Landover, MD (SportsNetwork.com) – The New York Giants may have finally found
their tight end of the future.
Eli Manning tossed three of his four touchdown passes to Larry Donnell, who
became the first Giants tight end to haul in three scores in 52 years, and New
York routed the Washington Redskins, 45-14, on Thursday night.
New York has employed five different starting tight ends since Jeremy
Shockey’s departure in 2007, with the Giants’ leading one averaging 42
receptions for 539 yards during the six-year span.
Shockey, meanwhile, averaged 62 catches and 705 yards a season during his six-
year stint with the Giants from 2002-2007.
Donnell finished with 54 yards on seven receptions for New York (2-2), which
has won its last two games after beginning 0-2. Joe Walton was the last Giants
tight end to score three touchdowns in 1962.
Manning, who also added a score on the ground, completed 28-of-39 passes for
300 yards. Rueben Randle posted eight catches for 89 yards and Victor Cruz
caught six balls for 108 yards in the triumph.
After going 30-of-48 for a career-high 427 yards and three touchdowns in his
first start of the year for the injured Robert Griffin III Sunday against
Philadelphia, Kirk Cousins came back down to earth Thursday. He was 19-of-33
with a touchdown and four interceptions — all in the second half. He also
lost a fumble.
Alfred Morris carried the ball 12 times for 63 yards and a score for the
Redskins (1-3), who have lost their last two games.