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.

New York Giants: Sterling Shepard key to offense’s success

New York Giants receiver, Sterling Shepard.

The New York Giants suffered a heart-breaking loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday Night. But the Giants’ offense had one of its best performances of the season in that game.

New York’s offense put together three touchdown drives, including one 15-play 75-yard scoring drive. That drive was capped off with a touchdown pass to wide receiver Sterling Shepard. Shepard played his first game since Week Two as he has been recovering from a turf toe injury on injured reserve.

In his first game back from injury, Sterling Shepard was excellent and proved just how important he is to the Giants’ offense.

Sterling Shepard Week 7 Stats and Highlights

Sterling Shepard was the Giants’ leading receiver on Thursday night. He totaled 6 receptions for 59 yards and 1 touchdown on 8 targets.

The key to Shepard’s success is his route running. Sterling is by far the Giants’ best route runner. He is able to run elite routes to separate from defenders and get himself open against tight coverage. Shepard averaged an impressive 4.5 yards of separation according to Next Gen Stats.

Sterling Shepard’s consistent separation is crucial for the Giants’ offense. The rest of the team’s playmakers on offense often struggle to separate on their routes. Darius Slayton is only averaging 2.1 yards of separation and Golden Tate is averaging 2.7 yards.

The Giants’ offense severely missed having Sterling Shepard on the field. But now, with Shepard healthy and back in the starting lineup, the Giants’ passing attack should improve drastically. The Giants finally have a wide receiver who can get open consistently. Expect to see Sterling Shepard finish the 2020 NFL season strong for New York.

The New York Giants need to be sellers at the trade deadline and nothing else

New York Giants, Dave Gettleman

The Nov. 3 NFL trade deadline is quickly approaching, and the New York Giants find themselves in an interesting dilemma.

They aren’t a playoff-caliber team, not by a long shot, and yet they are still firmly in the race for the NFC East division title despite sitting at 1-5 on the season. Coming off a close win against the Washington Football Team last week, if the Giants win their second divisional game in a row Thursday night against the Eagles, they would be tied for first place in the division.

Getting a win on Thursday, however, could be potentially dangerous for the Giants. Not to say winning is bad, but the Giants being right in the thick of the NFC East race might prompt general manager Dave Gettleman to try and make a move to acquire a player at the trade deadline in an effort to win the division. That is the opposite of what the Giants should be doing, as they are a rebuilding team who needs to acquire more draft capital by giving away players, not the other way around.

Gettleman is widely expected to be let go after the season, according to ESPN’s Dan Graziano, and this could force him to go into desperation mode at the deadline. But, the reality is this team is nowhere near in position to be giving up more draft picks and future assets because they aren’t a win-now team, no matter where they are in the divisional standings.

The Giants only have five picks in the 2021 NFL Draft as is, after giving up a 5th in the Leonard Williams trade last year and a 7th for cornerback Isaac Yiadom right before the season started. The last thing they can afford is having even less draft picks to work with for this draft and potentially beyond, especially if there’s going to be a new general manager calling the shots.

There have been some players around the league rumored to be potential trade targets who could help the Giants, such as Cincinnati Bengals speedy wide receiver John Ross. The former first-round pick could provide a much-needed boost for the Giants lackluster passing game and give Jason Garrett an intriguing down-field threat to work with.

But, no matter who may be available via trade, the Giants need to resist the temptation and look at the big picture. Making a move at the deadline that would possibly help the team in the short-term would handicap them in the long-term, and that’s what this team should be focusing on. Is it really worth it for the Giants bring in a player who gets them to maybe 6-7 wins at best and buys them a first-round exit in the playoffs? Not only that but by winning the division, the Giants would have a late first-round pick and miss out on a lot of the top draft prospects, which would be a nightmare scenario.

The Giants need to be looking at players on their roster who they can potentially move for any semblance of value. Some possible options include wide receivers Golden Tate and Sterling Shepard, and outside linebacker Markus Golden. If they can draft picks for any one of those players, they need to pull the trigger and stock up for the future.

With Gettleman seemingly on his way out, Joe Judge and the Giants need to stop Gettleman from giving in and making another Leonard Williams-type trade in a last-ditch effort to try and save his job. This team needs to be focusing on building for the future, getting any value they can for expendable players who aren’t part of the long-term plan, and developing the young players they have on the roster currently.

Therefore, the Giants need to be sellers this trade deadline rather than buyers because the only thing they would be buying themselves is another ticket on the same carousel they’ve been riding since 2011.

New York Giants: Golden Tate’s role in the offense diminishing by week

New York Giants, Golden Tate

The New York Giants‘ offense has struggled throughout the 2020 NFL season. Even in the team’s first victory of the year on Sunday, the offense was not the driving force towards victory. New York is now also dealing with numerous injuries in their skill positions.

Sterling Shepard has missed the last four games with turf toe. Darius Slayton has been banged up, but playing through injuries at a high level. CJ Board suffered a scary head/neck injury on Sunday. The Giants are running out of options in their receiving corpse.

In addition to having less wide receivers available to play, New York has also made the decision to put Golden Tate on the field less. His role in the offense has diminished week by week since Week Three. Tate’s absence on the field is peculiar when considering his durability and high salary. But Joe Judge has stayed true to his word: no matter where you are drafted or how much you are paid, you have to earn your spot. Golden Tate has not earned his spot thus far in 2020.

Golden Tate’s Diminishing Role

In Week Three, Golden Tate was featured prominently in the Giants offense, playing 92% of the team’s offensive snaps. His snap percentage decreased to 75% the following week. His role diminished even further the following week, as he played only 59% of the Giants’ offensive snaps in Week Five.

In the Giants’ Week Six win, Tate played 62% of the team’s offensive snaps. But in the first half, Tate was barely seen on the field. It was not until CJ Board went down with an injury that Tate started seeing significant time on the field.

Golden Tate has seen his role in the Giants’ offense decrease significantly. He has only been targeted 24 times in six games. He also had only one target and one reception in Week Six against the Washington Football Team.

Tate’s Lackluster Performance and Clouded Future

Golden Tate is one of the highest-paid players on the Giants’ offense. New York handed Tate a four-year $37.5 million contract to supplement the loss of Odell Beckham Jr. in the 2019 offseason. Tate’s cap hit is over $10 million this year, but the veteran wide receiver is not living up to that price tag.

The New York Giants are unlikely to keep Tate around long-term. He is on pace to total only 57 receptions and 468 yards this season. It does not make sense to pay a wide receiver over $10 million for an average of 31.2 yards per game. Luckily for New York, there is a potential out in Tate’s contract this upcoming offseason. The Giants can cut Golden Tate in the 2021 offseason to free up over $6 million in cap space. Considering the way he has played this year, it seems likely that the Giants will go this route. That is if Golden Tate is not traded at this year’s deadline

New York Giants: With trade deadline three weeks away, who should be on the chopping block?

New York Giants, Dave Gettleman

The New York Giants are sitting with a pitiful 0-5 record. According to Tankathon, if the season ended today, the Giants would own the first overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. With such a grim outlook ahead, New York is likely in need of a roster rebuild once again.

Three weeks from today, a highly-important day in the NFL will occur: the 2020 NFL Trade Deadline. The rumor mill is already starting to heat up with Jets running back Le’Veon Bell already being shopped around the league. New York was involved with the 2019 NFL Trade Deadline, making a trade to acquire Leonard Williams days before the deadline passed.

This begs the questions: will the New York Giants be active at this year’s trade deadline? Will they be buying, or more likely selling? If selling, who is on the chopping block?

Buying or Selling?

At 0-5, the New York Giants need to be selling, not buying. No 0-5 team has ever bounced back and made their way into the playoffs. The Giants’ season, unfortunately, is over. It is time to start looking towards the future.

The best way for an NFL team to plan for their future is to acquire draft capital; turn under-performing veteran players into young, high-potential players via the NFL Draft. The last thing the Giants need is to give up draft capital for veteran players. New York needs to rebuild this team and focus on their future, not remain in win-now mode.

Evan Engram

Giants tight end Evan Engram has not had the breakout 2020 campaign that many fans expected him to have. Engram is a talented player that has struggled with injuries throughout his career. In his most healthy season (2017), Evan played 15 games and totaled 64 receptions for 722 yards and 6 touchdowns.

Through the first five weeks of the 2020 NFL season, Engram has been targeted 32 times and totaled 18 receptions for 147 yards and 0 touchdowns. It has been a disappointing start to Engram’s fourth career season. With his contract expiring next year, the Giants need to decide whether or not Engram has a future on this team. With as much raw talent and athletic ability that he has, he would certainly have a trade market if the Giants decide to ship him out of New Jersey.

Dave Gettleman

General manager Dave Gettleman’s seat is flaming hot. Gettleman was nearly fired in the 2020 offseason but was kept around to prove his worth for one more season. Considering the Giants’ season is off to a historically bad start, it is reasonable to assume that Gettleman’s seat is hot, once again.

Last year, Gettleman made the controversial decision to trade for Leonard Williams ahead of the trade deadline. This left New York without a third-round pick and cost them the opportunity to secure more young talent. Gettleman cannot make a decision like this again. The Giants should not afford Gettleman the opportunity to trade for players this season. If he is not willing to sell assets, he should not be making any trades.

Golden Tate

After two years with the Giants, it seems like the writing is on the wall for wide receiver Golden Tate. Tate has struggled to make an impact in the Giants’ offense this year. The former “YAC King” has only averaged 2.6 yards after the catch per reception.

Teams around the NFL could find Tate to be a solid veteran option to line up in the slot. Tate has reliable hands, he has just struggled to separate and make plays in space. The New England Patriots were a potential landing spot for Golden Tate in free agency before he signed with New York. Maybe New England would be willing to give up a draft pick to improve Cam Newton’s weapons for the final stretch of the season.