The Giants' record for catches by a tight end is 74, set by Jeremy Shockey in his 2002 rookie season. Donnell has 25 through four games.
The franchise record for touchdown receptions by a tight end is nine, shared by Joe Walton (1962) and Aaron Thomas (1967). Donnell has four.
Mark Bavaro owns the receiving yards record by a tight end with 1,001 in 1986. Donnell has 236.
Donnell caught three scoring passes in last week's win at Washington, becoming the fourth player in team history to score three touchdowns in a game after entering with no more than one career score.
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Donnell's rise through the ownership ranks has been more of a slow burn thus far, after he racked up 182 yards and a touchdown through three games. However, he exploded last Thursday for three touchdowns, and has now reached must-own status heading into Week 5.
Whether he can keep this kind of play up remains to be seen, but Donnell has clearly emerged as one of Eli Manning's favorite targets. Through four games, he is second on the Giants in receiving yards, and has also been the second-most targeted player on the roster, with 31 of Eli Manning's 139 throws going his way.
Defenses are almost certainly going to key in on Donnell more often in the red zone now that they have seen what kind of weapon he can be. However, Eli has targeted him at least six times in all four games, so we don't expect him to disappear from the offense. Even against a Falcons defense in Week 5 that has yet to allow a tight end to find the end zone this season.
Donnell isn't at the top of the must-add list ahead of Week 5, but he isn't far off either.
The Washington DST did not have an answer for Donnell early. On New York's second drive of the game, Donnell caught two passes, including a 5 yard score. He didn't stop there. On the second play of the second quarter, Donnell managed another score, this time from 6 yards out. On the next drive, Donnell scored a third time, hauling in a pass over a cornerback. He would finish with seven receptions for 54 yards and three scores. Six of those catches would come in the first half. Donnell was targeted eight times during the contest.
Donnell will look for more Week 5 against the Falcons.
While Donnell had at least five catches for a third straight game, he also lost the first fumble of his career Sunday. He fumbled down inside the Texans' 5-yard line after recording a 6-yard catch late in the first quarter. Johnathan Joseph recovered the fumble at the 3-yard line and returned it to the 27-yard line.
Donnell has 18 catches for 182 yards and one touchdown through three games. The Giants are back in action Thursday at Washington.
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