Giants TE Larry Donnell demonstrated last season he can be a impact player in the passing game.
But his ability to produce in the other critical area for a tight end - run blocking - has been suspect at best. Giants tight end coach Kevin M. Gilbride said earlier this summer Donnell has the physical gifts to be a "special player," but that he needed to improve his game, with blocking being one of the main focuses.
So Donnell has diligently worked on becoming a better blocker. And in the Giants' preseason opener against the Bengals, the fourth-year former undrafted free agent out of Grambling State felt he blocked better than he ever has.
"This last game, that's the best I've felt blocking since I've been here," Donnell told NJ Advance Media. "I graded out well, and I actually felt good about myself in my blocking."
Size isn't the issue for Donnell, who is 6-6, but keeping the proper technique is more the problem the story pointed out. With WRs Odell Beckham and Victor Cruz now a full go at practice, there are a lot of weapons who could open up the middle for Donnell. The Giants have always tried to put the TE position to good use, so Donnell has some potential to at least be a streaming TE option. Being a better blocker should help him stay on the field more.