Golden Tate had a quiet debut with the Giants in Sunday’s 28-10 loss to the Vikings and afterward sounded eager to be more involved in the offense.
“Obviously I wish I had a few more opportunities to help us win,’’ Tate said. “I’ll watch film very critically, I’ll get with [Daniel Jones] and see what I can do better to help us win and move the chains a little bit more.’’
Asked if this is the role he can expect moving forward, Tate said “I hope not. I want to be out there as much as possible. We’ll see, it’s the first week back for me, I hope my role increases.’’
Tate started alongside Sterling Shepard in his first game after serving a four-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on substance abuse. He caught a 5-yard pass on the Giants’ first offensive play but finished up with only three receptions for 13 yards.
“He’s a veteran presence, he gets in there and he battles,’’ coach Pat Shurmur said. “We’ll have to look at it. I think we probably didn’t do enough to get enough guys balls.’’
Rookie CB DeAndre Baker after a 3-yard run by Dalvin Cook was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for mouthing off on the field, costing the Giants 15 yards on a Vikings drive that ended with Adam Thielen beating Baker for a touchdown.
“Just competing and being a little chippie, exchanged a few words, it is what it is,’’ Baker said. “Yeah, I was surprised. Just got to tone it down a little bit.’’
Baker said all he said to get the penalty was “Yeah, let’s go, let’s go.’’
Second-year DL RJ McIntosh got his first career sack on the opening drive, stopping Kirk Cousins for a 9-yard loss, forcing the Vikings to settle for a field goal.
Shurmur lost a challenge and thus lost a timeout when he tried to get a no-call in the end zone reversed. A pass to Shepard was broken up by corner back Mike Hughes and Shurmur wanted to see if he could coax a pass interference penalty out of a challenge. “There was a grab on the left side of our receiver,’’ Shurmur said. “I made a judgment and we’ll see what anybody wants to say about it. I’ll take it to my grave because I can’t tell you guys what happens, but we’ll figure it out.’’