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NFL Announces that Four-Game Suspension of Giants WR Golden Tate Stands

Giants receiver Golden Tate’s appeal of a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drugs policy has been denied, meaning that he will miss the first four games of the regular season.

US bookies will for sure have to take into consideration the fact that Tate will not be around for games one through four.

He can continue to practice and play in the preseason games but will not be allowed around his new team or its facilities for the first four weeks of the regular season. He will be due back to be with the team on Monday, September 30th.

Tate made his in-person plea to an arbitrator in New York City after last Tuesday’s practice. The decision took longer than the anticipated three-day window because an arbitrator can request a transcript of the hearing and reset the clock but coach Pat Shurmur was “anticipating” an outcome Tuesday morning.

After the NFL’s decision came down, Tate, who has fought hard to maintain his innocence in the case, released a statement per Ralph Vacchiano.

Tate’s point is that the NFL has a no tolerance policy on drugs:

“This morning I received the unfortunate news that my appeal was denied. I went into this arbitration with the understanding that due to the facts, unlike many other cases, we could be the exception to win. Unfortunately the NFL stood by their no tolerance policy, which I hope one day to help have a part in reforming, so no other player has to go through this situation.

“I greatly appreciate the support from the Giants since long before an outcome was even determined. Additionally, it has meant so much to hear the Giants fan’s support each day at training camp and I am so proud to be a part of this organization. No one is more upset than myself, but moving forward, all I can do is continue to be a leader, continue to hold myself to the highest character and integrity, and soon make the biggest impact on the field.”

With the Giants wide out core already banged up due to injuries, Tate was expected to be able to fill in the void until they could get through some early season rough patches due to injury.

The team inked Tate to a four-year, $37.5 million deal back in March. He came to the team via free agency from the Detroit Lions.

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Sporting News Picks the NFL 2019 Division Winners – Where Do the Giants Land?

It’s that time of the year when national pundits start to look ahead and pick records for teams around the league, as well as pick the winners of the divisions.

Sporting News is out with their 2019 predictions, and they have their picks in for the NFC East.

The longtime company picks the Cowboys to take not only the division, but make it all the way to the Super Bowl before losing to the Chiefs. The company says the Cowboys will take the East with a mark of 12-4.

Coming in second they have the Eagles with a mark of 11-5, one game back of the Cowboys.

The Giants and Redskins come in third and last in the NFC East each with a record of 4-12.

Here’s the complete rundown of who Sporting News likes along with the Super Bowl teams.

Giants Rookie QB Daniel Jones Not Close to Take Eli Manning’s Job

Giants Rookie quarterback Daniel Jones has been drawing tons of praise at Giants training camp but he is not close to taking the starting job away from veteran Eli Manning according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

Jones has actually been better than expected after the Giants drew the ridicule of many draft pundits by taking the former Duke QB with the No.6-overall pick. But that does not mean that this is a genuine quarterback battle-at least not for 2019.

“Eli’s going to start and when it’s Daniel Jones’ turn, he will be ready,” Rapoport said. “It doesn’t even really seem to me, from people I’ve spoken with, that it’s particularly close as far as a quarterback battle.”

Of course, the Giants’ commitment to Eli may waiver if the team gets off to a poor start this fall and is out of playoff contention by November.

And neither QB has been exactly set up for success with the Odell Beckham-less receiving corps. With Manning’s contract expiring at the end of the season, the Giants will likely want to get a good glimpse of the future and odds are both Manning and Jones will make some starts in 2019.

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Report: Golden Tate Won’t Win Suspension Appeal Against the NFL

Giants new wide out Golden Tate is facing a four-game suspension for taking a substance he stated he was taking for fertility reasons.

The receiver said he will appeal the four-game suspension, but today Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.TV reports that it’s likely not going to go Tate’s way in terms of the appeal, and he will have to serve the suspension.

The 30-year-old Tate may be appealing the four-game suspension he got for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, but “there’s almost no way” his appeal will be successful, according to an NFL source. Multiple other sources agreed, saying the NFL’s policy is “unforgiving” and “rigid.”

The best Tate could hope for, the sources agreed, is that the suspension gets reduced from four games to three or, even less likely, two. But not everyone agreed that a reduction was even a possibility.

“Everybody has an excuse and they all think it’s good,” one source said. “But it never matters.”

Tate failed a drug test back in April, about a month after signing a four-year, $37.5 million deal with the Giants. When his impending suspension was revealed last week, he released a statement saying he was prescribed a drug by a fertility planning specialist, “and just days later I discovered it contained an ingredient that is on the league’s banned substance list.”

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Giants WR Golden Tate Facing a Four-Game Suspension; Will File Appeal

The Giants Training Camp from Hell continued on Saturday, as offseason pickup Golden Tate is facing a four-game suspension, the latest drama for a team that really can’t afford any.

ESPN first reported the situation on Saturday morning and Tate issued a statement shortly after the news broke saying he would appeal the punishment because the failed test came from a fertility drug he was taking.

Tate released a statement explaining the situation, and sticking up for the appeal process which will take place before the start of the 2019 season.

“Just days later I discovered it contained an ingredient that is on the league’s banned substance list. I immediately discontinued use, I reported the situation to the Independent Administrator of the NFL Policy on Performance Enhancing Substances, and I spoke with my coaches and general manager. I did all of this well before a failed test was even confirmed.”

Tate went on to say that he and the Giants are “confident in the facts and eagerly await my appeal to put this behind us.”

How bad has camp been already for the Giants receiving core? Sterling Shepard fractured the tip of his left thumb early in the first practice and Corey Coleman tore his ACL, ending his season already.

The team worked out Kelvin Benjamin on Saturday, but with the latest news on Tate, the team is quickly going to have to look for even more help at the receiver spot.

Giants WR Corey Coleman Tears ACL, Team to Work Out Kelvin Benjamin

The hits just keep on coming for the Giants, as a day after wide out Sterling Shepard broke his thumb at camp, wide out Corey Coleman tore his ACL, ending his 2019 season way before it ever got going.

Coleman, a former first-round pick of the Cleveland Browns, signed a one-year, $2.025 million contract to remain with the team in March and was looking at his best opportunity in years, entering training camp as the No.3 wideout on the depth chart.

Now he will be sidelined until 2020 and becomes a free agent in March. Coleman just turned 25 years old but time is already running out on his career.

In eight games with Big Blue, Coleman started just once and racked up five catches on eight targets for 71 yards. The receiver was also New York’s top kick returner down the stretch, returning 23 kicks for 598 yards.

With two wide outs already on the shelf, the Giants on Saturday will work out veteran receiver Kelvin Benjamin.

Benjamin is the biggest name of a group of wideouts working out in hopes of joining the Giants’ depleted wideout corps.

A first-round pick out of Florida State by the Panthers in 2014, Benjamin started his NFL career out with a bang with over 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns but has never really been the same since his own ACL tear in 2015.

Giants WR Sterling Shepard Fractures Thumb on First Day of Camp

The Giants lost the services of one of their starting receivers and top players on Thursday, as Sterling Shepard suffered a fractured thumb in the very first practice of training camp, Paul Schwartz of the New York Post reports.
He will be out of action for at least two weeks and then evaluated on a week-to-week basis.

The Giants open their regular season Sept. 8 against the Cowboys. Given this injury and the precaution the Giants will take with one of their most important players, Shepard is likely to miss most of, if not all of the preseason.

Shepard was injured when he reached down attempting to scoop up a low pass from Eli Manning, with cornerback Janoris Jenkins defending on the play. Shepard made the catch but came away holding his left hand. He was forced out of the remainder of practice and X-rays revealed the fracture.