New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate did not travel with the team Saturday and will be inactive for Sunday’s game against Washington as part of the discipline from his actions during and after last week’s loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Tate was told to stay home Wednesday while the Giants practiced and spent most of the rest of the week working with the scout team. On Friday, coach Joe Judge did not rule out the possibility of the veteran wide receiver not being active for the divisional matchup.
“I’m going to discuss a lot of possibilities Friday after practice,” Judge said.
Tate was caught on camera yelling “Throw me the ball” after his spectacular leaping touchdown grab late in the fourth quarter Monday night put the Giants in position to tie the score. His wife, Elise, ranted that night on Instagram about his lack of opportunities, and Tate later liked a tweet that suggested he should be cut and given an opportunity to sign elsewhere.
The Giants do not plan to cut Tate despite the benching, a source told ESPN.
Judge said earlier in the week that he had a lengthy conversation with Tate and that they would deal with the matter internally. It was clear that the coach was not happy with Tate’s actions.
“First off, it has to be team-first for everyone in this building,” Judge said Wednesday. “Every coach and every player. It has to be team-first. There are no exceptions for that. I’m not going to tolerate any kind of selfish behavior from anybody, a coach or a player. It’s not going to happen.”
Tate has started 112 games in his career but had been serving as the Giants’ third receiver behind Darius Slayton and Sterling Shepard in recent weeks, playing just over 50% of the snaps.
Seeing him on the scout term pretending to be Washington wide receiver Terry McLaurin at practice was a strange sight.
“It’s a little different,” cornerback James Bradberry said with a smile Friday.
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