Former Giants Receiver on Daniel Jones: ‘Let Him Loose’

Golden Tate

Getty Former Giants receiver Golden Tate says Daniel Jones and company have opportunity to "be special."

Count this former Giant as a true admirer of Daniel Jones.

Former New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate appeared on the June 3 episode of “NFL Total Access” and had only positive things to say about his former quarterback and team. “I enjoyed DJ [Daniel Jones] and I think he has all the tools to be successful for a long time,” he said.

The former Pro Bowler lauded Jones’ skillset and said the team could be “special” if it remained healthy. One interesting takeaway was a comment about how the Giants could get the most out of Jones. “They just need to let him loose,” Tate said. “I feel like when I was there we got caught up trying to tell him what decisions to make instead of letting him play ball”

Tate’s tenure with the Giants was a rocky one, to say the least. In November 2020, he was benched after his yelling “Throw me the ball!” after a completion could be heard on the telecast. He subsequently apologized to his teammates. Also that month, Tate’s wife, Elise, took aim at the team for his diminished role in the offense. In March 2021, the team released him.

Tate, 33, has not played since his 2020 campaign with the Giants, where he started 14 games in two seasons and made 84 catches for 1,064 yards and eight touchdowns. His tumultuous 2020 season saw a sharp decline in usage, with just four starts and two touchdowns.

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