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Golden Tate leads all WRs in YAC over last 5 seasons

Wide receiver Golden Tate is entering his 11th season in the NFL and his second with the Giants. Last year, the veteran caught 49 passes for 676 yards and six touchdowns in 11 games, averaging 13.8 yards per reception, his highest average since 2013.

Tate's highest-yardage game of the season came during the Week 6 Thursday night matchup with the New England Patriots when he caught six passes for 102 yards, including a 64-yard score. It was the first passing touchdown the Patriots' defense had allowed all year.

Tate has been an incredibly reliable option in the passing game throughout his career. The veteran caught at least 90 passes every season from 2014-2017, and eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark in three of those four campaigns as well. While injuries and a suspension cost him five games in 2019, Tate still managed to gain nearly 700 receiving yards.

The former second round pick has proven to be one of the toughest players in the league to tackle. Over the last five seasons, Tate leads all wide receivers with 1,003 yards after the catch, over 300 yards more than the next highest player (Larry Fitzgerald, 674), according to Pro Football Focus.

View photos of all skill position players on the Giants' 90-man roster.

Joint statement from the Giants and Jets

Yesterday Governor Murphy announced that, due to the ongoing public health crisis, his Executive Order limiting outdoor public gatherings will apply to events at MetLife Stadium until further notice. This decision was reached after careful consideration of the current state of the COVID-19 crisis, in discussions with the Giants and Jets, and in consideration of the health and safety of our fans, players and staff, which will continue to be the primary focus for our teams.

We support Governor Murphy's decision in the interest of public health and safety and, until circumstances change, both the Giants and Jets will play our games without the benefit of fans in attendance. Although we would prefer to have fans at MetLife Stadium for our games, we will continue to work with Governor Murphy's office and will provide updates if necessary.

Additionally, out of an abundance of caution, each team's 2020 Training Camps and practices will not be open to the public.

We urge our fans to continue to take the necessary precautions recommended by health officials to stay safe and we look forward to seeing you at MetLife Stadium as soon as possible.

Giants Season Ticket Members who have not already completed the 2020 Season Deferment form and have made a previous payment towards season tickets, please click here to log into your Giants account, where you can choose to receive a refund or to apply your payments as a credit toward next year's season tickets.

Thank you again for your continued patience and understanding during these unprecedented times and we will continue to provide additional information as it becomes available.

View rare photos of Giants training camp through the years.

Bob Papa on 25 seasons as the voice of the Giants

Daniel Jones turned 23 back in May. Two years before the quarterback was born, Bob Papa took over as the play-by-play voice of the New York Giants.

Papa has witnessed some of the franchise's greatest moments over the last two and a half decades. He called the team's victories in Super Bowl XLII and Super Bowl XLVI, as well as the team's loss in Super Bowl XXXV.

The legendary radio broadcaster joined ESPN's Jordan Raanan on the Breaking Big Blue podcast to talk about his time with the Giants, the upcoming season and many other topics.

"It's shocking, actually, because it doesn't feel like it was that long ago," Papa said about entering his 26th season with the franchise. "I started as part of the Giants' broadcast team as far back as 1988 doing the postgame show and then a pregame show. Then I filled in on some play-by-play in the '92 and '93 season, and I can still remember the first game, although it was a terrible game for the Giants. It was opening night and they got blown out at home by the Cowboys. But I had my dad with me in the booth at the old Giants Stadium.

"When you say 26 years, it's like 'Really? It's been that long?' But I guess it has. Three Super Bowls and two wins, so it just makes me feel old I guess."

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