Ravens Ink Former NY Giants TE Larry Donnell

Riddled with injuries at the tight end position, the Ravens have taken a flyer on former Giants TE Larry Donnell according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

Donnell spent the last four seasons with the Giants and turned in his strongest season in 2014 when he caught 63 passes for 623 yards and six touchdowns. He suffered a neck injury which limited him to eight games the following season and then fell far behind Will Tye for targets in 2016. The Giants released him in February and he garnered little interest as a free agent other than a workout with the Colts. The 28-year-old Donnell presents a mammoth target at 6’6″ and 265 pounds but has poor hands and is a liability as a blocker.

The Ravens rely on the tight end in their passing game as much if not more than any other team in the NFL and need warm bodies to shore up the position. Dennis Pitta is likely gone for good with another fractured hip, 2016 free agent acquisition is coming off an Achilles tear, second-year TE Maxx Williams is still recuperating from knee surgery, and Darren Waller is facing a year-long suspension. The latest blow is a potentially significant knee injury suffered by Crockett Gilmore during Friday’s practice. There is definitely some opportunity here for Donnell but we would be surprised if he makes the final roster.

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