Larry Donnell: ‘Everybody Starting To Grasp The Offense’

The New York Giants scored 14 points in each of their first two games this season – a loss at Detroit and a loss against Arizona – before putting up 30 in a home win over Houston this past Sunday.

The Giants couldn’t have scripted the game any better. Eli Manning threw for 234 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions, Rashad Jennings rushed for 176 yards and a touchdown and Victor Cruz caught five balls for 107 yards and a touchdown. And this other guy, tight end Larry Donnell – who leads the Giants with 18 catches through three games – was solid once more, catching six balls for 45 yards.

Yes, all in all, the Giants’ offense is coming together in its first year under new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo.

“It’s a new offense,” Donnell said on The MoJo Show. “We came in and obviously everybody’s been trying to grasp the concepts. We came out of Detroit and there was some kinks we had to work out. We started slow. But the second week we kind of made the progress. You could tell that. But we made a couple key turnovers that held us back. The offense started clicking well (on Sunday). Everybody was on the same page. We made strides. We’re still trying to get better. We’re not there yet, but we’re trying to get there.”

McAdoo spent the previous eight seasons with the Green Bay Packers as a tight ends and quarterbacks coach. His scheme relies heavily on the tight end to both make catches and help in the run game.

Donnell, through three games, has done just that.

“You’re learning on the fly, but that’s our job,” he said. “This is what we have to do. It’s been tough but it’s becoming second nature to us. I think everybody is (starting to grasp) it. Eli is feeling comfortable with it. Guys are starting to be in the positions they need to be in (to make plays).”

The Giants, who started 0-6 last season, were 0-2 entering this past weekend. Needless to say, they were extremely relieved to get the monkey off their back a little earlier this time around.

“That was a great feeling (after the game), especially to win (against a team that was 2-0) and has some great players, especially J.J. Watt. With the type of player he is with that defensive front, there was a sense of relief in the locker room knowing that we put in the work, came out played and got a victory.”

The Giants (1-2) play Washington (1-2) on the road Thursday night.

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