New York Giants: 7 players the Giants need to part ways with in 2021

New York Giants, Nate Solder

The New York Giants might have missed the playoffs, but that does not mean they lacked roster talent at several key positions.

The Giants needed a little help from the Eagles to sneak in, but of course, they did us dirty in their tank-job. Either way, the Giants should have controlled their own destiny and made the postseason on their own. This team is still ways away from competing for a Championship. The G-Men have some very difficult decisions this offseason about this roster. There are a few easy decisions that the Giants have to do to create more cap space to sign and re-sign some key players to this team.

Here are the seven players that the New York Giants need to part ways within 2021:

LB Kyler Fackrell

The New York Giants signed Kyler Fackrell to a one-year prove-it deal, worth around $4.6 million. Most of Fackrell’s contract included guarantees, which were around $3.5 million.

The other thing Fackrell proved was he can not be a productive pass rusher this late in his career. He was a good rotational pass rusher for the Giants. Fackrell had 4.0 sacks, a forced fumble, and an interception which he returned for a touchdown against Dallas in 11 games.

The Giants are lacking a pass rush due to Lorenzo Carter and Oshane Ximines having season-ending injuries. They are also looking for a pass rusher either in free agency or in the draft.

RB Dion Lewis

The Giants signed Dion Lewis to a one-year deal worth $1.5 million. Obviously, they did not spend a lot of money on Lewis, but his performance tells the story of way.

Lewis has played 15 games for the G-Men, and the stats show for themselves why he should not be on this roster next season. Lewis only produced 108 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Lewis caught only 19 passes for 127 yards and a score.

Not only did Lewis struggle at running back for the Giants, but he also struggled to be the Giants’ return specialist. Lewis fumbled three times on kickoff.

Based on the lack of production, the Giants have no reason to re-sign him back in 2021.

LT Nate Solder

Before we start to talk about why the Giants need to cut him in 2021, I just want to say this is nothing personal. I have a lot of respect for Solder for putting his family first over football and money. It takes a lot of pride!

The New York Giants signed Nate Solder to a four-year deal worth $62 million. Solder has a cap hit of $16.4 million, but if the Giants wait to cut him post-June 1, the Giants would free up $9.9 in cap. It would leave them with $6.5 million in dead money.

It’s entirely possible that the 32-year tackle may just want to retire. If he does not, the Giants may have no other choice to cut him due to lack of production. Solder’s performance has been disappointing since his signing in 2018, allowing 18 sacks and 89 pressures in just two seasons.

I hope the best for Solder in what he chooses, if it’s to stay in the NFL or retire, but I do not see him in a Giants uniform in the 2021 season.

QB Colt McCoy

The Giants signed Colt McCoy to a one-year deal worth $2.25 million. McCoy deal is really friendly with the Giants, but with the injury history of Daniel Jones, the Giants need a more viable option at backup quarterback.

In the four games that McCoy appeared in, he has completed 60.6% of his passes for 375 yards and only one touchdown but one interception. The issue with having McCoy at backup is the Giants only scored a combined 13 points in his two starts.

With backup quarterbacks like Ryan Fitzpatrick, Andy Dalton, and Jameis Winston all becoming free agents this offseason, the Giants need to sign one of these guys that can come in and still compete.

RB Devonta Freeman

Big Blue signed Devonta Freeman in the middle of the season to fill in for Saquon Barkley when he went down with his ACL tear. Freeman signed a one-year, prove-it deal with the Giants only worth $1.35 million.

Freeman took some time to get up to speed but ultimately was very unproductive for the G-Men. Freeman logged 54 carries for 172 yards and only one touchdown. Freeman played in five games before going down with an injury and going on the injured reserve for the Giants.

Barkley should be ready for the 2021 season. With the lack of production during this season, there is no reason for the Giants to keep Freeman.

RT Cameron Fleming

The Giants signed Cameron Fleming to a one-year deal worth $3.5 million. Fleming, when signed, was not expected to be a starter, but when Solder opted out of this season, he was thrown right into the starting lineup at right tackle.

Fleming has struggled since Week 1 and has been rotating in and out with rookie tackle Matt Peart. Fleming has surrendered six sacks, four quarterback hits, and 35 pressures given up.

One of the biggest reasons why Fleming came to New York was because of Marc Colombo and Jason Garrett. When Colombo was fired about a month ago and Garrett now on the hot seat, it is really hard to see Fleming back in a Big Blue uniform in 2021.

WR Golden Tate

The New York Giants signed Golden Tate to a four-year deal worth $37.5 million in 2019. When this signing first happened, it seemed like the Giants did this to please the fans when they traded Odell Beckham Jr. shortly before.

The Giants could release Tate after the 2020 season and gain $6.1 million back on the cap. The Giants would have $4.7 million in dead money, but that will really open the receiver spot for the Giants to either sign or draft a weapon for Daniel Jones.

Tate is not the player he once was. He was been very injury prone over the last two seasons, had a disciplinary issue that made him get benched for a game in 2020, and suspended for PEDs in 2019. Even on the field, his production has been lacking. Tate, in the past, was a receiver that would get tons of separation and was deadly after the catch.

With Tate’s lack of production for the last two seasons, I do not see Tate playing another in a G-Men uniform in 2021.

 

 

New York Giants: Injuries piling up heading into week 16 contest Vs Baltimore

New York Giants, Golden Tate

The New York Giants are heading into a difficult matchup against the Baltimore Ravens in week 16, a must-win if Big Blue wants to increase their chances of making the postseason.

The Giants are struggling immensely on offense, averaging a measly 17.4 points per contest, just one spot ahead of the New York Jets. However, their competitors, the Ravens, are averaging 28.8 points per contest and are the best rushing team in football. While their passing game is quite limited, they have found ways to supplement their lack of yards in the category.

Stopping Lamar Jackson will be a primary task for defensive coordinator Patrick Graham, who will likely utilize more spies against him. Expect to see a heavy dosage of outside linebacker Carter Coughlin spying on Jackson, to go with a number of disguised coverages to force him to make mistakes.

The Giants will need all hands on deck for this contest, but they are still dealing with numerous injuries that will hurt their abilities on both sides of the ball.

Heading into the weekend, quarterback Daniel Jones is dealing with an ankle and hamstring injury and has a questionable designation for Sunday’s game. He was limited in practice all week, but Coach Joe Judge indicated that he was making motivating progress. The expectations are that Jones will suit up for the contest but could once again be limited with his running abilities.

Aside from DJ, the Giants are also skeptical when it comes to star linebacker Blake Martinez and cornerback Darnay Holmes. Martinez had a lower back injury a few weeks ago but pushed through and managed to clear that injury. He has since picked up an ankle injury that has made him a “questionable” for the game. Holmes missed last week’s loss to the Cleveland Browns with a knee injury and is also questionable for the contest.

Another hit on offense, wide receiver Golden Tate has been ruled out with a calf injury that he picked up during Wednesday’s practice. If this injury lingers, it could very well be the last snap Tate has taken as a Giant.

Nonetheless, with injuries scattered across the team, the Giants are vast underdogs in this week 16 matchup. It would be a miracle if they’re able to pull off a win, but nothing is impossible, and we can always count on Graham to dial-up a great defensive game plan against any opponent.

New York Giants: Players that could move to clear cap space after Logan Ryan deal

New York Giants, Golden Tate

The New York Giants are bringing back Logan Ryan for another few seasons. The defensive back is set to sign a three year contract with the team after originally joining them on a one year deal. However, the Giants still have some other upcoming free agents that they need to make a decision on. The new deal for Ryan ties up some of the cap space that may be needed to keep some of the team’s best defenders.

It’s worth taking a look at which players the Giants could shed if they want to make sure there’s cap space to bring back Leonard Wiliams and Dalvin Tomlinson in addition to Logan Ryan.

Kyler Fackrell

With the Giants needing a pass rusher, they signed Kyler Fackrell on a one year deal before the season. There was some initial skepticism due to his failure to remain a competitive player in Green Bay, but he’s been an alright addition to the Giants with 3 sacks this season. However, Fackrell has a $4.6M cap hit if the Giants sign him on a deal with the same value as his current one.

There’s a chance that he looks for more money thanks to his increased stats since leaving Green Bay, and the Giants may not be in a position to offer a deal like that if they’ve set upon the goal of bringing back both Tomlinson and Williams. We may just see Fackrell walk in free agency this offseason.

Golden Tate

It doesn’t look like there’s a way Golden Tate will be a Giant next season. While things around the wide receiver have since calmed down, his public tantrums about not receiving the ball enough didn’t endear him to head coach Joe Judge. He’s also liked a Tweet asking the Giants to cut him, and peculiarly enough, the Giants are able to do that without paying him guaranteed money.

Tate’s suspension last season for performance enhancing drugs voided the guaranteed money on his contract, and it looks like the Giants will move on from Tate both to save on cap space and to get rid of a player that hasn’t flourished under the new administration. Otherwise, they face a $10.3M cap hit going into next year.

Nate Solder

Nate Solder didn’t have a good first season with the Giants at all. It looks like the Patriots moved on from the player at just the right time, because his performance immediately dropped off after joining the Giants and his role has largely been replaced by now by Andrew Thomas. Solder hasn’t played this season because he opted out beforehand. And he may not play for the team again.

While Solder has a disproportionately large contract for the level of play the Giants have been able to get out of him, he’s said that he’s enjoying life with his family right now and that retirement isn’t off the table. That’s not a guarantee,

Solder has said that he might retire in two years or three years instead. But if he comes back, he does face an uphill battle to get back into the lineup. It’s quite possible we might just see the left tackle walk away instead.

New York Giants: Wide receivers held offense back against Arizona

New York Giants, Daniel Jones

The New York Giants‘ winning streak came to an end on Sunday after a putrid offensive performance against the Arizona Cardinals. New York let up eight sacks and gained only 159 total yards of offense. Daniel Jones played through his hamstring injury and passed for only 127 yards before being pulled for backup Colt McCoy.

All game long, Daniel Jones was struggling to find open receivers to throw to. The Giants’ wide receivers could not separate from coverage on Sunday. They were completely outmatched and they have been for most of this season. The season is far from over, with the Giants only one game out of first place in the NFC East. However, it will be hard for the Giants to slip into the postseason if their receiving corps continues to play at this level.

The 2020 Giants wide receivers

The New York Giants starting wide receivers are Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton, and Golden Tate. Shepard has been with the Giants the longest but has been held back by injuries over the last few seasons. But now, seemingly fully healthy, Shepard has not opened up the offense the way he was expected to.

Golden Tate is in his second season with the New York Giants. He was signed to a lucrative contract last offseason. Since then, Tate has been in the spotlight for a few of the wrong reasons, such as a PED suspension and a public criticism of the Giants’ offense.

Darius Slayton is the Giants’ second-year wide receiver that was expected to have a breakout 2020 season. That has not happened, though, as Slayton has been entirely unreliable this season. In Week 10, Slayton had 5 receptions for 93 yards. He followed that up with a 0 reception performance in Week 11.

Inconsistency and injuries have held the Giants’ receiving corps back in 2020. But what has held them back the most is a simple lack of talent. Yes, Tate, Shepard, and Slayton are talented receiving options. But no, none of those guys are true number one wide receivers that open up an offense and allow the offense to run through them.

In Week 14, the Giants’ wide receivers failed to separate from coverage. According to Next Gen Stats, the league average receiver separation is 2.86 yards. Golden Tate’s average separation in Week 14 was 0.42 yards. Slayton’s average separation was 1.37 yards. Shepard’s average separation was 1.86 yards. The entirety of the Giants’ receiving corps was far below average on Sunday, making things incredibly difficult for quarterback Daniel Jones.

New York Giants: Golden Tate apologizes for outbursts following media silence

New York Giants, Golden Tate

The New York Giants were without Golden Tate when they picked up the second win of their season, not because of an injury but because of discipline. Tate was left out of the lineup thanks to the drama going on between him and the team. His desire to receive the ball more resulted in conflict as he had an outburst on the sidelines during the Tampa Bay game and his wife took to social media to complain afterwards.

That, and Tate liking tweets that criticized the team, landed him on the wrong end of disciplinary action. He missed the Washington game as the team opted to suspend him and the Giants went on to win without him on the field.

Now, Tate is preparing for a comeback but has broken his media silence to come out and apologize for his previous actions.

“If you know me, if you know my game, I play with a lot of emotion, a lot of passion. I just got caught up in the moment. I was wrong to draw attention to myself. I take full responsibility for that. I handled it the wrong way and, again, brought negative attention to our organization. It was something that won’t happen again,” Tate told reporters.

“I was definitely disappointed, but there are consequences for your actions. My actions were unacceptable, and I apologized to the team, GM, the coaches, the offense, and I’m excited to move forward,” he continued.

He might be back on the good side of the coaching staff for now, but it remains to be seen if he has a future with the team. The Giants did win without him in the lineup, after all, and Tate was one of the players that was reportedly on the trading block before the deadline.

No deal ever happened, but Tate ended up in a rocky position with the team regardless and the Giants have proved they have other receivers to catch the ball. Either way, Tate has a good motivation now to perform on Sunday and put the previous suspension out of everyone’s collective memory.

New York Giants: Austin Mack impressive in expanded role vs. Washington

New York Giants, Austin Mack

The New York Giants added another W to the win column today. New York swept Washington, beating the Football Team for the second time this season. The Giants’ stout defense forced five turnovers while the offense kept the ball out of harm’s way and managed a 23-20 victory.

With the offense’s sound performance came the emergence of a new playmaker for Daniel Jones. Undrafted free agent rookie wide receiver Austin Mack was impressive in his first game with expanded playing time.

Austin Mack vs. Washington

Entering this game, Austin Mack had just one target, one reception, and one yard on the season. Mack was productive early and often during the Giants’ win over Washington. He got things started in the first quarter hauling in a deep shot down the sideline for a 51-yard gain, the longest passing play of the Giants’ season so far.

Mack finished the game with 4 receptions for 72 yards on 5 targets. He nearly scored a touchdown as well but was marked down just short of the end zone.

Austin Mack so an expanded role in the offense this week as the Giants made the decision to bench veteran wide receiver, Golden Tate. Tate has been vocally unhappy with his role in the Giants’ offense, but after Austin Mack’s impressive Week 9 performance, it does not seem like Tate’s role will expand anytime soon.

Austin Mack is a name many Giants fans became familiar with over the summer. The rookie was impressive during training camp and made his way onto the Giants’ practice squad. Mack’s impressive route running makes him standout amongst other rookies. After his solid performance today, Mack should see more time on the field this season.

New York Giants make Golden Tate benching official

New York Giants, Golden Tate

It’s been an interesting week for New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate, and it will conclude with Tate missing the game against Washington. That’s because, after it was reported that Tate could face disciplinary action for multiple recent incidents, the team finally confirmed the punishment and the severity of it.

The team hasn’t opted to go for the softer route of not giving Tate the start but allowing him to play in the game with reduced snaps. Rather, they’ve made the decision to bench him entirely. Interestingly, Tate will be separated from the team to an extent during this time as he won’t travel with the team for the game.

There’s been speculation all week that the Giants might use other receivers thanks to Tate’s antics which landed him in the doghouse with Joe Judge. But without Tate so much as being on the sidelines as an available option for this game, it looks like that path is locked in.

Tate was rumored to be on the trading block before the trade deadline but the Giants were either unwilling to move the receiver or couldn’t find a deal they liked. It also doesn’t look like Tate remaining a Giant after this season is likely thanks to both his performance on the field and his incidents relating to team rules and discipline.

On the bright side, many will look at this decision as a good call from head coach Judge, who in his first season has shown that he can run a tight ship without alienating players in the process. That’s a valuable skill going forward, especially if Judge is at the helm when the Giants start playing in and winning meaningful games once again.

New York Giants: Golden Tate may miss Washington game due to discipline

New York Giants, Golden Tate

New York Giants head coach Joe Judge is known to run a tight ship, and one player that’s run afoul of that so far is Golden Tate. Tate is in hot water for multiple incidents and it has been reported that Tate could face discipline from the team with their upcoming game against Washington. This comes after Tate maintained his spot on the team through the trade deadline after being rumored to be on the trading block.

While Tate did escape a trade, it doesn’t look like he’s going to get off easy for the incidents this week. Ralph Vacchiano of SNY has reported that the team’s discipline could include making Tate miss a game against Washington coming up on Sunday.

It would of course be an ironic twist for Tate to have no chance to get on the field and make catches on Sunday after getting in trouble for complaining about a lack of passes thrown his way. There’s an obvious symbolism in taking away Tate’s current role to remind him not to take it for granted. However, it doesn’t necessarily spell good things for Tate’s time on the team.

After all, there’s repeated incidents such as Tate’s wife also complaining about the situation on social media and Tate himself subtly pushing back against the Giants through liking Tweets. The bridge with the Giants and Tate may already be burnt.

Getting in trouble like this is pretty embarrassing for Tate and there’s no guarantee he’ll have a desire to remain a Giant in the future. For now, however, Tate remains a part of the roster after the trade deadline has already passed. Even if he may end up missing the next game thanks to Judge’s punishment.

New York Giants claim former 49ers WR Dante Pettis off waivers

New York Giants, Dante Pettis

The New York Giants stood still at the 2020 NFL trade deadline, holding onto trade-candidates like Golden Tate and Kevin Zeitler. It was a quiet deadline across the league with minimal trades made this season. But after the deadline, plenty of teams reshaped their rosters, cutting players that they were unable to trade before the deadline.

The San Fransisco 49ers were one of the teams that made a surprising cut this week, waiving wide receiver Dante Pettis. Pettis is a former second-round draft pick that has now been claimed off of the waivers by the New York Giants, according to Adam Schefter.

This roster acquisition comes in the wake of the news that the Giants have told veteran wide receiver Golden Tate to stay away from the team for disciplinary reasons. Tate has been frustrated with his role in the Giants’ offense and has made his frustration public. Now, it does not look like his role will expand anytime soon with the acquisition of Dante Pettis.

Dante Pettis Stats and Highlights

Dante Pettis is 25-year-old, third-year wide receiver that was waived by the San Fransisco 49ers after a few disappointing seasons. Pettis was an exciting prospect coming out of college that many 49ers fans believed could be a true weapon in Kyle Shanahan’s offense. Unfortunately for Pettis, he never put the talent together in San Fransisco. But he will now have a chance to turn things around in New York.

The New York Giants claimed Dante Pettis off of the waiver wire on Wednesday afternoon. New York’s lowly 1-7 record placed them high on the waiver priority. The Giants’ offense has been missing an outside receiving threat opposite of Darius Slayton.

Dante pettis has not seen the field much this season. He has had only one target thrown his way and 0 receptions to show for it. San Fransisco had made Pettis a healthy scratch for a few games this season, as well, so the writing was on the wall.

Pettis is also a player who has struggled to stay healthy throughout his young career, injuring his knee on multiple occasions. But in his first two seasons, Pettis flashed potential when on the field. In his rookie season, Dante recorded 27 receptions for 467 yards and 5 touchdowns, including a 75-yard touchdown reception. Pettis could be a new home-run hitter for the New York Giants’ offense.

New York Giants: Golden Tate trade value only increasing

New York Giants, Golden Tate

The New York Giants have some tough decisions to make with the 2020 NFL Trade Deadline quickly approaching. The deadline is on November 3 and the Giants have already started to move players for draft capital. Edge rusher Markus Golden was traded to the Arizona Cardinals for a 2021 sixth-round draft pick earlier this week.

But the Giants have had trade talks about multiple players with multiple teams. Sources have confirmed that teams have called about tight end Evan Engram. Ian Rapoport also confirmed reports stating that offensive guard Kevin Zeitler and wide receiver Golden Tate are available for trade.

These two veterans might be crucial to the offense’s success, but they are both the most valuable trade assets that the Giants can afford to part ways with. For veteran wide receiver Golden Tate, the Giants might not have been able to get much a few weeks ago, but his improved play and the multitude of injuries around the league may have increased his trade value.

Improved performance

While Golden Tate has not been heavily involved in the Giants’ offensive game plan, he was still able to put together a highlight-reel catch in Week Seven. Tate was targeted only twice on Thursday Night but he had one spectacular reception for a 39-yard touchdown.

Golden Tate has always proven to be a reliable, veteran receiving option for the Giants. But fans have recently started to question how much Tate has left in the gas tank. After seeing him make an incredible catch like that, there is reason to believe Golden Tate could still contribute meaningful games for an NFL offense. A team in the NFL in need of one more receiving weapon down the playoff stretch might value Tate’s services.

Injuries across the league

Another factor that could inflate Tate’s value is the number of injuries across the NFL. The 2020 NFL season has seen a huge number of star players suffer season-ending or season-lingering injuries. As Matt Lombardo of GMEN HQ pointed out, the Cleveland Browns recently lost superstar wide receiver, Odell Beckham Jr., to a season-ending injury. This could make Cleveland a potential landing spot for Golden Tate as they sit firmly in the playoff hunt.

The New Orleans Saints have been without Michael Thomas for some time and have recently lost Emmanuel Sanders for a couple of weeks as he tested positive for COVID-19. A Drew Brees to Golden Tate connection could be possible.

The New England Patriots, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Jets, Atlanta Falcons, and Pittsburgh Steelers all had wide receivers suffer or play through various injuries.

As the New York Giants sit at the bottom of the lowly NFC East with a putrid 1-6 record, a fire sale could be coming with the trade deadline approaching. Tate does not appear to be a long-term option for New York. It might be time for them to cut their losses and recoup a draft pick in exchange for Golden Tate.