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WR Tate Says “Sorry” About Spouting Off About Not Getting the Ball

Wide out Golden Tate is on the apology tour today, this after putting up “unacceptable” behavior during a game a week ago Monday against the Buccaneers.

Tate yelled the phrase “Throw me the ball!” during the loss to Tampa Bay, and for his actions the veteran was benched for last week’s game against the Washington Football Team.

Friday he took center stage to answer questions about the incident, and seemed remorseful about his actions.

“If you know me, if you know my game, I play with a lot of emotion. A lot of passion,” Tate said. “I just got caught up in the moment,” Tate said via ESPN.

“I was wrong to draw attention to myself. I take full responsibility for that. I handled it the wrong way and, again, brought negative attention to our organization. It was something that won’t happen again.”

The 32-year-old inked a big four-year deal this past offseason with New York worth a reported $37 million.

This season has been a struggle like it has been for most of the Giants, as Tate has pulled in just 22 passes for 226 yards with two touchdowns.

“I was definitely disappointed, but there are consequences for your actions,” Tate said.

“My actions were unacceptable and I apologized to the team, GM, the coaches, the offense and I’m excited to move forward.”

The Giants will take on the rival Eagles this Sunday.

Giants Robbed in Final Seconds on Controversial Two-Point Play in Loss to Bucs

No one is going to confuse the 2020 New York Giants with a team that is going to be ready to head to Tampa in February to compete in Super Bowl LV on February 7th.

With that said, what happened to the one-win Giants on Monday night with the game on the line at home against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was basically a crime as the game was taken away from them.

If you missed it, the game was as competitive as any in the playoffs coming up in January. It was a back and forth affair and a game that the Giants held their own against a team that many think are going to be playing a “home game” in the Super Bowl (which is to be played in Tampa in February).

The Giants, down 25-17 with 3:41 to go, went on one of their most impressive drives of the season, mixing it up and driving down the field towards the tying score, which would have to come not only with a score but then a two-point conversion.

Daniel Jones made a couple nice throws, the last of which was a throw to Golden Tate from 19 yards out with 28 seconds left that made it a 25-23 game.

The G-Men knew they would have to go for two, so they were prepared to go for it and tie the game up and hopefully send it into overtime.

On the two-point play, it appeared that there was obvious pass interference, and rightfully so a flag was thrown, which would have tied the game.

The officials though decided to huddle up and discuss the flag, and eventually they picked it up, much to the chagrin of Giants coach Joe Judge as well as the rest of the Giants who were screaming at the officials.

The play saw Tampa Bay safety Antoine Winfield Jr. collide with Giants running back Dion Lewis just inside the end zone near the right sideline either simultaneously with the ball or perhaps a millisecond early. The ball fell incomplete, and the Giants were denied the chance to tie the game and send it into overtime.

As one would expect, Judge was upset after the game that the flag was picked up, and the Giants were left to swallow another tough loss to fall to 1-7 in the 2020 season, 1-3 playing at home this season.

“I thought [field judge] Nate [Jones] made the right call when he threw the flag,” Judge said.

“So, I’m not sure why it got picked up. We had a pretty good view. I know they can’t use the Jumbotron for a replay. We had a pretty clear view of that as well. I thought Nate made the right call the first time. Normally, your first instinct is right.”

Bucs coach Bruce Arians saw the play a totally different way – again as one would expect.

“Well the ball hit Antoine in the back. To me there was no pass interference — I thought it was a good call,” Arians said.

“I don’t know why it took so long, but he had his hands out, there was no contact and the ball hit him in the back.”

At the end of the day, it’s the way the season has gone for New York, and another tough effort did not work out for the G-Men.

Video: Giants Hang with the Eagles, Fall Late to Wentz 22-21 to Drop to 1-6

Led by QB Carson Wentz, the Eagles improved to 2-4-1, as they scored 12 points in the fourth quarter to beat the Giants 22-21 in a game that New York was in all night.

The Giants fall to 1-6 on the season.

Here’s the highlights.

Gamblers Starting to Place Money on the Giants for Sunday’s Game Against the Cowboys

It sounds like money is starting to shift towards the G-Men for Sunday’s game against the Cowboys.

Sports Illustrated’s gambling page reports that “Bettors in early wagering appear to be backing Big Blue who opened as 11-point favorites at opening and ticked the line up to 12 before dropping down to its current offering.”

Here’s the report on Sunday’s game between the Giants and Cowboys.

New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys

Moneyline: New York (+360) | Dallas (-435)

Spread: NYG +10 (-110) | DAL -10 (-110)

Total: 54– Over: (-110) | Under: 54 (-110)

Game Info: October 11, 2020 4:25 pm ET / 1:25 pm PT | FOX

The Cowboys (1-3 SU. 0-4 ATS) have burned their backers through the first quarter of the season and enter Week 5 reeling after being blown out at home by the Browns in Week 4 and bettors appear to be fading Dallas in this NFC East matchup. Dak Prescott and the Cowboys offense has put up great numbers for fantasy football owners on the offensive side of the ball, but the defense has been non-existent through four games. Despite injuries on the offensive side of the ball to star RB Saquon Barkley and WR Sterling Shephard the Giants have found a way to go 2-2 ATS despite failing to notch a straight-up win. Bettors in early wagering appear to be backing Big Blue who opened as 11-point favorites at opening and ticked the line up to 12 before dropping down to its current offering by the oddsmakers at DraftKings Sportsbook of only 10-point home favorites.

Giants to Get LB David Mayo Back on the Practice Field

The Giants got some good news as they get ready for the Cowboys in week five, as the team will have linebacker David Mayo on the practice field for the first time in the regular season.

The linebacker was put on IR in September after roster cuts, but the team announced on Thursday that he has been designated for return.

The Giants will have 21 days to decide about activating Mayo, who tore the meniscus in his left knee this summer, or shutting him down for the year.

Last year Mayo started the final 13 games and appeared in every game. He had 82 tackles, two sacks and a fumble recovery.

Giants vs Bears: Three Keys to a G-Men Sunday Win in the Windy City

The New York Giants didn’t have a good time on Monday night as they started their 2020 season with a disappointing 26-16 home loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

This week the competition won’t be quite as fierce, as the club will be in Chicago, where they take on a Bears team that had to rally late to beat the Detroit Lions on opening day.

Many experts have the Giants winning in Chicago, but it won’t be an easy task with the comeback nature of the Bears, who were left for dead at Ford Field last week.

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The Giants are currently 5.5 point underdogs for the Sunday 1pm EST affair, and there’s a couple keys to victory if the Giants are going to walk out with their first win of 2020.

1. Keep Daniel Upright

Monday night Daniel Jones spent most of the evening running for his life against a Steelers front seven that is one of the best in the league.

The Giants offensive line got a quick education, as they had to figure out who to block and make sure to keep Jones as upright as possible.

One of the keys for the Giants is pass coverage, and while the Bears have a good defense as well, it’s not as intimidating as the Steelers, and the G-Men should be able to keep Jones cleaner.

2. Get Saquon Going

It was a REALLY tough night for Giants feature running back Saquon Barkley, who was just never able to get on track against Pittsburgh.

Way too many runs for losses by Barkley, and again that Giants offensive line has to do what they can to open holes for Barkely and try and get him positive yards.

This game could turn into a battle of the run games with two young quarterbacks, and if Barkley can get some early yards it’s going to open things up to keep Jones not only on his feet, but also will open up play action.

3. Keep Trubisky in Check

Bears third-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky overcame a 17-point deficit on Sunday against the Lions, and that mostly was due to the fact he was able to get the ball downfield and escape the pocket.

The Giants lineabckers, who were not able to get to Ben Roethlisberger often on Monday night, will have a chance to get to Trubisky who is not nearly as elusive.

When Trubisky can get out of the pocket he can extend plays, and the Giants have to make sure to avoid that.

Prediction: The Giants will get Barkely going, and that will take a ton of pressure off the passing game, and Jones should also rebound. The Bears are at home which gives them an edge, but I see the G-Men hanging in and escaping with a big road win. Giants 21 Bears 17

What Kind of Night Can Giants RB Saquon Barkley Have Monday Against the Steelers?

If the Giants are going to beat the favored Steelers in their season opener on Monday night, they are going to need a solid effort from running back Saquon Barkley.

The G-Men cannot expect Daniel Jones to get the job done himself, as the Steelers D was one of the best last season and should be just as good in 2020.

That means that Barkely is going to have to work and work hard against that Steelers front three and linebackers to make plays.

Here’s ex-Giants Shaun O’Hara breaking down what to expect Monday night from Barkely and the Giants run game.

Giants CB Sam Beal Sitting Out the 2020 Season Due to Covid-19 Concerns

Giants cornerback Sam Beal joined more than 50 others around the NFL in exercising every player’s collectively bargained right to opt out due to COVID-19 health concerns, Ryan Dunleavy of the New York Post reports.

It is not clear if his decision will be classified as voluntary ($150,000 cash-advance stipend) or if he is a high-risk case ($350,000 cash-advance stipend) based on personal or family situation.

Beal, 23, is the third Giant to opt out, after starting offensive tackle Nate Solder (high risk) and fringe wide receiver Da’Mari Scott. The deadline for players to opt out is 4 p.m. Thursday.

Beal’s contract freezes with two years remaining but only frees up about $850,000 in salary cap space. He has 26 tackles in six games, including three starts.

The Giants selected Beal in the 2018 supplemental draft, giving up their third-round choice in the 2019 draft to do so. He injured his shoulder in his first pro practice and spent his rookie season on injured reserve.

Three Key Players to Watch for the New York Giants in 2020

The New York Giants enter 2020 coming off one ugly season in which they fired their head coach in Pat Shurmer, and one of their faces of the franchise in Eli Manning decided to call it a career and retired from the game as a two-time Super Bowl champion.

Many that do NFL picks think that 2020 is going to be another long season for the Giants, as QB Daniel Jones clearly is now the leader of the offense, and on defense the team has tried to continue to add players and gives opportunities to young players who just haven’t stepped up.

They do have a superstar at the running back position in Saquon Barkley, but this is a team that really could use a couple more playmakers for Jones once they host the Steelers in their opening night game at MetLife Stadium on Monday, September 14th.

Today we will take a look at a couple key players for the Giants in 2020, players they hope will step up in a positive way and make a big impact for the franchise.

1. Darius Slayton Wide Receiver

Slayton was selected in the fifth round (171st overall) last season by the Giants, and he and QB Jones quickly seemed to develop a critical 1-2 punch that was sorely needed in the Giants lackluster offense.

He caught 48 passes for 740 yards and eight TD’s in 2019, and showed not only the ability to separate, but also to make catches when there was plenty of traffic to fight through.

It’s important for young players who play at the QB position to find someone they can trust – and when it comes to Jones it looks like he’s found that in Slayton.

2. Markus Golden Linebacker

You have to love the intensity that Golden brought to the game becoming a leader on the Giants defense in 2019, putting up 72 tackles and 10 sacks.

Add on to that the fact he had 18 tackles for loss and you can see why the G-Men are excited about his future.

The 29-year-old former second-round draft pick of the Arizona Cardinals is coming into his own, and you can bet this year he’s looking for bigger and better in what will be his second season in the Big Apple.

3. Evan Engram Tight End

The Giants did the right thing this offseason in picking up the fifth-year option on Engram, a player who last year was limited to eight games but still made 44 receptions.

To show the jump that Engram made, the season before he played in all 16 games and had just one more catch with 45, and needed just half the season in 2019 to get one less.

Engram is the perfect tight end for the Giants and every young QB loves to be able to have that safety valve of a player like that.

Look for Engram to have a monster 2020 and get better in time with Jones.

Time’s Ticking for GM Gettleman

This will be Dave Gettleman’s third season in the big chair for the Giants and it could be the last depending on how Big Blue fares in 2020. NFL teams have a win at all cost mentality and oftentimes executives prefer quick band-aid remedies as opposed to long term solutions. And if we consider what the lines being dealt on the Giants, then things don’t look promising for another season after this one for the 69-year-old NFL executive.

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Entering this year, Gettleman has compiled 5-11 and 4-12 records respectively over the last two seasons as general manager of the Giants and owner John Mara isn’t pleased with the results. Nine combined wins over the last two seasons is not doing it, despite drafting a home run in Saquon Barkley as the second overall pick in the 2018 draft.

It was a bit of a no-brainer if we are being completely honest, but to be fair, it was also a quarterback rich draft that could easily have seduced others in Gettleman’s position to spurn Barkley and choose highly touted passers like Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, or Josh Rosen after the Browns tagged Baker Mayfield with the No. 1 overall pick.

Joe Judge was hired out of New England to replace Pat Shurmur this season and now it’s time for the Giants to begin to prosper under Gettleman’s helmsmanship. And while Mara did bring him back, he did issue a rather stern warning, “He does know the batting average has got to increase going forward. We need to win more games and Dave knows that.’’

Protect the Franchise

Daniel Jones has a lot to prove, and the Giants brass who drafted him as the controversial sixth overall pick in the 2019 draft would like nothing more than for him to do so. The tall shadow and looming specter of Eli Manning will be absent this year after the four-time Pro Bowler and two-time Super Bowl quarterback decided to hang up the cleats and call it a career.

Much is riding on Jones as the Giants attempt to crawl out from under a basement in Brooklyn and into, at the very least, a sensible apartment somewhere in the neighborhood of average to decent with an eye towards a penthouse in Midtown.

But New York needs to protect Jones if he is to continue to not only improve but impress those who derided him after the Giants rolled the dice at No. 6. Many believed it was an impetuous decision at a spot that could have been used on a more proven talent. Getting Jones with either New York’s 17th pick, or even their 30th, would have been much more in keeping with where he was projected to go. In fact, many pundits believed the Duke product was more of a second-round talent but there were enough who believed his floor would be the middle of the first -round which caused New York to err on the side of caution and tap him early.

Needless to say, Jones’ first season was, for all intents and purposes, a success but it was not without its warts. There were too many errant throws and a dozen interceptions that could easily have been cut in half had he been a bit more seasoned. However, he is slowly making converts out of his detractors and if he is to trend upwards then he will need more time in the pocket. To that end, the Giants used their No. 4 overall pick in the 2020 draft to select a big body out of Georgia named Andrew Thomas.

It’s clear that when GM Dave Gettleman has a man in mind for a job, he doesn’t hesitate to pull the trigger. He proved that last year when he drafted Jones at No. 6 and again this season when he called Thomas’ name at No. 4, even though it was a draft knee-deep in offensive line talent in which as many as five O-linemen were considered among the best and virtually interchangeable at this point in their careers.

Yet, instead of searching for value, Gettleman wanted what he wanted and now Andrew Thomas will battle aging incumbent Nate Solder for the blindside tackle spot with the loser presumably switching over to right tackle.

Moreover, the addition of free-agent offensive tackle Cam Fleming and 6’7” U Conn product, Matt Peart, chosen in the third round, makes it fair to assume that Jones will be feeling a lot less heat in the kitchen which will lead to smarter choices, delivering better results this season. At least that what Dave Gettleman and Giants fans everywhere are hoping.