Larry Donnell has one catch for 6 yards. That came Sunday night at Philadelphia after Donnell was blanked Week 5 by the Falcons.

Donnell had a juggling touchdown catch erased by a penalty, but otherwise it was a dull night for him. He drew just two targets and ranked third among Giants tight ends in receiving. Donnell visits the Cowboys in Week 7.


Stick with Larry Donnell for now


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/9/2014) With the emergence of rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham in Week 5, who was playing for the first time after missing the first four games with hamstring injury, Giants tight end Larry Donnell seemed to be the odd man out, getting only one target in the contest.

And that was just a week after scoring three touchdowns.

So does that mean his days are numbered as a quality Fantasy option? Here's a better question: Does it matter for Week 6 at Philadelphia? 

Jimmy Graham and Travis Kelce are both on bye, which reduces the number of Fantasy-relevant tight ends by two. Dwayne Allen is quickly getting scooped up in leagues, Niles Paul has to watch out for Jordan Reed, and Timothy Wright is still largely unproven. Oh, and Jason Witten is facing the Seahawks. That's never good.

So if not Donnell, who else? It's not a terrible matchup. The Eagles haven't been especially bad against tight ends but have allowed the most Fantasy points per game to wide receivers and have struggled against the pass overall. The Falcons may have been especially focused on Donnell after his three-touchdown game while the Eagles may be looking to stop Beckham instead. Who's to say?

But I think benching Donnell after one bad game would be a panic move in Fantasy, especially given the lack of alternatives for this week.


Victor Cruz, Larry Donnell give way to new targets


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/5/2014) Wide receiver Victor Cruz and tight end Larry Donnell had been quarterback Eli Manning's favorite targets during his resurgence the last few weeks, the former coming off back-to-back 100-yard games and the latter coming off a three-touchdown performance Week 4 at Washington. But both became afterthoughts Week 5 against Atlanta as Manning worked other receivers into the mix.

Preston Parker led the way with 61 yards on three catches, but the ones hogging all the looks were Odell Beckham, who was making his NFL debut after missing the first four games with a hamstring injury, and Rueben Randle, who led the team with 10 targets. Each scored a touchdown in the contest.

Of course, neither had even 50 yards through the air on a day when Manning threw for just 200, but they were more involved than Cruz, who had three catches for 22 yards, and Donnell, who went without a catch. Cruz at least had the targets, finishing second behind Randle with six.

All it really means for Fantasy owners is that, particularly with Beckham getting involved, Cruz and Donnell may not be as reliable as you presumed coming into the week. You're probably starting them anyway, but not without considering your alternatives.

Given the abundance of targets on an offense that doesn't figure to be particularly pass-heavy, the problem is knowing who will step up when. If you believe Donnell's story, he sat himself for his three-touchdown performance against the Redskins only to start himself in this one. 


Giants' Larry Donnell held without catch a week after three-TD game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Giants tight end Larry Donnell told reporters last week that he did not start himself in his Fantasy Football league when he went off for three touchdowns in a Week 4 win at Washington. On Sunday, he told reporters he made sure to put himself into his Fantasy lineup Week 5 vs. Atlanta, but the decision came one week too late as Donnell was held without a catch in a 30-20 win.

Donnell, who was targeted once, said he expected to receive extra attention from the Falcons defense.

"Yeah, but it kind of sucks," Donnell said, per the New York Daily News.


Larry Donnell on pace to shatter Giants' records


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2014) Giants tight end Larry Donnell is on pace to finish with 100 catches for 944 yards and 16 touchdowns. Even if he tails off considerably, he still has a chance to break several team records.

The Giants' record for catches by a tight end is 74, set by Jeremy Shockey in his 2002 rookie season. Donnell has 25 through four games.

The franchise record for touchdown receptions by a tight end is nine, shared by Joe Walton (1962) and Aaron Thomas (1967). Donnell has four.

Mark Bavaro owns the receiving yards record by a tight end with 1,001 in 1986. Donnell has 236.

Donnell caught three scoring passes in last week's win at Washington, becoming the fourth player in team history to score three touchdowns in a game after entering with no more than one career score.

Taking a look at the tight end waiver wire


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) With key players like Vernon Davis (back), Niles Paul (concussion), Jordan Reed (hamstring) and Tyler Eifert (elbow) dealing with injuries, finding help on the waiver wire might be the key to success at the tight end position. Here are some of Jamey Eisenberg's thoughts on the best pickups for this week.

Larry Donnell of the Giants and Travis Kelce are likely to be the most-added tight ends when waivers run Wednesday morning, and Jamey admits to being "torn" on which he prefers. Dwayne Allen of the Colts, Garrett Graham of the Texans and Reed round out the top-five, while Austin Sefarian-Jenkins, Clay Harbor and Jace Amaro are sleeper adds for deep leagues.

Charles Clay of the Dolphins and Ladarius Green of the Chargers are considered drop-worthy, if you need a roster spot. 


Larry Donnell worth the hype


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) If you want to add Larry Donnell to your Fantasy squad, this week is going to be your last chance to do it -- the breakout star for the Giants is going to be 100 percent owned in CBSSports.com by Wednesday morning.

Donnell's rise through the ownership ranks has been more of a slow burn thus far, after he racked up 182 yards and a touchdown through three games. However, he exploded last Thursday for three touchdowns, and has now reached must-own status heading into Week 5.

Whether he can keep this kind of play up remains to be seen, but Donnell has clearly emerged as one of Eli Manning's favorite targets. Through four games, he is second on the Giants in receiving yards, and has also been the second-most targeted player on the roster, with 31 of Eli Manning's 139 throws going his way.

Defenses are almost certainly going to key in on Donnell more often in the red zone now that they have seen what kind of weapon he can be. However, Eli has targeted him at least six times in all four games, so we don't expect him to disappear from the offense. Even against a Falcons defense in Week 5 that has yet to allow a tight end to find the end zone this season.  

Donnell isn't at the top of the must-add list ahead of Week 5, but he isn't far off either. 


Larry Donnell explodes for three scores


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) Giants tight end Larry Donnell had a monstrous game Thursday against Washington.

The Washington DST did not have an answer for Donnell early. On New York's second drive of the game, Donnell caught two passes, including a 5 yard score. He didn't stop there. On the second play of the second quarter, Donnell managed another score, this time from 6 yards out. On the next drive, Donnell scored a third time, hauling in a pass over a cornerback. He would finish with seven receptions for 54 yards and three scores. Six of those catches would come in the first half. Donnell was targeted eight times during the contest.

Donnell will look for more Week 5 against the Falcons. 


Larry Donnell loses fumble during Week 3 win


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Giants tight end Larry Donnell caught all of his six targets for 45 yards during a 30-17 win Week 3 vs. Houston. His longest catch went 18 yards.

While Donnell had at least five catches for a third straight game, he also lost the first fumble of his career Sunday. He fumbled down inside the Texans' 5-yard line after recording a 6-yard catch late in the first quarter. Johnathan Joseph recovered the fumble at the 3-yard line and returned it to the 27-yard line.

Donnell has 18 catches for 182 yards and one touchdown through three games. The Giants are back in action Thursday at Washington.


Larry Donnell proves to be more than a one-week standout


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) Giants tight end Larry Donnell did a good job Week 2 against the Cardinals showing his Week 1 breakout performance wasn't a fluke. After totaling five catches for 56 yards and one touchdown in the season opener, Donnell came back Week 2 to total seven catches for 81 yards -- both team highs.

Donnell came alive for the Giants' offense after halftime, as he managed just two catches for 22 yards in the first half. Donnell, who was targeted nine times, has totaled 12 catches for 137 yards and one touchdown through two games.

The Giants are back in action Week 3 vs. Houston.


Larry Donnell scores first career TD in Week 1 loss


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/8/2014) Giants tight end Larry Donnell found the end zone for the first time in his career in a opening-week loss to the Lions on Monday.

Donnell caught a 19-yard pass from Eli Manning late in the opening quarter, after being held without a catch for the first three drives. He caught a fade pass from Manning in the corner of the end zone, but had his left toe barely out of bounds. He got another crack at it two plays late, catching another fade pass -- this time from the other side of the field -- for a 1-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

Donnell was targeted eight times and finished with five catches for a team-high 56 yards and a touchdown in a 35-14 victory.

The Giants will host the Cardinals in Week 2.

Giants go with Larry Donnell as starting tight end


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) The Giants' first depth chart lists Larry Donnell as the starting tight end, ahead of Daniel Fells and Adrian Robinson. Coach Tom Coughlin has said the team will use a committee approach taking advantage of each player's strengths.

Giants going with committee at tight end


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Giants coach Tom Coughlin said the team will use several tight ends. None of the contenders for the starting job -- Larry Donnell, Adrien Robinson, Kellen Davis and Daniel Fells -- separated himself.

"That is not necessarily what the plan was," Coughlin said. "But the plan has evolved to that, where people can be utilized for their skills in different ways."


Larry Donnell trying to seize starting tight end job


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) After the Giants listed him atop the tight end depth chart, Larry Donnell has impressed in camp, reports the team's website. "Last week he dove for a pass down the middle and maintained possession of the ball after tumbling upon landing," the report said. "[Thursday], he jumped high in the end zone to grab a Ryan Nassib pass."

Coach Tom Coughlin said Donnell, a converted quarterback, "has a long way to go, but I like what I see."

Added tight ends coach Kevin M. Gilbride: "He has athleticism, size, speed and strength. He’s got it all as far as that’s concerned. We’re working hard to get him to develop his techniques and understand how to use his body within the blocking, within the inline position or even from the fullback position. He can do it physically and he’s starting to be able to do it athletically, meaning knowing how his body has to move to get those things done. So he’s improving."


Who? Larry Donnell listed as Giants' starting tight end


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) The Giants' first unofficial depth chart lists Larry Donnell as the starting tight end. Adrien Robinson, who many thought would be the starter, is fifth on the depth chart.

Donnell (6-6, 265) is a third-year pro out of Grambling State. The blocking specialist played in every game last year, making three catches for 31 yards.


Giants leaning toward committee approach at tight end


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2014) Adrien Robinson hasn't separated himself from the Giants' other tight ends, and the team "probably" will go with a committee approach, reports The Star-Ledger.

"I think the jury is still out on who the No. 1 tight end is, I think it'll probably be tight end by committee," general manager Jerry Reese said on WFAN. "But there are some really good tight ends, some athletic, big guys who can run and catch the ball.

"Adrien Robinson and Larry Donnell are a couple of young guys who have been on the squad for a couple of years, but have had some injury stuff going on with them. We expect them to be healthy and to be able to pick up the slack here."

Daniel Fells, Xavier Grimble and Kellen Davis are the other tight ends on the roster.


Giants TE Larry Donnell hospitalized


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/18/2014) Giants tight end Larry Donnell was taken by an ambulance to a hospital on Wednesday after succumbing to a heat-related problem, the team announced. Donnell is believed to have practiced in full according to the Newark Star-Ledger and was by his locker when the media had access to the team. 

Giants could be in market for tight end help


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/28/2014) The Giants could look at reuniting offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo with one or two of his former players to fill their void at tight end, reports the Newark Star-Ledger.

McAdoo, who coached the Packers tight ends for six seasons in Green Bay before taking over as quarterbacks coach the past two seasons, likes using the tight end in his offense. The Giants cut Brandon Myers this offseason, and the Packers have two free agents on the market in Andrew Quarless and Jermichael Finley, who is trying to make a comeback following spinal fusion surgery last season.

Either one could be in play for the Giants, who only have Larry Donnell and Adrien Robinson on the roster. Bear Pascoe is going to be an unrestricted free agent.


Giants' backup tight ends contribute


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/15/2013) The Giants got five catches from their backup tight ends against the Broncos. Larry Donnell caught three passes for 31 yards, and Bear Pascoe added two catches for 12 yards.

New York vists the Panthers in Week 3.