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TE Coach Mike Pope on Larry Donnell’s Near-TD Catch

TE Coach Mike Pope had some very telling comments on Larry Donnell’s catch out of bounds Sunday afternoon, a catch that would have sealed the deal for the Giants. Instead, it was one of Josh Brown’s 5 field goals.

Pope On Donnell:

He’s a huge target, he’s a big, raw player. The play he made the other day was kind of indefinable, to run out of the back of the end zone when you’re wide open. I’m sure when he came here from Grambling, they had the back line of end zones, so I don’t think that’s the first time he ever saw one. Just in the anxiety that comes from coming from a smaller program to this league, and being able to handle that and to produce, that only comes from playtime. As I said earlier, you can’t manufacture that in a player. In some cases it has to be an experience where things don’t always go well and you learn from those things. Hopefully it won’t be a matter of learning by too much error and not enough trial. Hopefully that will never happen for him again. We do see the talent and he is a huge human being. He and Robinson both, you’d like to think you could get those guys on a 5’10, 5’11 defender down there in the green zone and just play some NBA basketball with them, because they’ll have to foul them from getting the ball. We have had those in for Donnell and in certain cases we haven’t had the chance to use them. The other day, we did and it would have been nice if he had a good experience the first time he had a chance to do that, because I’m sure that’s not what he wants his memoirs to include, if he has some someday. Hopefully that won’t happen again for him for the next several times, and after that will be positive. He is somebody that we could create a problem for the defense with. He would be somebody if he becomes productive in some of those roles, it would be very difficult for them to think they can put a smaller defensive back, for instance, out there and think they could climb up to his roof. I don’t think they can.


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