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New York Giants won’t bring back TE Larry Donnell — report

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Giants continue moving on from veteran players

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A pass to Larry Donnell falls incomplete.
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Monday has been a day of goodbyes for the New York Giants. Wide receiver Victor Cruz and running back Rashad Jennings have been released, and now comes word that free-agent tight end Larry Donnell will not be brought back.

That isn’t a surprise. Donnell disappeared from the Giants’ tight end rotation after starting the first six games, as the team apparently tired of his struggles with blocking and ball security. Younger players Will Tye and Jerell Adams passed the 28-year-old Donnell on the Giants’ depth chart, and he ended the season with only 15 catches.

Donnell caught career-high 63 passes in 2014, but has never been able to duplicate that success. A neck injury cost him eight games in 2015.

Tight end has been a position many analysts expect the Giants to try and upgrade before next season begins. The 2017 NFL Draft appears to be deep with talented tight ends, and it would be no surprise if the Giants select one at some point.