New York Giants Drop Two, Gain Golden Tate And Josiah Tauaefa

New York Giants, Golden Tate

The New York Giants have one major roster change coming for their game against the Vikings – wide receiver Golden Tate, who was suspended for the first weeks of the season thanks to what appears to be an accidental PED violation, is making his return and finally giving the Giants a more complete set of receivers. It’s something that, thanks to Tate’s suspension and Sterling Shepard’s early season concussion troubles, the team hasn’t had since they made the decision to ship Odell Beckham Jr. off to Cleveland.

However, the addition isn’t without its losses – with Tate back in the mix there’s some other players that the Giants just don’t need as much, and a couple of those players were released to make room for Tate and one other addition, linebacker Josiah Tauaefa, a practice squad player meant to help fill the gap left by Ryan Connelly after the Wisconsin rookie was taken out for the entire season by an ACL injury.

The two cuts are other wide receivers, Bennie Fowler and T.J. Jones. While both players performed alright in the preseason neither one made enough of a mark to stay on the roster now that Tate is back, which seems to be the motivating factor for their release.

Connelly isn’t the only injury at the linebacker position and due to the very thin nature of the spot. Tauaefa represents a more important addition to the team which for now, is good enough to get him promoted off the practice squad.

The game against Minnesota will be the first one featuring Golden Tate and Daniel Jones playing at the same time for the Giants, which is certainly intriguing. One can hope that with a pair of additions, the team can continue to win even with the absence of their top offensive player, Saquon Barkley, for the upcoming weeks.

New York Giants: A Look At The Banged Up Receiving Corps Heading Into Week Two

New York Giants, Cody Latimer

The New York Giants will have their season home opener today against the Buffalo Bills. This is a crucial game for the Giants as they are coming off of a tough blowout loss to the division-rival Cowboys. New York is 0-1 and desperately needs to avoid an 0-2 start to the season (again).

Unfortunately, the Giants have been hit with the injury bug at their receiver position. Multiple receivers on the Giants’ roster are dealing with an injury.

Sterling Shepard OUT vs. Buffalo

The New York Giants will be without their best receiver in week two. Sterling Shepard has a concussion and will miss an unspecified amount of time healing. The Giants are also being investigated by the NFL for the way they dealt (or didn’t deal) with Shepard’s concussion.

Sterling took a hit to the head, wobbled, then collapsed during the week one game in Dallas. He seemed momentarily knocked out before getting up and staying in the game. Shepard sustained a concussion on this play and should not have been allowed to continue playing, but the Giants left him in the game.

The Giants might face some sort of punishment for this inaction. But, if not, they will at the very least be without their best receiver for a week or longer.

Who Is Filling In For Shep?

Upon ruling Shepard out for week two, the Giants made an important roster move. They signed preseason standout T.J. Jones to the active roster. Jones was impressive in the preseason, leading many fans to be disappointed when he was cut from the final roster.

In limited preseason playing time, Jones hauled in 12 catches for 146 yards and 2 touchdowns. T.J. looked good in preseason, running crisp routes and making a few tough grabs. His most impressive moments were against the Bears, connecting with rookie quarterback Daniel Jones.

Fans are excited to see T.J. Jones making a return. Fans are lucky to see Cody Latimer still in the lineup.

A Hobbled Cody Latimer To Start

The Giants will be without Sterling Shepard on Sunday, but they will have Cody Latimer. Latimer was impressive in week one (one of only a few players to play to their potential). Cody racked up 74 receiving yards on 3 catches against the Cowboys, including one incredible one-handed grab.

Latimer is the Giants’ best deep threat option. When healthy, he has the speed and size to make plays deep on the outside. Unfortunately, the Giants will not be getting a fully healthy Cody Latimer against the Bills.

Latimer is dealing with a calf injury that will keep his abilities limited in week two. The Giants’ deep-play ability might suffer from this. New York has a couple of other receivers on the depth chart who might try to fill in here.

The other Giants receivers healthy and playing in week two are Russell Shepard, Bennie Fowler, and Cody Core. Fowler and Shepard are much more likely to see game-action than Core. Eli Manning will be without a primary receiver again this week, so expect to see the Giants rely heavily on superstar running back Saquon Barkley.

New York Giants News, 9/13 – Another Giants receiver added to the injury list

New York Giants, Cody Latimer

Good Morning, New York Giants Fans!

With the Giants preparing to take on the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, they will need all of their offensive firepower to overcome a solid defensive opponent.

Big Blue will potentially be without top pass-catcher Sterling Shepard with a concussion and new signing Golden Tate due to suspension. Add in the late injury to Cody Latimer, a calf ailment, and the Giants could be down to the bare bones of their wide receiver corps.

Signing T.J. Jones this week will help supplement the loss of their pass-catchers, but not to a level where they can expect to succeed at a high level. Latimer, who’s a steady No. 2/3 wideout, is expected to be the top option for quarterback Eli Manning, and without him, Bennie Fowler and Russell Shepard will be expected to elevate their games.

However, tight end Evan Engram will be the primary target for Manning and head coach Pat Shurmur will have no choice but to utilize Saquon Barkley early and often. Compared to week one against the Dallas Cowboys, Barkley’s workload will increase against the Bills. He was used sparingly due to a lack of offensive ball control, as the Cowboys led for a majority of the game and were scoring at will.

Despite the defensive woes, the Giants offense didn’t score until the third quarter after their first drive touchdown against the Cowboys and losing two receivers only hurts their chances of elevating their production in week two.

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New York Giants: Five Players Who Will Be Hard To Release

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In 2018 the New York Giants turned over so much of their roster they didn’t have many difficult decisions to make. Fast-forward one year and there are some very tough decisions now that the roster is improving under new GM Dave Gettleman. Here are 5 players who would be very tough to say goodbye to:

BJ Goodson

The inside linebacker hasn’t been super impressive in his career, now going into his fourth season. While he’s left a lot to be desired he’s a step above the available inside linebackers on the market. BJ Goodson will most likely be picked up by another team quickly, but he hasn’t out-produced his in-house competition in Tae Davis and Ryan Connelly.

If the team doesn’t plan on keeping four inside linebackers, which is a tall task, they will be forced to release BJ Goodson. Keeping an extra inside linebacker would be a luxury for a team who has uncertainty at the position but the team most likely won’t have room for luxuries.

Scott Simonson

Scott Simonson has been a blocking specialist for the Oakland Raiders, Carolina Panthers, and most recently, the New York Giants in 2018. Before last year he caught 1 pass in his first 3 years but caught 9 passes from Eli in 2018. He proved to be a functional pass catcher when given the opportunity, along with adequate blocking ability, but the team has plenty of depth at this position.

Evan Engram and Rhett Ellison are a lock to make the team, leaving one more spot for a tight end. Simonson faces tough competition in Garrett Dickerson and CJ Conrad who have both looked more impressive than Simonson throughout training camp. There’s a chance the coaching staff feels differently about his summer performance and keeps Simonson, but if they do move on from him, it will not be an easy decision.

Bennie Fowler

This may surprise some people since Bennie Fowler has been running with the first-team throughout the summer. While that’s true, guys like Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate, and Darius Slayton have all missed significant amounts of practices. Fowler suited up for the New York Giants for 10 games last year, but the team has a ton of depth at this position going into 2019.

Not to say the position has improved overall without you know who, but the depth of the position looks much stronger compared to last year. Fowler started his career as a Denver Bronco and was a backup receiver for the team. He never broke 400 receiving yards and his average yardage per reception never even reached 9 yards.

One of the major knocks on Fowler is the dropped passes which have been an issue here an there this summer. Fowler’s combination of size and speed is impressive but there are too many sure-handed receivers to pick from on the roster to trust Fowler going into a new season.

Brittan Golden

Brittan Golden was injured for most of the training camp but his recent performance should make the coaching staff take a 2nd look at him. After seeming destined to be axed this Saturday, he took the field against the Bengals and returned a punt 68 yards for a touchdown. That’s a skill the team has been seeking for a long time. But for Golden to make the roster, the team would need to be willing to designate an entire roster spot to a return specialist.

Golden did catch a nice pass from Daniel Jones about 30 yards down the field, but the top three receiving spots have been decided already. He would also have guys like Darius Slayton, Russell Shepard, and Alonzo Russell to compete with for targets. Golden probably got healthy too late in the summer to make a name for himself. If Jabrill Peppers is gassed after playing defense more often than not and Golden Tate’s age starts to dull his explosiveness, the team might wonder what could’ve been with the potential return specialist.

TJ Jones

Another wide receiver who has flashed throughout the preseason will probably be sent packing on Saturday. TJ Jones was added to the team after camp already started, but he’s done well enough to possibly carve out a spot on the roster. The problem is, he’s not the only one.

One of the deepest positions on the roster is at wide receiver and there’s a handful who have guaranteed spots. Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate, Cody Latimer, and Darius Slayton will all be on the team. Only leaving 2 more spots for guys like Russell Shepard, Alonzo Russell, Bennie Fowler, Brittan Golden, and TJ Jones.

The team is very likely to keep Russell Shepard, giving the team 3 receivers who are primarily slot-receivers. This would make it hard to keep a fourth slot-receiver in TJ jones instead of an outside receiver. While he has the talent to stick on rosters around the league, the Giants have no shortage of slot-receiver talent.

This coming Saturday is oftentimes a coach’s most dreaded weekend of the year. Sometimes they have to send valuable players packing for one reason or another. The Giants have a few positions where they will need to shed adequate depth which isn’t easy to do. While it’s not always easy, it’ll be much harder to do than last year, indicating improvement of the team overall.

New York Giants: TJ Jones could steal the No. 3 WR spot from Cody Latimer

New York Giants, Cody Latimer

While Cody Latimer is the expected starter for the New York Giants at the number three wide receiver spot, he lost a bit of ground on Thursday night against the Cincinnati Bengals. As the consensus number one option due to Sterling Shepard’s broken thumb and Golden Tate’s concussion, he was the lead target for Eli Manning and the offense. He finished the game with one catch for 9-yards and two drops, one of them being in the end zone.

Latimer has the speed and route-running ability to be a favorite option for Manning on the offense, but his performance on Thursday night was nothing short of abysmal.

He gave incumbent TJ Jones a good chance at climbing the ranks and giving him a run for his money. Luckily for Latimer, Jones did not record a reception against the Bengals, but he was missed on a long throw on the left side of the field by Alex Tanney. He created separation and had two defenders trailing him from behind.

The New York Giants must be impressed with TJ Jones:

In week one of the preseason against the New York Jets, Jones finished the night with six receptions for 72 yards and a score. One week later,  he hauled in three receptions for 32 yards and a touchdown against the Chicago Bears, proving that he can be a consistent option and threat in the passing game. He worked as a  wide-out and out of the slot, showing speed and agility from both positions.

Jones was overshadowed while playing in Detroit, behind Kenny Golladay and Golden Tate. He will have the opportunity to be an impact player for the Giants moving forward, as he has shined in limited reps this preseason.

Realistically, Jones will likely feature behind Shepard, Tate, and Latimer. He doesn’t have the chemistry and experience with Manning that Cody does, which puts him at a disadvantage. However, if he continues to play the way he has and develops a relationship with Manning, he could overtake Latimer during the regular season.

His shiftiness in coverage and ability to make tough catches makes him a wild card on offense, and it’s always good to have an unexpected talent make an impact.

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“I think that the opportunity, when it’s presented, you make it what you want it to,” Jones said. “If you come in here (as) just a camp body, then that’s what you put out on film. You won’t believe you have a shot, so you won’t put your best foot forward. But if you come in with the mindset that I’m here to earn a spot, to earn a job whether it’s here to put out good film or if I were let go for someone else to see good film, that’s on you. So, I came to make the best of the opportunity and to definitely not let the timing of it affect the way I approached it.”

Should the New York Giants really consider a Laquon Treadwell trade?

Should the New York Giants look into Laquon Treadwell?

The New York Giants wide receiver corps has been decimated by injuries and suspensions this offseason. The first to go down was Corey Coleman with an ACL, a former first-round pass-catcher that was looking to revitalize his career and compete for the No. Three receiver spot on the roster.

The Giants’ best option in Sterling Shepard then fractured his thumb, and to make matters worse, Golden Tate was suspended for the first four games of the regular season due to a violation of the league’s performance-enhancing drugs policy.

While various negative factors have plagued the receiving corps, they have managed to excel during the preseason, racking up 646 total yards of offense. Despite their success, a majority of their production has occurred against backup/reserve players. We cannot assume they will continue to succeed against starting-quality players.

Should the New York Giants consider Laquon Treadwell in a potential trade?

The 6-foot-3, 218-pound wideout hasn’t lived up to his first-round expectation since his inception into the league in 2016. In nine games during his rookie campaign, Treadwell only recorded 15 yards and one reception. Since then, he’s totaled 512 total yards.

He has had trouble creating separation and hauling in passes at the professional level. He enjoyed a career-high, 66% completion percentage last season — 302 yards and one score. He has just one touchdown in three years.

Treadwell previously played under current Giants head coach Pat Shurmur while with Minnesota. Injuries have plagued his career up to this point and minimize his potential and production.

Why the Giants shouldn’t consider him as an option:

Laquon isn’t capable of being a starting-caliber player in the NFL, and we shouldn’t expect him to suddenly blossom into a quality option after three mediocre years. The Giants are better of sticking with preseason star TJ Jones in the passing game as their No. 4-5 receiver.

Jones has racked up an impressive 105 yards and two scores in just two games this preseason. He has developed solid chemistry with rookie quarterback Daniel Jones and has displayed efficiency as a wideout and from the slot.

The former Detroit Lion was overshadowed by Kenny Golladay last season, despite earning a 73.1% catch-rate.

Jones can be a trustworthy option for Eli Manning, especially with injuries piling up and the loss of Tate for four games. It’s better to reward players already on the roster that have been fighting for a spot than to bring in a questionable player that will cost draft-capital.

New York Giants: Cody Latimer has competition for the No. 3 wide receiver spot

New York Giants, Cody Latimer

Over two preseason games for the New York Giants, the number three wide receiver position has completely opened up. After Corey Coleman suffered a torn ACL, the starting roll automatically went to Cody Latimer.

So far, Latimer has looked good in two preseason matchup’s, hauling in two receptions for 36 yards against the Jets and two receptions for 60 yards against the Bears.

Latimer has the most chemistry with Eli Manning, the Giants’ starting quarterback for the 2019 season. That gives him a significant advantage over other options.

However, one new receiver has been making waves and is looking very impressive and efficient through two games. Former Detroit Lion T.J. Jones managed six receptions for 72 yards and a touchdown against the Jets in week one of the preseason, and week two he managed three receptions for 32 yards and a touchdown.

“I think that the opportunity, when its presented you make it what you want it to,” Jones told reporters on Wednesday. “If you come in leaving here, just a camp body then that’s what you put out on film. You won’t believe you have a shot so you won’t put your best foot forward, but if you come in with the mindset that I’m here to earn a spot, to earn a job whether it’s here to put out good film or if I were let go for someone else to see good film. That’s on you, so I came to make the best of the opportunity and to definitely not let the timing of it, kind of effect the way I approached it.”

Jones is a capable wide receiver that can play on the boundary and in the slot. He has shown versatility and speed in his game so far. He was overshadowed in Detroit behind players like Golden Tate and Kenny Golladay in previous seasons, but he is a solid pass catcher and can be an impact player for the Giants next season. At this point, Latimer seems to be the favorite option, but Jones is creeping up quickly.

Jones is more than capable of handling the workload against first-string opponents, as he has been dominating the reserves of other teams.

What has been most impressive from the five-year veteran has been his touchdown receptions. His first score was on a  back-shoulder pass from Alex Tanney that Jones tracked down perfectly and rotated his body to secure in the end zone. Against the Chicago Bears, he enjoyed a beautiful fade route that saw Daniel Jones drop the ball in his breadbasket.

One thing that has stood out to me is that Jones can run a good portion of the route tree. The Giants and head coach Pat Shurmur have been utilizing him in different ways to see what he’s capable of and how they can extract the most value during the regular season. He can be a significant contributor moving forward. Whether or not he can beat out Cody Latimer for the number three receiver spot is a whole different story.

The New York Giants need to give WR TJ Jones a fighting chance

T.J. Jones, New York Giants

With the New York Giants losing Golden Tate for the first four games of the regular season due to a violation against the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy, several other past catchers will earn the opportunity to fight for a roster spot.

Tate is an automatic starter, but behind him and Sterling Shepard, the competition is wide open. Receivers such as Cody Latimer, TJ Jones, Brittan Golden, Bennie Fowler, Russell Shepard, and Alonzo Russell are all fighting for a starting spot.

At this point, Latimer seems to be in the lead for the number three spot on the wide receiver corps, but Jones is making a significant impact.

Better receivers have kept Jones in the shadows over the last few seasons. The emergence of Kenny Golladay with the Detroit Lions pushed Jones down the depth chart, but he has plenty of talent and effectiveness to offer another team. The Giants will need his services this year after injuries to Corey Coleman and a suspension to Golden Tate.

What are the New York Giants getting in TJ Jones?

Last season, TJ played in 15 games hauling in 19 receptions for 190 yards and two touchdowns. He had a catch rate of 73.1%, which attests to his trustworthy hands. For the Giants this preseason, he has looked sharp. In the first preseason game against the New York Jets, he led the Giants in both receptions (6) and yards (72) and caught a 31-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Lauletta on the back shoulder.

His decisiveness and dynamic play style make him a threat as a wide-out and in the slot. The Giants can move him all around the offense and utilize him in different ways to keep the defense honest.

Jones seems to have a chip on his shoulder and sees the opportunity with this struggling wide receiver group. He has left his mark thus far and will earn another chance against the Chicago Bears on Friday night to prove that he can be an impact player during the regular season.

“We signed him because we liked him,” Shurmur said. “We felt like he was a guy that could come in, compete, and make our team, regardless of who we had on the roster. It was more of replacing Corey at that time. When you have a player that’s going to miss a month, then it kind of elevates the guys behind him. One of those guys may be a guy that’s here for a month until Golden gets back.”

New York Giants: Options To Fill In For Golden Tate Weeks 1-4

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The New York Giants have had a rocky training camp at the wide receiver position. They have seen multiple receivers go down with season-ending injuries. On top of that, New York’s primary receiver Sterling Shepard has been dealing with a broken thumb suffered on the first day of practice.

To make matters way worse, the Giants’ other primary receiver, Golden Tate, has been suspended for the first four weeks of the season. This leaves the Giants with a few question marks in their receiving corps. The Giants will need someone to step in for Golden Tate. Should the Giants promote someone in house or look to bring in someone new?

Free Agent Options

The Giants recently held a free-agent workout for receivers and did sign one. New York signed T.J. Jones, a former Detroit Lion. Jones has flashed during camp and looked like a solid option in the first preseason game. But, now that Golden Tate’s suspension is official, it could be beneficial for the Giants to hold another workout.

One receiver that the Giants should look into is Michael Crabtree. The veteran receiver has had a long NFL career and proved that he still has something left in the tank last year with the Baltimore Ravens. Crabtree caught 54 passes from rookie Lamar Jackson en route to 3 touchdowns and 607 yards.

Michael Crabtree’s age of 31 years-old would go a long way in filling in for Golden Tate. Tate is a veteran leader that will be sorely missed on the football field, so Crabtree would be a solid player to fulfill Golden’s role.

Another veteran free agent receiver the Giants could look into is Pierre Garcon. Garcon has not played much the last two years (eight games each season), but the Giants would only need him to perform in the first four weeks. Garcon has had a long and productive career and is a reliable receiver.

But Pierre Garcon is coming off of a pretty significant injury. Pierre’s 2018 season ended after undergoing knee surgery. The Giants would not be counting on him to survive sixteen games, just four. If the Giants are looking for a veteran receiver to fill in for a veteran receiver, Pierre Garcon would bring valuable reliability as a pass-catcher for Eli Manning.

Options On The Roster

The previously mentioned T.J. Jones has looked like a promising receiving option. He lead the team in receiving in the Giants’ first preseason game. He totaled 6 receptions on 6 targets for 72 yards and 1 touchdown. If push comes to shove and the Giants are unable to make any transactions at wide receiver, T.J. Jones could step in as a solid receiving option.

The Giants have another darkhorse receiving option on the roster. This player did not make as big of an impact against the Jets as Jones did, but he has been a playmaker throughout training camp. This player is Alonzo Russell.

Alonzo Russell has been Daniel Jones’s favorite target in training camp. He has shown serious potential in multiple instances. One of his best traits is his body. Russell is a tall receiver standing in at 6-feet-4-inches and weighing in at 206 pounds.

The Giants have copious options if they choose to add to their receiving corps. Golden Tate will miss the first four games of the season and it is crucial for the Giants to get off to a hot start this season with this year’s schedule.

New York Giants: Rookie receiver Darius Slayton needs to step up

New York Giants, Darius Slayton

The New York Giants are dropping like flies at the wide receiver position. On Monday, WR Amba Etta Tawo has carted off the field with an apparent leg injury. It has since been confirmed that he tore his Achilles tendon.

Etta Tawo was a fan favorite from 2018 and was looking to make his mark on the team once more this season. With pass-catchers dropping, the Giants brought in the speedster to add depth to the unit, but even the depth is prone to the injury bug.

The Giants now have Sterling Shepard (thumb), Golden Tate (potential suspension), Cody Latimer, TJ Jones, Brittan Golden, Bennie Fowler, Russell Shepard, Allonzo Russell, Da’Mari Scott, Alex Wesley, Reggie White Jr., and Darius Slayton.

Slayton, who was selected in the 5th round, has been nursing a hamstring injury the past few weeks, failing to feature against the New York Jets last week and missing out on essential practice time. However, he’s one of the young bright spots on the offense that offers potentials.

The Auburn product’s primary strength is his impressive speed. Entering mini-camp and OTAs, Slayton looked awful; dropping passes left and right. Once he shook off the rookie jitters, though, he became one of two players to earn first-team reps before training camp.

His most recent injury has held him back significantly.

“It stands out,’’ Giants WR coach Tyke Tolbert said. “It’s noticeable all the plays he was making throughout the spring.’’

The Giants desperately need their speedy pass-catcher on the field, especially with all of the recent injuries popping up. He will likely make his preseason debut against the Chicago Bears on Friday, allowing him to showcase his abilities against professional talent.

Expect head coach Pat Shurmur to utilize him as a wide receiver-screen target and quick slant option. Having great speed and agility off the line of scrimmage will make him deadly within 10 yards. His yards after catch will be the fun part to watch.