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Larry Donnell probably hasn't turned many heads with his play; he's part of a five-man tight end competition that lacks even an ounce of luster. However, now that he's listed atop the Giants' official depth chart, more heads are bound to be facing in his direction—for better or worse.
Donnell is listed ahead of more experienced tight ends Daniel Fells (second-string) and Kellen Davis ("other"), as well as inexperienced youngsters Xavier Grimble (third-string) and Adrien Robinson ("other"), both of whom have never caught a pass in an NFL game. In terms of experience, Donnell is not far ahead of either Grimble or Robinson with only three career catches of his own, accumulated all in one game last season, his first as an active member of the Giants' roster.
Each going into their seventh NFL season, neither Fells nor Davis is going to suddenly become a veritable threat to catch a pass. From a receiving standpoint, this race is being run on a level playing field, and Donnell is just the first tight end to nose ahead of the pack. Securing a starting spot is a marathon, not a sprint.
However, if Donnell, a Grambling State product, can keep making catches like this one with all eyes on him, the gap between him and the other tight ends in the chase will only widen.
Roster and depth chart information courtesy of Giants.com.
Statistical information courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com, unless linked otherwise.
Kevin is a New York Giants Featured Columnist and Game-Day Correspondent for Bleacher Report.