Dec 13, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate (15) catches a pass at the one yard line against Arizona Cardinals cornerback Byron Murphy Jr. (33) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Giants release WR Golden Tate

The New York Giants released veteran wide receiver Golden Tate on Wednesday, according to multiple reports.

The move was for cost-cutting purposes and will create $10 million in cap space for New York if he is designated as a post-June 1 cut.

Tate had a quiet season in 2020, notching 35 receptions for 388 yards and two scores while starting in just four of his 12 games.

He was also suspended four games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

He was set to make $8.5 million in 2021 after signing a four-year deal with the Giants worth $36.3 million back in 2019.

Tate previously played for the Seattle Seahawks, Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles while catching 695 passes for 8,278 yards and 46 touchdowns in his 11-year career.

–Field Level Media

Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets center Jonotthan Harrison (78) warms up prior to a game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Giants sign C Jonotthan Harrison

The New York Giants signed veteran center Jonotthan Harrison to a one-year deal worth $1.2 million, according to NFL Network.

Harrison, who played in 84 games (42 starts) with the Indianapolis Colts (2014-16) and New York Jets (2017-19), spent the 2020 season on the Bills practice squad.

Harrison, 29, figures to provide the Giants depth at center and guard.

Nick Gates, 25, was the starter at center for the Giants (6-10) last season, playing every snap in his first season at the position.

–Field Level Media

Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; 
New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman looks on during pregame against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Giants’ John Mara on GM Dave Gettleman: ‘He is coming back’

After days of speculation, New York Giants owner John Mara confirmed Wednesday that there will be no change in general manager Dave Gettleman’s job status.

“He is coming back,” Mara said during a video conference.

The Giants have gone 15-33 during Gettleman’s three seasons as GM. This year they went 6-10 but nearly won the NFC East. New York failed to qualify for the postseason when the Washington Football Team defeated the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night and finished 7-9.

Mara admitted there was “no defending the record” during Gettleman’s tenure, but the owner emphasized that he likes the relationship Gettleman has with coach Joe Judge and other positive things around the organization.

“I think we’ve established a basis for a foundation for success going forward,” Mara said. “There’s a different feeling in the building now than there has been in a number of years. That’s why I’m optimistic.”

Gettleman copped to some mistakes during his tenure, especially during his first season in 2018. But like Mara, he’s also filled with optimism.

“We’re on the right track right now,” he said during his video conference Wednesday. “We’ve done some very good stuff the last two years. We’re going to fix this. We’re going to fix this.”

There had been speculation that Gettleman, who turns 70 next month, might be contemplating retirement. He quickly shot that down when asked Wednesday.

“I feel fine, I feel good, I’m excited. You know I just want to keep going,” Gettleman said. “I don’t know where this retirement stuff came from, I have no idea what that’s all about. But at the end of the day, I feel great, so let’s keep going.”

Mara made no commitment, however, to Gettleman staying on beyond 2021.

“Everything in this business is year to year. I’m not going to speculate on that,” Mara said.

–Field Level Media

Dec 13, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants head coach Joe Judge (left) talks with wide receiver Darius Slayton (86) before a game against the Arizona Cardinals at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Joe Judge fires away after Eagles’ loss KO’d Giants

New York Giants head coach Joe Judge did not hold back Monday, one day after the Philadelphia Eagles appeared to throw away a chance to defeat the Washington Football Team, ending the Giants’ last chance at making the playoffs.

With one last playoff spot to be decided Sunday night, Washington nabbed it with a 20-14 victory in a game where Eagles head coach Doug Pederson decided to make a second-half switch from starting quarterback Jalen Hurts to Nate Sudfeld, who had not thrown a pass in an NFL game since 2018. The Giants were poised to advance with an Eagles victory.

Judge was not amused.

“To disrespect the effort that everyone put forward to make this season a success in the National Football League, to disrespect the game by going out there and not competing for 60 minutes and doing everything they can to help those players win, we will never do that as long as I am the head coach of the New York Giants.” Judge said.

Judge never actually mentioned the Eagles by name, but he hardly had to.

Pederson said afterward he was coaching to win the game, but the Eagles did benefit in defeat, landing the No. 6 overall selection in next year’s NFL draft.

During a trying 2020 season, Judge referenced Giants players who decided to “opt in” and play, while honoring the sacrifices that the decision required.

“To me, you don’t ever want to disrespect those players and their effort and disrespect the game,” Judge said. “The sacrifices that they made to come into work every day and test before coming in, to sit in meetings spaced out, to wear masks and have shields over those masks, to go through extensive protocols, to travel in unconventional ways, to get text messages at 6:30 in the morning telling them practice was going to be canceled (and) we have to do a virtual day.”

Judge went a step further, mentioning the sacrifices that fell on the families of the players.

“To tell (players) please don’t have your family over for Thanksgiving, please avoid Christmas gatherings, we know it’s your wife’s birthday, let’s make sure we put that one off until the offseason,” Judge said. “There’s a number of sacrifices made by all the players and coaches in this league. There’s a number of sacrifices that comes along as well with the family members and people connected to them.”

The Giants did have a chance to earn their way to the playoffs on the field, but won just six games all season, including three defeats in the last four games. New York did go 2-0 against the Washington Football Team, but Washington was able to win the NFC East with just seven victories.

“So we’re not going to make excuses as an organization, not now, not ever,” Judge said about the team’s fate falling to a game between division rivals. “We had our opportunities.”

–Field Level Media

Jan 3, 2021; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;  New York Giants receiver Dante Pettis (13) reacts after making a touchdown catch against the Dallas Cowboys in the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Jones, Shepard fuel Giants past Cowboys

Daniel Jones passed for 229 yards and two touchdowns as the New York Giants kept their NFC East title hopes alive — albeit briefly — with a 23-19 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday afternoon in East Rutherford, N.J.

Looking to win the division for the first time since their Super Bowl-winning 2011 season, the Giants (6-10) instead will miss out on the playoffs altogether when the Washington Football Team beat the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night to improve to 7-9 and win the East.

Sterling Shepard caught eight passes for 112 yards and a touchdown and also rushed for another score for New York. Leonard Williams recorded three of New York’s six sacks on the day.

Andy Dalton completed 29 of 47 passes for 243 yards and an interception for Dallas (6-10), which fell behind 20-6 in the first half and had a seven-game win streak over the Giants snapped.

New York held the Cowboys to just 113 yards and three Greg Zuerlein field goals, including a 57-yarder to end the half, while building a 20-9 halftime lead.

Jones had a 10-yard touchdown pass to Shepard and a 33-yard strike to Dante Pettis. Shepard also scored on a 23-yard reverse to cap a six-play, 78-yard drive to open the game.

Dallas took advantage of a Donovan Wilson interception on a pass that went through the hands of tight end Evan Engram. The Cowboys closed to 20-16 when Ezekiel Elliott powered in from 1 yard out. It was Elliott’s first rushing touchdown since a Week 5 victory over the Giants.

A 36-yard field goal by Zuerlein capped a 13-play, 62-yard drive and cut New York’s lead to 20-19 with 14:20 remaining.

Graham Gano, who missed an extra-point attempt after New York’s first touchdown, increased the Giants’ lead to 23-19 with a 50-yard field goal with 6:32 to go. The kick came on the first play following after Pettis caught a 10-yard pass from Jones that appeared to have hit the ground before he completed the catch but went unchallenged by the Cowboys’ coach Mike McCarthy.

Dallas then drove to New York’s 7-yard line where Williams sacked Dalton for a 10-yard loss on first-and-goal. Following an incomplete pass for CeeDee Lamb, Dalton — under heavy pressure from Williams — threw a floater into the end zone that was intercepted by rookie Xavier McKinney to seal the win for New York.

–Field Level Media

Dec 27, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton (14) throws a pass in the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Giants and Cowboys clash for potential playoff berth

The Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants both find themselves facing the same scenario heading into their regular-season finale on Sunday afternoon in East Rutherford, N.J. — win and wait.

The victor of their contest at MetLife Stadium will keep its NFC East Division title hopes alive for at least a few more hours. But both teams need a victory by the Philadelphia Eagles over the visiting Washington Football Team on Sunday night to clinch the crown and become just the fifth team since the NFL-AFL merger to enter the playoffs with a losing record, and only the third during a 16-game season.

The Giants (5-10), who bring a three-game losing streak into the contest, also could become the first team to advance to the postseason with a 6-10 record. Both Seattle (7-9, 2010) and Carolina (7-8-1, 2014) made the playoffs with losing marks while Cleveland and Detroit also qualified for a special 16-team playoff tournament with 4-5 records during the strike-shortened 1982 season.

Here’s the kicker. Providing they get an assist from the Eagles, the winner of Sunday’s elimination game not only gets to claim the NFC East crown but also will go into the playoffs as the No. 4 seed and will likely host Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the wild-card round.

First-year Giants coach Joe Judge made it clear during a Zoom call with reporters that he wanted his team to concentrate on trying to snap its seven-game losing streak to the Cowboys (6-9) and not the possibility of playing in the postseason.

“Our focus still needs to remain on the Cowboys,” Judge said. “That’s the priority this week. We remain focused on improving as a team. We have a division rival coming up ahead, it’s a big game for us. Obviously, there are implications. As I’ve said all along, those games now don’t exist. Until I can talk about any kind of opponent coming up beyond who we’re playing, there’s not a conversation to be had. Our focus remains on the Cowboys.”

“I’m just focused on Dallas,” added center Nick Gates. “We have to beat Dallas first to be able to even think about the playoffs. After we beat them, we have to see if Washington wins. I’m just focused on Dallas and trying to give ourselves the best opportunity.”

The Cowboys bring a three-game winning streak into the contest including a 37-17 victory over the Eagles last Sunday as Andy Dalton threw for 377 yards and three touchdowns and Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 105 yards on 19 carries.

“A win is a win. No matter how you get there, a win is a win,” Elliott said when asked about the possibility of winning the NFC East with a losing record. “So, I mean, if we win the division at 7-9, it’s the same as winning it at 14-2.”

Besides, many wrote the Cowboys off after losing starting quarterback Dak Prescott to a season-ending injury in the first meeting with the Giants in Week 5. Dalton came off the bench to finish 9 of 11 for 111 yards and lead a game-winning drive capped by Greg Zuerlein’s 34-yard field goal as time expired in the 37-34 victory.

“You go into the playoffs with a 0-0 record, so I mean, winning the division, it doesn’t matter what the record is.” Elliott, who needs 63 rushing yards to hit the 1,000-mark, said. “If you win it, you win it.”

Four Cowboys — safeties Darian Thompson (concussion) and Donovan Wilson (illness), linebacker Leighton Vander Esch (ankle) and cornerback Rashard Robinson (knee) — didn’t practice Wednesday while corner Chidobe Awuzie (hamstring, groin) and safety Xavier Woods (ribs) were limited. All-Pro guard Zack Martin, on injured reserve with a calf injury, and defensive back Steven Parker (ankle) were both designated for return but owner Jerry Jones said on his radio show it was “unlikely” Martin, who didn’t practice Wednesday, would play Sunday.

Wide receiver Golden Tate (calf) and fullback Eli Penny (illness) both did not practice Wednesday for the Giants but quarterback Daniel Jones (hamstring) was a full participant as was corner Darnay Holmes (knee). Tight end Evan Engram (calf), safety Jabrill Peppers (ankle) and wide receiver Sterling Shepard (ribs) were limited.

–Field Level Media

Dec 27, 2020; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens  wide receiver Devin Duvernay (13) runs for a first quarter gain defended by New York Giants linebacker Cam Brown (47) at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens stifle Giants for fourth straight victory

Lamar Jackson tossed two touchdown passes and the Baltimore Ravens notched their fourth consecutive victory with an impressive 27-13 win over the visiting New York Giants on Sunday.

Marquise Brown and Dez Bryant caught scoring passes and J.K. Dobbins rushed for 77 yards and a touchdown for Baltimore (10-5), which bolstered its AFC playoff hopes. Jackson completed 17 of 26 passes for 183 yards and also rushed for 80 yards while Gus Edwards added 85 yards on the ground.

New York (5-10) was outclassed from the start while losing its third straight game and scoring fewer than 20 points for the fifth consecutive outing. Graham Gano kicked two field goals to stretch his streak of consecutive makes to 29, matching the franchise record set by Josh Brown (2014-15).

Daniel Jones returned from hamstring and ankle injuries for the Giants to complete 24 of 41 passes for 252 yards, including a touchdown pass to Sterling Shepard (nine receptions, 77 yards). The Ravens sacked Jones six times with Chris Board recording two.

Baltimore outgained New York 432-269 while possessing the ball for 35:09. The Ravens converted 8 of 11 third-down conversions while the Giants were 1 of 10.

Baltimore ran 44 plays for 282 yards in the first half while building a 20-3 lead. The Giants possessed the ball for just 7:32 and had 95 yards on 18 plays.

The Ravens set the tone by opening the contest with a 13-play, 82-yard drive that took 8:12. Jackson capped the excursion with a 6-yard scoring pass to Brown.

Baltimore moved 65 yards on 10 plays the second time it had the ball. Dobbins scored from the 2 to make it 14-0 with seven seconds remaining in the first quarter.

Justin Tucker kicked field goals of 20 and 28 yards in the second quarter, the latter coming on the final play of the half. New York’s second-quarter points came on Gano’s 31-yard field goal with 1:08 left.

Gano booted a 42-yard field goal with 3:54 remaining in the third quarter to cut Baltimore’s lead to 14.

Jackson connected on an 8-yard scoring pass to Bryant on the first play of the fourth quarter to make it 27-6. The Giants posted the game’s final points on Jones’ 3-yard scoring pass to Shepard with 8:40 to play.

–Field Level Media

Nov 29, 2020; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; New York Giants free safety Logan Ryan (23) runs with the ball after recovering the forced fumble during the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

DB Ryan, Giants agree to three-year contract

Logan Ryan shared his Christmas present with the world on Friday, announcing he’s agreed to a deal to remain a member of the New York Giants.

“A Christmas Morning we’ll never forget,” he tweeted. “The @giants and I just agreed to a new 3 year deal. IM HERE TO STAY!!

“Merry Christmas! #TheMostVersatile #TogetherBlue”

NFL Network reported the deal is worth $31 million, with $20 million guaranteed.

The Giants had signed Ryan to a one-year, $5.05 million deal, plus incentives, after the Tennessee Titans opted not to retain the 29-year-old defensive back.

Ryan had four interceptions, 18 pass breakups, four forced fumbles, 4.5 sacks and 113 tackles last season, setting career highs in every category but interceptions (five in 2013). He made $10 million in 2019 in the final year of a three-year, $30 million contract with Tennessee.

This season, Ryan has provided a veteran presence to an improving Giants defense, which is 12th in the league in total yards (346.4) and ninth in points surrendered (22.2).

In 14 games (13 starts), Ryan has nine passes defensed, three forced fumbles, one interception, one sack and 83 tackles.

In early November, Ryan praised the team’s medical staff for offering guidance that potentially saved his wife’s life. After his wife, who was pregnant, told Ryan by phone of her symptoms, he consulted with a trainer about her condition. The trainer, Justin Maher, advised her to seek immediate treatment, and she had surgery for an ectopic pregnancy.

“That’s the type of organization we have here,” Ryan said at the time.

–Field Level Media