New York Giants: One major positive for Daniel Jones against the Bears

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Ever since Daniel Jones’ inception in the NFL, he has yet to play a full game with his entire arsenal of offensive weapons. The New York Giants have consistently been bit by the injury bug in previous years, but they seem to have overcome that awful reality (knock of wood).

The game of football is aggressive and rough, and with the establishment of astroturf, noncontact injuries have become a significant part of the game. Last year, Jones played consistently without Golden Tate, Sterling Shepard, and Saquon Barkley. That is not to mention tight end Evan Engram, who missed half the year with a mid-foot sprain that required surgery.

The New York Giants have plenty of talent to work with, but more is on the way:

Jones started the 2020 campaign with most of his weapons available but were unable to get on the same page and produce points against an elite Pittsburgh Steelers defense. However, the group is hoping to take advantage of the Chicago Bears, which represents a strong unit but not comparable to the Steelers. Chicago allowed 23 points last week to the Detroit Lions, including 138 yards on the ground and 297 through the air. In fact, Detroit was leading for a majority of this game and if not for a DeAndre Swift dropped TD pass, they would have walked away with a win.

Nonetheless, the Giants and Daniel Jones are expected to gain back Golden Tate, their shifty veteran wide receiver. After dealing with a hamstring injury the past few weeks, Tate has made progress during practice and was almost a full participant on Saturday.

“It’s definitely really good to get Golden back in there,” Engram said. “Good veteran player [who] makes big plays week-in and week-out. It will be good to have a full force on offense to go compete.”

“He’s been working hard with the trainers,” coach Joe Judge said of Tate, “and has progressed nicely.”

This will be the first time in Jones’ career that he has every single weapon to utilize on Sunday. Hopefully, they can put more than 16 points on the board against Chicago, utilizing creativity and their strengths.

Activating the running game and getting Saquon Barkley involved is a necessity, but Tate represents a strong security blanket for Jones. Jason Garrett showed plenty of two-tight end sets and the desire to run the ball, but Saquon only picked up six-yards on 15 attempts against Pittsburgh.

If Jones can limit his turnovers and they can get the running game going, the Giants can emerge victorious. That is, of course, if the defense can hold their own against Mitchell Trubisky.

New York Giants injury report: Golden Tate, Carter Coughlin trending down, Tae Crowder up

New York Giants, Golden Tate

Coming off a week one loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the New York Giants are nursing a number of injuries. While they escaped without anything major, some lasting ailments have spilled over into week two. Luckily, they remain one of the healthier teams in the NFL as they prepare for the Chicago Bears next Sunday. Only one starting player popped up on the injury report, and he has been on it for about two weeks now.

New York Giants injury report:

– WR Golden Tate (Hamstring) – Limited

– LB Carter Coughlin (Hamstring) – Limited

– DB Adrian Colbert (Quad) – Limited

– LB Tae Crowder (Hamstring) – Full

While the passing game looked quite good for the Giants last Monday night, they could always use more support in the area. Golden Tate represents another solid spot option for quarterback Daniel Jones. With the Giants in 2019, Tate put up 676 yards and six touchdowns over 11 games. He served a five-game suspension for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy but went on to have a successful season, offering Jones a reliable target in his rookie campaign.

Nonetheless, he is trending downward for the Giants this upcoming weekend, as he is still limited in practice. Risking his overall health might not be an ideal situation, as ensuring he is 100% healthy for a week-three contest against the San Francisco 49ers might be a better approach.

In other news, Carter Coughlin was also limited with a hamstring injury. I don’t expect him to suit up on Sunday, as this is a relatively new issue.

More positive news, Tae Crowder is expected to return for the Giants. Linebacker Blake Martinez looked phenomenal in the week one loss to Pittsburgh, but Devante Downs with essentially a non-factor. He didn’t show up much on the score-sheet, and his name wasn’t called much at all. That could be considered a good thing. Nonetheless, Crowder is an athletic linebacker we can serve as a decent cover option and might be utilized as a situational player.

New York Giants: Golden Tate OUT For Season Opener

New York Giants, Golden Tate

The New York Giants kick off their season at 7:20 p.m. tonight. Wide receiver Golden Tate has been questionable to play in the season opener all week. Now, Golden Tate has officially been ruled out of tonight’s game with a hamstring injury, according to Jordan Raanan of ESPN.

Second-year quarterback Daniel Jones will be without one of his top wide receivers again to start the season. In 2019, Jones never played a single game with all of his playmakers. Daniel Jones never hit the field with Evan Engram, Sterling Shepard, Saquon Barkley, Darius Slayton, and Golden Tate all healthy last season. The Giants’ skill positions looked different week-to-week last year, and the discontinuity is continuing to begin the 2020 season.

Who’s Next?

Filling in for Golden Tate will likely be Damion Ratley. The Giants claimed Ratley off of the waivers last week. He was listed as the second-string wide receiver behind Golden Tate on the Giants’ first depth chart. Ratley spent the last two seasons with the Cleveland Browns, totaling 25 catches for 344 yards and 1 touchdown.

The New York Giants are facing one of the toughest defenses in the NFL tonight. Being without Golden Tate will be a serious blow to the Giants’ offense. Tate was one of Daniel Jones’s favorite targets last year as he totaled 676 yards and 6 touchdowns in 11 games. There was a strong chance that Tate played tonight, so he should be ready to roll in Week Two despite tonight’s disappointing game-time decision.

New York Giants injury report: Golden Tate, Jabrill Peppers, Blake Martinez, more

New York Giants, Golden Tate

The New York Giants held practice on Monday afternoon, following an intrasquad scrimmage on Friday evening last week. There were plenty of good and bad takeaways from the scrimmage, including third-year pass rusher Lorenzo Carter, who racked up over four sacks on the night. Backup running back Wayne Gallman also scored two touchdowns, one on the ground and one through the air.

Nonetheless, the Giants are still weak at multiple positions, including cornerback and safety. Monday’s practice didn’t come away clean, as several players went down with minor injuries.

New York Giants injury report:

Golden Tate:

Tate reportedly came down awkwardly after going up for a catch, clutching his hamstring. While it didn’t appear serious, he received icing on the sideline and walked off of practice under his own power. Hopefully, it was nothing more than a tweak, and he will be good to go for the regular season in two weeks.

Tate is an influential player for the Giants and a security blanket in the slot for Daniel Jones. As an experienced veteran, he’s one of the best pass-catchers in yards after the catch in the league. Having him available is a necessity, especially after a 2019 season, where the wide receiver corps was plagued with injuries.

Jabrill Peppers:

Peppers also reportedly had leg crampage. The former Cleveland Brown is an important defensive player for the New York Giants, after a successful season at the strong safety position in 2019. Cramping has been a usual thing for Peppers, even last season. I don’t think it’s anything to be worried about.

Blake Martinez:

While Blake Martinez had an undisclosed injury last week, he returned to practice on Sunday for a light walkthrough. He was limited on Monday, but seeing him out on the field was a positive sign. I believe it was something knee-related, after spotting a wrap on his right leg just below his knee cap.

Spencer Pulley:

Spencer Pulley was also absent last week with an undisclosed injury but returned to full practice on Monday.

Montre Hartage:

According to Dan Duggan of The Athletic, Montre Hartage, safety for the Giants, went down with a hamstring injury after running back Saquon Barkley outran him for a deep ball. Another hit to the secondary that could cost him a few weeks of training.

New York Giants: What Golden Tate will bring to the table in 2020

New York Giants, Golden Tate

The New York Giants’ offense has a lot of weapons in 2020. There is no bigger threat than Golden Tate. Year in and year out, Golden Tate puts up consistent numbers and makes big-time plays. Especially in 2019, Tate made several circus catches that resulted in touchdowns or ended up on a highlight reel.

2019 stats

As shown above, Tate is a reliable and consistent receiver. In 2019, Tate played in 11 games, only missing due to a concussion and suspension. To add on, Tate was targeted 85 times and caught 49 passes for 676 yards. Also, he snagged 6 touchdown passes and averaged 13.8 yards per reception. In reality, if he can average over 10 yards per reception in 2020, he’s in for a big year. His longest touchdown of the year was a 64-yard bomb from Daniel Jones. Tate averaged 61.5 receiving yards per game last season. Overall, Tate is a great option for second-year quarterback Daniel Jones.

How Jason Garrett can use Golden Tate

With the addition of Jason Garrett, the Giants’ offensive playbook will be drastically different. With that being said, Tate will thrive. To emphasize, Jason Garrett focuses on ground and pound and play-action passes. For example, play-action is a great way to get Tate in space. He is quick and shifty and isn’t afraid of going up for jump balls. In 2019, he did it multiple times, and when he did he made ESPN’S top-ten plays.

What to expect

Overall, the Giants can be a very good football team. It all depends on the development of the offensive line and Daniel Jones. For example, if the Giants’ offensive line can hold their own, you can expect to see Tates’ reception number increase. Also, if Daniel Jones lights it up, Tate will be his number one option or number two. Especially in the RedZone, Tate loves making big plays and loves to show off his dance moves. Finally, the Giants’ are lucky to have Tate. A lot of people sleep on his production, he’s going to be a monster in 2020.

New York Giants: Why Golden Tate is poised for a breakout season

New York Giants, Golden Tate

During the 2018 NFL offseason, Golden Tate signed a 4-year $37.5 million dollar contract with the New York Giants. Tate would end up serving a 4 game suspension for violating the NFL’s strict policy on performance-enhancing drugs, even though the substance was fertility medicine prescribed by his doctor, so Tate and his wife could have another child.

Tate would come back in his first game and score a long touchdown against the league’s best defense, the New England Patriots. Tate would finish the season with 676 receiving yards, and 6 touchdowns on 49 receptions, while just playing 11 games. Tate, a former Pro-Bowl selection, is poised for a breakout season, and here’s why.

Experience

Golden Tate is not some rookie who is just finding his grips in the league; Tate has been in the NFL for a decade now. Not only that, but he’s a winner, Tate won Super Bowl XLVIII with the Seattle Seahawks against the Peyton Manning-led Denver Broncos in an impressive 43-8 win. If you watch his film, you can see how comfortable he looks when going through his motions.

He’s not afraid to go over the middle in hospital pass alley, and he’s not afraid to absorb big blows from safeties either. Tate also looks like he’s making up his route as he’s running, which is shades of Wes Welker. Coaches call these players the “backyard” players. The coach basically says “hey, I don’t care what route you run, just get open”. Tate does just that, he normally exploits the holes in the opposing team’s defense. Coaches call this technique “get to the green”. It means exactly what it sounds like, get to where no one else is, and sit there. Even for an experienced beatdown veteran, Tate is still a dangerous threat on the field.

Daniel Jones’ Development with the New York Giants

Daniel Jones is now entering his second season as the Giants starting quarterback, and he’s coming back with a lot of experience. Jones played 13 games last year while having zero offensive line presence, and never had all 5 of his dangerous skill players play at the same time. Many more experienced players will say that the game slows down for them and they feel more comfortable. The last thing any defense needs is the gun-slinging Jones to feel even more comfortable than he already is. With Jones now feeling more comfortable in-game, you’ll see Jones make smarter and faster reads. Wouldn’t be surprised if we saw a 90+ yard passing touchdown from Jones to Tate this year.

Other Giants Players

The New York Giants have the best running back in the league, his name is Saquon Barkley, and Saquon Barkley could jump over buildings if he wanted to. The Giants also have the young Darius Slayton who led wide receiver rookies in touchdowns last year with 8. The Giants also have the returning Sterling Shepard who is one of the sneakiest players on the field. The Giants also have tight end Evan Engram who is simply known as “the matchup nightmare” when he’s healthy. Those players are all pro-bowl talents and take away the defense’s attention leaving Tate wide open for when he finds his “green.” How can coaches gameplan to stop 30 carries per-game from Barkley, and be ready for Tate to run a 40-yard post at the same time?

Conclusion

Golden Tate continues to be one of the most exciting players on the field at all times due to his route running abilities, his charisma, and his football intelligence. It may be too early to predict this, but if Tate stays healthy, and Covid-19 doesn’t end the season early, I predict that Tate catches 63 balls for 973 yards with 7 touchdowns, and he makes the pro-bowl as an alternate.

New York Giants: 3 players who could be on the trade block in 2020

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The New York Giants are still in the middle of a full roster rebuilt. They took positive steps forward during this past NFL draft. Adding tackle Andrew Thomas and safety Xavier McKinney to the team should see an improvement on both sides of the ball, but the reality is, struggles will exist.

With the seventh toughest schedule in the league this year, the Giants are facing an uphill battle to success. Staying close in games and competing in the fourth quarter would be a step forward compared to 2019. Expecting a playoff appearance is lofty, and the Giants should be looking for any way to improve their roster and add value for 2021 and beyond.

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Let’s take a look at three New York Giants players who could be trade pieces this season:

1.) Evan Engram

Right off the bat, trading Evan Engram is not ideal. However, if the Giants are struggling and a playoff-contending team is looking for a receiving threat at tight end, Engram could be on the trade block.

Adding a 2/3rd round pick for his services would be a solid deal, considering his injury history and having just one more season after 2020 on his deal.

Engram has consistently seen a decrease in statistical production since his inception in the NFL in 2017. In his rookie season, he posted six touchdowns and 722 yards but has since watched his yard totals dropped to 467 in 2019. At nearly 26 years old, he has plenty of potential and prime performance left, and new offensive coordinator Jason Garrett will look untap the wealth he contains.

We’ve seen what Engram can do on offense against mismatched in coverage. If he can stay on the field, there’s no question he can be one of the premier receiving threats from the position in the NFL. Again, I would prefer not to trade Evan and keep him as one of Daniel Jones’ top weapons, but if struggles arise, adding value isn’t a bad move.

2.) Golden Tate

Extracting value from players with one year left or outs in their contract is always a positive. Tate signed a four-year, $37.5 million deal with the Giants last season, but the team has an out after the 2020 campaign.

He will be turning 33 years old and counting just $5 million in dead cap space if the Giants release him. Otherwise, they will soak up an $11 million cap hit in 2021 and $8.5 million in 2022.

Benefiting off another team’s injuries is often how draft capital is accumulated, and the Giants could look to move Tate at the deadline if a team in need of a solid slot receiver comes calling. At that point in the year, he wouldn’t cost much for a playoff-contending squad, and he still has the goods to produce at a high-level. Last year with the Giants, he posted 676 yards and six touchdowns over 11 games. That was his highest touchdown total since 2015, proving he still has the ability to exceed expectations.

3.) Markus Golden (if retained)

As stated before, cashing in on short term deals is how teams like the New England Patriots stay in business for so long. Adding as much draft capital as possible and hoping a player pans out increases your probability of success.

With that being said, the Giants and new head coach Joe Judge hit Golden with the free-agent tender this off-season, which would pay him 110% of his 2019 salary. With only until July 22 to sign a multi-year deal elsewhere, it seems as if Golden will stick with the Giants for $4.125 million in 2020.

Considering no other teams pursued the double-digit sack pass rusher aggressively in free agency, the Giants should look to potentially maximize value in a trade. Again, a lot of these scenarios rely on other teams sustaining injuries and needing supplemental help. However, Markus fits the bill and can serve in a 3-4 and 4-3 base defense as either an OLB or DE.

Will the New York Giants Have A 1,000-Yard Receiver In 2020?

The New York Giants have put together an offense with a multitude of talented playmakers. Entering his second NFL season, Daniel Jones will be sharing the football with the likes of Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Evan Engram, Golden Tate, Darius Slayton, and others. On paper, this is a pretty solid stable of playmakers.

This is the same group that the Giants put on the field in 2019. But, with a new offensive scheme under Jason Garrett, will this same group of playmakers improve in 2020?

One area of the Giants’ offense that has been heavily discussed this offseason is the receiving corps. Many have criticized the Giants’ offense, citing a lack of a true number one receiver as a major weakness. Even former Giants Super Bowl champion wide receiver Amani Toomer stated this to be a weakness. With that being the case, what will the wide receivers be able to accomplish in 2020 with Daniel Jones and Jason Garrett?

Will There Be A 1,000-Yard Receiver?

From 2014 to 2018, the Giants had one primary receiver running the show and dominating the competition. Odell Beckham Jr. managed to surpass 1,00 receiving yards in every season he played with the Giants (except for 2017 when he only played in 4 games before suffering a season-ending leg injury).

Odell’s departure in the 2019 offseason came as a huge surprise for most Giants fans. Beckham had been the team’s best and most consistent player over the past five seasons and his absence was felt on Sundays in 2019. The Giants did not have a 1,000-yard receiver in 2019 and the team’s receivers struggled to fill the void that the Odell trade left behind.

Will that change in 2020? Will one of the Giants’ receivers crack 1,000 yards? Based on the career history of the Giants’ receivers, it is not very likely.

Sterling Shepard?

Sterling Shepard has never totaled 1,000 receiving yards in his four-year career. His career-high is 872 yards in 2018. Additionally, Shepard spent much of the 2019 season off the field due to injuries. It is unlikely that Sterling Shepard will net his first 1,000-yard season in 2020. Jason Garrett will be running a run-first offense that will use slot receivers like Shepard and Golden Tate as reliable chain movers and underneath route-runners. Shepard likely will not have enough big-play opportunities to have a chance at 1,000 receiving yards.

Golden Tate?

Golden Tate likely will not reach the 1,000-yard milestone this season for the same reasons as Sterling Shepard, though he seems to have a better chance than Sterling. Tate did manage to total 676 receiving yards in 11 games last season. Golden has had three 1,000-yard receiving seasons in his career, but not since 2017. At nearly 32-years old, it is hard to imagine Golden Tate having a career resurgence and becoming anything more than a reliable number two receiver with the Giants this season.

Darius Slayton?

Of all the Giants’ receiving targets, Darius Slayton has the best chance to total 1,000 receiving yards. Slayton flashed tons of potential in limited playing time in 2019. The rookie racked up 740 yards and 8 touchdowns, which was the most of all rookie receivers. Big Play Slay proved to be a big-time playmaker. If Slayton develops in year two he could have a breakout season and become that number one receiving threat that the Giants currently do not have. An expanded role as Daniel Jones’s favorite receiving target in 2020 gives Darius Slayton the best chance to top 1,000 receiving yards.

New York Giants: David Tyree talks Super Bowl 42, Eli Manning, Golden Tate

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David Tyree’s name hits home for New York Giants fans because of this:

Tyree’s helmet catch in the Giants’ Super Bowl 42 matchup with the New England Patriots was the heart of a game-winning drive, capped off by a 13-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning to Plaxico Burress with 0:35 remaining.

In an interview that will shown Tuesday night at 7 p.m. and rebroadcasted at 11:30 p.m. on the “MSG 150 at Home,” Tyree calls his mesmerizing catch the “monumental moment.”

“For me, it’s this moment that I call the monumental moment. It’s always something that I can go back to and celebrate with fans and teammates. And to be a part of history is pretty monumental. It’s amazing.”

Tyree appreciates the “journey and evolution” of his former quarterback.

“I think what I appreciate is the journey and evolution of Eli Manning. When you’re drafted #1 overall, the expectations are extremely high. When you think about the legacy attached to the name and the many shoes he had to walk into, especially coming into New York City. And what I appreciate is that it wasn’t all roses when he first stepped into New York. But he just worked. He was consistent, he was full of integrity and he was full of character. He was the best teammate I think any of us ever played with throughout our years. He never spoke ill of his teammates. He was very true to himself and he improved and matured into a Hall of Fame quarterback.”

The Giants selected Tyree in the sixth round of the 2003 NFL Draft out of Syracuse University. Across five seasons with the Giants he totaled 54 receptions, 650 yards and four touchdowns. In Super Bowl 42, he totaled three receptions, 43 yards and a touchdown.

Fast forward to 2020, and the Giants wide receiving corps is headlined by veterans Golden Tate and Sterling Shepard and soon-to-be second-year player Darius Slayton.

Tyree thinks Tate, 31, has “more in the tank.”

“I love Golden Tate. I’ll just say that right now. He’s definitely got more in the tank.”

Tate finished 2019 with 49 receptions, 676 yards and six touchdowns across 11 games. He was suspended the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances. Tate is entering the second season of a four-year, $37.5 million contract with the Giants.

Will the New York Giants move on from Golden Tate after the 2020 season?

New York Giants, Golden Tate

The New York Giants often seems to be far superior to their defense of unit, based on their number of playmakers. Talent like Saquon Barkley, Darius Slayton, Sterling Shepard, and Golden Tate all represent a bevy of options Daniel Jones can utilize in the pass and run game.

New offensive coordinator Jason Garrett will draw up a diverse game with plenty of pre-snap motion to distract opposing defenses and create more unpredictability. One player that will need to have a stellar season to remain with the Giants until 2022 is Golden Tate, who has an out after the 2020 season.

Tate has been one of the more effective and productive receivers after the catch over the past few seasons. Between the 2014-18 seasons, Tate lead the league in yards after the catch, showing off his versatility and shifty skill-set. He lead the category in three of the last four years during that time span. He also had the second-most third-down receptions since 2014, when he joined the Detroit Lions.

The Giants saw some of that playmaking ability in 2019 in his first year with the team, but Jones was young and inexperienced, which resulted in some poor throws and bad decisions. I believe he will have a more productive year in 2020, but age will begin to take its toll on his physical abilities. He will be 32 years old next season, and for a physical receiver that depends on his lateral mobility, he could soon begin to fall off, and the Giants have the leverage moving forward to release him.

If the Giants cut him after 2020, they will save $6 million in cap space. He has a projected cap hit of $11 million in 2021, and a dead cap hit of $5 million. That additional money could be utilized to address the pass rush or bring in another wide receiver with more talent. Ultimately, the Giants are going to have to allocate money toward the unit eventually, since Sterling Shepard is one more concussion away from potentially ending his career and Darius Slayton can’t handle the load on his own.

Alternatively, if the Giants have a tumultuous campaign, they could be in line to land Ja’Marr Chase out of LSU, one of the best wide receivers over the past few draft classes.