Giants receiver Golden Tate’s appeal four-game suspension for violating the league policy on PEDs was upheld by the league, meaning that the 30-year-old receiver will not be eligible to take part in a game until the Week 5 regular-season match-up against the Vikings.
Tate’s absence is going to be a big one for the Giants offense. He was set to play a big part in the team’s screen game this year, having run several bubble screens during training camp.
Tate, who is also solid downfield blocker—per Pro Football Focus, he graded out with a 67.9 run-blocking grade when asked to perform downfield blocking beyond the second level—also put that talent on display in practice.
But in terms of his receiving skills, Tate has been Mr. Clutch. According to Inside Edge, Tate has 299 yards after the catch in close and late situations since the start of last season, most among receivers in NFL.
He also broke a league-leading 15 tackles last season.
Since 2016 Tate has been targeted 117 times in the fourth quarter, seventh most among receivers in the NFL.
He’s also recorded 12 receptions for 20+ yards in close and late situations over that same time period, fifth most among NFL receivers .
Tate has averaged 6.5 yards after the catch (1,665 RAC / 257 receptions) since the start of the 2016 season, tying him for second-best (out of 68 qualified receivers), and exceeding the league average of 4.3 yards after the catch over that period.