New York Giants: Post-draft wide receiver breakdown

Sterling Shepard, New York Giants. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The Giants locked up Sterling Shepard for an additional four years while adding a quality veteran in Golden Tate.

The New York Giants wide receiving corps is a very young and inexperienced team. Besides Sterling Shepard, now the longest-tenured Giants receiver, no other wide receiver had more than 18 receptions last season. Big Blue made sure to lock up their number two receiver, signing him to a four-year contract extension yat could pay Shepard up to $41M, as of now 23.1M is guaranteed. He currently has one season remaining on his rookie contract.

2019 wasn’t the best year for free agent wide receivers but the Giants signed one of the best available in Golden Tate. The former Seahawks, Lions, and Eagles wideout signed a four-year deal worth $37.5M with $23M guaranteed, shortly after the team traded Beckham Jr. to Cleveland.  A former rival will now be wide receiver one in New York.

Tate brings the ability to play on the outside as well as in the slot position. During his time with Seattle, he lined up on the outside for the majority of his time there. When he went to Detroit, he became more of a slot receiver. This is something the Giants can use to create new offensive schemes to help become more than a Saquon Barkley centered offense.

The only other free agent receiver signed who didn’t play for Big Blue last season was Brittan Golden. The 5-11, former Arizona Cardinals wideout has played in 46 NFL games, mostly on special teams, and has 18 career receptions.