"Larry's a star."
That was what Antrel Rolle said about Larry Donnell Thursday night after the unheralded third-year tight end from Grambling played like one for the fourth game in a row, catching three touchdown passes in the New York Giants' 45-14 victory over the Washington Redskins.
Donnell had seven catches on the night for 54 yards. He now has a team-leading 25 receptions for four touchdowns and has become quarterback Eli Manning's go-to target in red zone and third down situations.
"He's making some tough catches for us," Manning said. "I was hoping he would be able to play to this level, I really was. I was excited about tthe possibilities for him this year. He's played really well."
A smiling Donnell held a post-game press conference at the podium, something he is clearly not used to. He referred to the three-touchdown night on the national Thursday Night Football stage as "a dream come true."
"Being able to contribute like that and help the team it feels awesome," he said. "Every time I think about one [of the touchdowns] I just smile from ear to ear man, it's just a great feeling."
Donnell is giving Manning and the Giants lots of reasons to smile.