With his four-game PED suspension completed, wide receiver Golden Tate returned to the New York Giants on Monday.
“I think it’s going to be great he’s back. He should be fresh and ready to go,” coach Pat Shurmur said on Monday. “I have already spoken to him this morning. He’s in the building, and he’s looking forward to getting back at it.”
Tate is ready to get back to work.
“I’ve just been itching, been missing football and now the time is finally here,” he said.
Tate was expected to start along with Sterling Shepard when the Giants signed him. Where does he fit now a quarter of the way through the season?
“Whatever we are doing right now is working. I just want to come in and be a spark, an addition to what we’re doing, just help everybody around me get better and just be myself,” Tate said. “There is no secret that in the slot I’m pretty dangerous once I get the ball in my hands. I feel like I’m pretty dangerous on third down. Hopefully, I am utilized that way. Whatever it takes to win. These four weeks have been very long for me.”
The Giants could receive a one-week roster exemption for Tate, meaning they could carry an extra player until they activate him. Shurmur seemed fuzzy on the details of that.
“I think we have one. We have one, so that’ll give us a week,” Shurmur said. “I don’t know the details other than that’ll give us 54 bodies out here for a week, more or less.”