New York Giants: 5 Players Who Need To Step Up

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Sep 25, 2014; Landover, MD, USA; New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell (84) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

4. Larry Donnell

Larry Donnell is one of the most talented tight ends in the NFL. He has an incredible 6-6 frame with the vertical ability and athleticism to make defenses pay. The Giants need Donnell to step up big time and become one of the elite tight ends in all of football. With a dangerous tandem of wide receivers, Donnell could be the difference maker for the Giants.

Donnell needs to take advantage of the attention paid to Beckham Jr. and Cruz. Defenses cannot stop all three targets. With big performances Donnell will make opportunities for the Giants star receivers, putting the defense in a vicious cycle. Donnell becoming an elite tight end will be the difference between a very good offense and a great offense.

Donnell has the talent to step up for the Giants. This will be his second season as the Giants starter, it is important to remember he is just starting to become the player who he can be. If he learns how to take better care of the football, he will be a big part of the Giants offense.

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