Monday, October 5, 2015, 10:44am
He spent the weekend addressing a foot infection that required multiple surgeries and will likely end his season, a person with knowledge of the situation told NJ Advance Media.
Friday, October 2, 2015, 6:45pm
WR DeSean Jackson (hamstring), CB Justin Rogers (foot)
T Tom Compton (calf), LB Perry Riley (calf)
CB DeAngelo Hall (rib), DT Terrance Knighton (rib), G Shawn Lauvao (calf), C Kory Lichtensteiger (finger), T Morgan Moses (knee)
New York Giants
T Ereck Flowers (ankle)
DE Robert Ayers (hamstring)
LB Jon Beason (knee), DT Jay Bromley (knee), TE Daniel Fells (foot), DE Cullen Jenkins (hamstring), G Geoff Schwartz (illness)
Friday, September 18, 2015, 6:37pm
Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 6:08pm
Giants TE Daniel Fells (foot) did not practice Wednesday.
The understanding is he's expected to participate in training camp practices this week. It doesn't mean he's completely in the clear. There's reason to be concerned about the Achilles problem he had in the spring. It's an old college injury that resurfaced. That means it has never really gone away, and may pop up again. Hopefully (fingers crossed) it doesn't finally reach the point where it gives out.
The Giants have Daniel Fells, Adrien Robinson and a whole bunch of youngsters at the TE position. Jerome Cunningham, Matt LaCosse and Will Tye fare better as blockers and will be a factor in who makes the team and gets playing time if Donnell were to miss time. Donnell showed flashes last year but comes in ranked just 21st on our TE list and is a later-round flier in 12 team leagues. We don't always recommend drafting a second TE, but Donnell could at least be a guy to start in streaming situations.
Giants TE Larry Donnell's blocking had made him a liability. So the Giants pulled him from games on run downs, in lieu of better blocking tight ends Daniel Fells and Adrien Robinson. Donnell didn't start three of the last five games.
Donnell knew his weakness, had a goal and attacked.
"I was trying to refine my game so I can be better in the run game. I did some things, changed it up a little bit weight-wise and all," Donnell said this week after the Giants' first organized team activity workout. "The big problem with me is my hands used to go too wide. People used to get their hands inside of me, inside my chest and I lost a lot of battles there."
"We want to see him step up in the areas that are not natural for him, the blocking areas, for example," coach Tom Coughlin said during last season. "And obviously ball security."
Donnell had four lost fumbles, in part because he often found himself with his feet off the ground and in compromising positions. But that's more a mental mistake than physical.
So the focus this offseason was on blocking. There was a lot to fix.
Donnell averaged 82% of the snaps through the first 11 weeks, but played just 69% over the final six games. He finished the season as the #11 TE in both standard and PPR formats, but did not crack 60 yards or find the endzone in the final six games. He had the 17th-most targets (5.2 T/G) over that span, after seeing the 7th-most (6.1 T/G) in the first 11 weeks. If his blocking and ball security improve, he should see his snaps rise, and in turn his targets and production.
Friday, April 10, 2015, 10:32am
The Giants have their second tight end back.
On Wednesday afternoon, the club came to terms with Daniel Fells on a one-year deal, according to sources. Fells will rejoin Larry Donnell, an exclusive rights free agent who already re-signed, in a solid tight end tandem for the Giants.
Fells, 31, was a quiet addition to the franchise last season, but he quickly emerged as perhaps the most well-rounded weapon in an anonymous tight end corps. An ex-Bronco and ex-Patriot, he was the best blocker of the group, and he added four TD catches and 18 receptions.
Monday, November 17, 2014, 12:49pm
Given the Giants' rushing woes, perhaps we shouldn't have been shocked that running back Rashad Jennings stayed on the field for nearly every snap against the San Francisco 49ers. But with Jennings clearly still rusty after a six-week layoff, it was certainly surprising that his backup, rookie Andre Williams barely saw any action.
Instead, in hopes of playing a ball-control style of offense, the Giants upped the snap count for players like backup tight end Daniel Fells in the jumbo package to give Jennings and the offensive line an extra blocker.
Williams underwhelmed as the feature back in Jennings' absence, failing to crack 60 yards and never rushing for more than 3.5 yards per carry over his four games as the starter. The story went on to say there were moments against the Niners, especially in short-yardage situations, where Williams might have been used earlier in the season, but for whatever reason was left on the bench. It appears to be good news for Jennings owners who stuck with him through the layoff. In Week 12, the Giants host Dallas, followed by Jacksonville and Tennessee which are fairly favorable matchups. However, the Redskins and Rams are in store for playoff Weeks 15 and 16, and present much more difficult matchups.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 8:15pm
The Giants are hoping that, as they hit the season opener with TEs Daniel Fells, Larry Donnell and Adrien Robinson in a platoon situation, each one got better after a preseason that forced all of them to compete for reps. The team abandoned the hope that one would surface as the ideal all-around candidate after a few weeks of training camp and opted for the "by committee" scenario that tight ends coach Kevin M. Gilbride said would work, though it wouldn't be ideal.
But will it?
Asking Tom Coughlin yielded little in the way of answers. The team cut Kellen Davis over the weekend but could bring him back for his blocking. When the coach was asked if he was settled on a starter for the season-opener against the Lions, his answer was brief and didn't say much for the players he had.
Donnell led all TEs in receiving but his blocking was a major question. As we've said all along, this is a situation to stay away from until someone emerges...
Saturday, August 30, 2014, 9:36am
Davis, 28, was signed by the Giants this offseason after spending last year with the Seattle Seahawks. He was a key figure this summer in an open competition with the Giants that included Robinson, Daniel Fells and Larry Donnell.
There really doesn't appear to be a TE1 at the time for the Giants and there was talk it would be more of a committee. The offense is still a bit of a mess, so until one emerges offensively, stay away from this situation.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 12:23pm
Giants TE Daniel Fells is expected to take some (if not most) of the first-team snaps on Thursday night against his former team, and is in serious contention for playing time in the tight-end-by-committee approach the Giants admittedly will employ.
"They are all going to play," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said of the rotation for Thursday night, and likely this season.
The Giants TE situation is one to just stay away from right now until someone (hopefully) emerges.
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