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New York Giants snap counts: Larry Donnell grabs tight end job

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Let's break down the snap counts for the Giants Monday vs. the Lions

Rashad Jennings runs with the ball
Rashad Jennings runs with the ball
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Who played a lot for the New York Giants Monday night vs. the Detroit Lions? Who didn't play much, or at all? What can we learn from those numbers? Let's look at the snap count data from Monday's 35-14 season opening loss and see what we can learn.

  • Larry Donnell played 52 snaps at tight end and caught five passes, one for a touchdown. Adrien Robinson, the 2012 fourth-round pick, did not play a single snap. If you need an extra tight end for your Fantasy Football team, Donnell might be a guy to grab.
  • Rashad Jennings played 42 snaps at running back and rookie Andre Williams played 18. That snap distribution might be the way things go for a while.
  • Fullback Henry Hynoski played only six snaps. Many Giants fans wanted to see the team keep two fullbacks on the 53-man roster. That snap count provides evidence as to why they kept only one.
  • Wide receiver Corey Washington played only two red zone snaps. Eli Manning tried to hit Washington on a fade from the one-yard line on the first snap and Washington, who was well-covered, nearly made a tremendous catch.
  • Mathias Kiwanuka played 57 unimpressive snaps. Damontre Moore played only 10. Considering that the Giants really don't look like a good football team there really isn't any reason for them to be keeping Moore off the field. That snap distribution needs to be even, if not tilted in Moore's favor.
  • Middle linebacker Jon Beason played 43 snaps in his return to action after missing the preseason with a broken foot.
  • Rookie linebacker Devon Kennard played two snaps early in the game, but left with a hamstring injury.
  • Linebacker Jacquian Williams played all 67 defensive snaps. Spencer Paysinger played none. I understand Williams is a superior athlete, but I still believe Paysinger is a superior player. Let's see if Williams continues to play so much after struggling mightily Monday night.