Daniel Jones will play another game without all of his weapons. New York Giants veteran wide receiver Golden Tate will be inactive tonight against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the opening game on Monday Night Football.
He has been dealing with a lingering hamstring injury dating back to August 31st.
This is a big blow for the Giants. Tate missed the first four games last season due to a suspension for using a banned substance used in a fertility medication.
Last season, Tate had 49 receptions for 676 yards and six touchdowns. Only one of his receiving touchdowns was thrown by Eli Manning last season. That shows the chemistry between Jones and Tate. Tate also was a force in the return game last season as he returned ten punts for 97 yards.
The new rule the NFL implemented this season states that teams on gameday can bring up two practice squad players up to the 53-man roster. However, seven players have to remain inactive. The Giants did not activate an extra wide receiver from the practice squad. Instead, they activated safety Sean Chandler and offensive lineman Chad Slade. Chandler being activated for special teams purposes with rookie linebacker Tae Crowder injured.
Daniel Jones will have to rely on his other weapons tonight. Those being Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Evan Engram, Darius Slayton, C.J. Board, and waiver-wire acquisition Damion Ratley. Not a good start to the season for Big Blue, as they lose not just a receiver but a veteran presence in Golden Tate.