Barring an unlikely turn of events, Giants wide receiver Golden Tate is expected to miss the first four games of the season while he serves a suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
But head coach Pat Shurmur still likes what he's seen from the first-year Giant so far in camp.
"He's got a way of getting open in the short area," Shurmur said. "Even though we're not tackling to the ground, you can see he's got good run-after-catch [ability]."
The Giants signed Tate to a four-year contract in the offseason hoping to use him as part of a committee to replace Odell Beckham Jr.'s production. But Tate failed a drug test in April and news of his suspension came down last week. Though the 30-year-old receiver is appealing, he's not expected to be successful.
"Everybody has an excuse and they all think it's good," a source told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano last week. "But it never matters."
Regardless of the result of the appeal, Tate is still able to take part in training camp and is eligible for all of the Giants' preseason games. He's already made a good impression on his head coach.
"He's showed us what his reputation was," Shurmur said. ""He's very smart so we can move him around. All the things that are necessary to play in our offense."
Tate was traded by the Lions to the Eagles midway through last season and combined for 75 catches for 795 yards and four touchdowns between the two teams. He also caught seven balls for 64 yards and a touchdown in two playoff games for the Eagles.