Starting Receiver #3: Golden Tate
Golden Tate came to New York last year and did everything asked of him, except for getting off to a rough start with the team by being suspended for suspected PED use despite it being for fertility medication. He was suspended 4 games and lost his subsequent appeal.
The correct thing for Tate to do if he was telling the truth – which you would be inclined to believe due to his prior character – would to have followed the league-mandated rules of notifying the league of any new substances taken – he failed to do so and paid the price.
Once his somewhat questionable suspension was over, Tate came in and was a pro’s pro. He didn’t see much action come his way his first game back against Minnesota but his impact was felt his second game back against New England on Thursday Night. Golden took the top off the Patriots vaunted defense and scored the first receiving touchdown the Pats D let up all season up to that point in Week 6.
Tate is a crafty veteran that does his best work finding the space in between defenses whether it’s in man or zone coverage. He has an uncanny sense and ability to see the defense and the available space open and feel the coverage and make contested catches.
Tate showed up big time last year on several 3rd downs, keeping drives alive time after time. He isn’t afraid to jump up and high point the ball, make crazy catches, and he is one of the NFL’s best at yardage-after-the-catch.
Tate will be back for more in 2020. He will be the team’s veteran leader in the receiving room. Golden won a Super Bowl with Seattle in 2013 and cemented his legacy in the sport’s biggest game. He has been to the top of his profession and hopefully, that carries over with the NY Giants.