The NY Giants desperately need help at receiver.
If there was one major disappointing theme in the NY Giants 2020 season, it would be the egregious regression of the offense’s passing game and the receivers’ ability to get open and make plays.
The team rolled into 2020 with Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton, and Golden State as their clear-cut trio at receiver and they were comfortable with those three and very little other proven NFL success at the position. Shepard has not lived up to his rookie year hopes and hasn’t made nearly the same impact since 2016, Darius Slayton blew away his rookie expectations and shocked everyone last season with 8 touchdowns, and Golden Tate was a head-scratching free agent signing back in 2019.
In 2020, none of the three has played remotely up their expectations nor their standards. The trio has failed to create separation all season, they don’t make catches in traffic, and they gain little-to-no yards after the catch.
Put all together, and you have a disastrous NY Giants’ receiving corps in 2020.
It must be fixed and improved immediately, starting this offseason. To start, cutting Golden Tate is a no-brainer. The team will get back $6.1 million in cap space which they should use to replace Tate with either a speed receiver or a tall receiver to give another option in the red zone. Shepard and Slayton are both #2 receivers at best and usually put up WR3 numbers most given weeks. They need help and certainly have gotten zero help from the likes of C.J. Board, Austin Mack, or Damion Ratley.
The team has a rich history of finding receivers such as Amani Toomer, Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks, Frank Gifford, and so many more. It’s time the team stops adding question marks to the receivers’ room and they must start finding answers and adding solutions.