Dec 28, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Nolan Carroll (23) breaks up a pass intended for New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell (84) in the end zone in the first half during the game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
I don’t think all the players on this list are losing some snaps purely based on performance, but I actually, and unfortunately, think Donnell is. I really like Donnell. I love his story, a small-school undrafted free agent winning the tight end battle out of camp last season, and I do think he really is a legitimate stating tight end.
That said, he has not shown he can block effectively, which led to Daniel Fells, who is a decent pass catcher and red zone target, getting more snaps down the stretch last season. Until Donnell learns how to block—which I think he can with his huge frame—he won’t be playing more than 75% of snaps.
And I do wonder if the Giants still want to give Adrien Robinson a shot. Yes—there’s the chance might get cut—but they’ve talked him up for a couple of offseasons and if he gets a grasp of the offense, I wonder if he will get his chance. Just another factor that could (key word: could) work against Donnell.
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