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Giants news, 10/8: Injuries, Golden Tate’s comments, more

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Good morning, New York Giants fans!

Giants likely to be short-handed

The injury list for the Giants is a loooooong one with a lot of key players on it heading into Thursday’s game.

“It’s something that you have to deal with. Every team has to deal with one of those short weeks,” coach Pat Shurmur said on Monday. “We’ll do the very best we can to get as many players back as quickly as possible so that they are able to play Thursday.”

Awed by the Patriots?

The Giants are an exceptionally young team led by a rookie quarterback. They may not be competitive Thursday night against New England, especially with their long injury list, but Daniel Jones said Monday it won’t be because the Giants are awed by the Patriots.

“I think you certainly respect what they’ve done and you acknowledge the fact that they’re a good team, but I don’t think we can let that affect our confidence or the way we kind of attack the preparation, or when we get there, the play of the game, and I don’t think it will,” Jones said. “So, I think they’re a good team, we know that, but we’re confident in what we do.”

Tate clarifies comments

Wide receiver Golden Tate was surprised to learn Monday that some thought his post-game comments on Sunday might have been an expression of unhappiness with his role.

“First things first, if anyone ever needs clarification, just ask me. Don’t assume my words. I try to say things and be intentional with them. The only thing that I was saying is that I hope I’m more involved at some point. But I do understand that this is my first week back, there is a process to this. You don’t just throw someone right in the fire when things can happen in another way. I am very happy to be a New York Giant, I am very happy to be back in this locker room and playing football,” Tate said. “I think it would be more alarming if I said, ‘No, I don’t want to play more, I don’t want more passes.’ I would look at that guy a little funny. As a player who sees himself as a playmaker, I don’t think there’s ever going to be too many opportunities. Anytime that I have a chance to be on the field, get the ball in my hands, I feel like that’s an opportunity to make a special play or do something great to help our offense or bring a spark. Of course, I’m always going to want more opportunities. If we play 70 plays and I play 61 of them, the way I’m built, I want to play all 70. That’s more opportunity for me. That’s the only thing I was trying to say. I am far from being unhappy.”

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