Golden Tate will not travel with the New York Giants for their game against the Washington Football Team on Sunday, per NFL Networks’ Kim Jones. The decision was based on his “effort and performance,” according to the report, after a roller coaster week that included rants, missed practice and a scout team demotion.
Tate spends Friday on scout team
Tate was demoted to the scout team on Friday, days after he was missing from practice following multiple rants about his role in the offense.
The 11-year veteran was in the red No. 17 pinnie at Giants practice on Friday playing as Washington wide receiver Terry McLaurin. The NFC East’s last-place Giants (1-7) play the Washington Football Team (2-5) at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday.
The scout team duties are usually for reserve players, not veteran wideouts. But it’s been a long, winding week for Tate.
Tate missed practice day
Tate, who joined the team prior to the 2019 season on a four-year $37.5 million deal, was not at practice on Wednesday and first-year coach Joe Judge addressed the absence.
“I spoke to Golden at length today and we’re dealing internally with a lot of things,” Judge told reporters. “We have a walk-through today. He is not going to be at the walk-through today but he will be back in the building and practicing with us the remainder of the week. It will be business as usual.”
The issue stems from New York’s Monday night loss to Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After his first target and catch of the game came in the fourth quarter, he yelled “throw me the damn ball” toward the Giants sideline.
Tate, wife rant about lack of targets
When he caught the late touchdown pass that brought the Giants within two, he again yelled and this time did it directly to the ESPN camera. The Giants missed the two-point conversion that would have forced overtime.
Tate’s wife, Elise, also got involved and wrote a 330-word rant on Instagram about the situation in New Jersey.
It said, in part:
“It's excruciating to watch and killing his stats this year but you can't have yards on a few to no targets,” Elise wrote. “He's CRAZY Making the most of what comes his way that's for sure tho. Every time.”
She later took the posts down.
The NFL trade deadline passed on Tuesday. Tate, 32, has 22 catches for 226 yards and two touchdowns through seven games. It’s a pace that would be a career-worst for a full season since his more limited role in the first two years of his career while with the Seattle Seahawks.
Against Washington earlier this season, Tate was targeted once and caught it for an 11-yard gain.
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