NY Giants’ Week One injury report:
The biggest name on the NY Giants’ Week One injury report is without a doubt wide receiver Golden Tate, as the second-year Giant is battling a hamstring injury that has caused him to be limited in the team’s last three practices.
Big Blue figures to roll with a base three-wideout set most often, with Tate rotating with Sterling Shepard between the outside and the slot. Should Tate not be able to suit up – which is a legit possibility – youngster Alex Bachman is a solid bet to be called up from the practice squad and command slot duties.
Even if Tate is declared active, I’d put money on Bachman being used as one of the team’s two designated practice squad players that are deemed eligible to play due to the league’s new COVID-19 rules that call for teams to be able to carry 55 players instead of 53 on gameday each week.
Stud pass rusher Markus Golden has battled an illness all week but was a full go at practice on Friday and Saturday which is terrific news for the Big Blue defense — even though he’s conspicuously not listed as a starter on the NY Giants’ initial depth chart release (I’m taking this more as a Joe Judge curve ball than anything else).
One of the team’s key offseason additons, tight end Levine Toilolo, is also battling a hamstring injury that has limited him at the last three practices as well. New offensive coordinator Jason Garrett was rumored to be keen on using three tight end sets in 2020, but that will likely change if Toilolo can’t go on Monday night.
The last player in danger of not suiting up on Monday is also battling a hamstring injury that has limited him at the last three practices (sensing a theme yet?), as reserve rookie linebacker Tae Crowder was on the team’s final injury report as well.
Although Crowder isn’t officially listed as a starter he figured to be in the mix to get a decent amount of snaps as the second inside linebacker spot is far from being fully secured by Devante Downs.
Backup defensive back Adrian Colbert was also battling an illness this week, but like Golden, Colbert was able to fully participate in practice on Friday and Saturday.
All in all, I think the NY Giants’ coaching staff would sign up for an injury report like this, although having a key offensive contributor like Golden Tate in danger of not playing is never good news.