New York Giants wideout Golden Tate wasn’t a fan of the role he played during the team’s 28-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
On Sunday, the New York Giants finally got their veteran wideout Golden Tate onto the field. After signing a four-year, $37.5 million deal with Big Blue in March, the NFL suspended Tate for four games. The former Seattle Seahawk, Detroit Lion, and Philadelphia Eagle violated the league’s substance policy.
However, in his first game as a Giant, Tate didn’t produce as much as fans were hoping. His underwhelming presence and performance led to just three receptions for 13 yards. But is this the role that Giants fans can expect from Tate moving forward? The answer is no. At least, not according to the man himself.
“You know I hope not. I hope not,” he said after the game, per Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News. “I want to be out there as much as possible. But we’ll see. It’s the first week back for me. I hope my role increases, but we’ll see.”
He only had six targets on the day, which was third on the team. Tight end Evan Engram had 11 targets and wideout Sterling Shepard had 10.
It didn’t seem like the team put Tate on the field as much as many were expecting, either. Whether that was the plan going in or just a result of an in-game adjustment, it’s not exactly what Tate prefers.
It’ll be interesting to see the role Tate will play on Thursday night when the Giants travel to Foxborough, MA to take on the New England Patriots.