Despite a prior PED suspension that resulted in Golden Tate not suiting up for the first four games of the season, Tate has been “Golden” since making his New York Giants Debut in Week five.
When the Giants first announced they had reached an agreement with 31-year-old veteran wide-out, Golden Tate, on a $37.5 million, four-year deal, fans were skeptical to say the least. Was it a blockbuster move? No.
In fact, for the most part it appeared to be a fairly mundane signing. And yet, here we are, nine weeks into a Giants season that has become a huge disappointment – following their fifth consecutive loss to the Dallas Cowboys this past Monday night – and Tate seems to be one of the few bright spots on a team currently going nowhere.
His numbers through five games as a Giant have excelled in comparison to the eight games he played with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2018, after being traded from the Detroit Lions during last year’s trade deadline.
Following Monday night’s game against the Dallas Cowboys, Golden Tate’s 2019 five-game totals are highlighted by his 29 receptions for 322 yards, one touchdown, and an average of 11.1 yards per gain, compared to the 30 receptions for 278 yards, 1 touchdown, and an average of 9.3 yards per gain he accumulated in the second half of last season. Over a 16 game season, his per-game numbers with Big Blue equate to a 1,030 yard season, while the ones from Philadelphia add up to a putrid 556 yard campaign.
Granted, he is not competing for targets against the likes of Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor or Zach Ertz. However, the disparity between his numbers as a member of Big Blue and their division rival indicates the kind of campaign he is putting together in New York and the potential he brings to the passing game; especially with a rookie quarterback under center.
The mostimportant takeaway from his performance so far is that he seems to have developed a good rapport with Daniel Jones, which is vital to the team’s postseason viability in seasons to come.
For a GM that has been heavily criticized by the fan base and the media for his free agency maneuvers, this Dave Gettleman signing seems to be paying dividends already in spite of a delayed start due to the news of his PED suspension prior to the start of the 2019 season.
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Still, regardless of Tate’s promising performance in a Giants uniform, it is imperative that Gettleman and his team add another receiver in next April’s draft or through free agency that will compliment Tate in his sophomore year, as well as strengthen the Giants deficient receiving corps even after Sterling Shepherd recovers from his recent injuries and joins him on the field.