This left a major hole in the Giants’ receiving corps. Big Blue attempted to plug that hole with the signing of veteran receiver Golden Tate. The Giants signed the former Philadelphia Eagle to a four-year deal, despite the fact that he is 30 years old.
The length and price of this contract created controversy amongst some Giants fans. However, Tate is fully deserving of this contract. His consistency and elite playmaking ability after-the-catch will make his contract worth it.
Golden Tate Stats And Highlights After The Catch
Golden Tate is a great route runner with sound hands but he does his best work after he has already secured the reception. Tate is a tackle-breaking machine.
In 2017 and 2018 both, Golden Tate forced the most missed tackles after the catch out of all receivers in the NFL. He forced 22 missed tackles in 2017 and 23 missed tackles in 2018. Golden Tate has consistently been the best in the league at making plays after the catch over the past 6 seasons. The Giants’ offense will benefit greatly from this (Pro Football Focus).
Golden Tate is in a class of his own when it comes to forcing missed tackles! pic.twitter.com/usmRNfeKD5
— PFF (@PFF) June 26, 2018
Golden Tate not only breaks tons of tackles after the catch, but he also picks up tons of yardage. Over the past ten years, Golden Tate has ranked 4th in the NFL in yards after the catch per reception with an average of 7.9 yards.
According to Pro Football Focus, among all 165 receivers to see at least 100 targets since 2012, Tate ranks first in missed tackles forced per reception and third (behind only Tyrell Williams and Josh Gordon) in yards after the catch per reception.
Golden Tate has been a consistent killer after the catch for years now and there is no reason to believe that will change as a member of the Giants in 2019. The New York Giants’ offense will benefit tremendously from Golden Tate’s elite tackle-breaking ability for the next four seasons.
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) October 15, 2017