Golden Tate’s potential return may give boost to Giants’ offense

Golden Tate’s potential return may give boost to Giants’ offense

Sunday is shaping up to be the day the Giants have been impatiently waiting on for two seasons.

Though Golden Tate is listed as questionable on the injury report ahead of visiting the Bears, he was more active Friday than he was in the final practice before Week 1. Tate’s hamstring is the only foreseeable obstacle to Daniel Jones having a full complement of weapons — Darius Slayton, Sterling Shepard, Evan Engram and Saquon Barkley, too — together for the first time.

“It’s definitely really good to get Golden back in there,” Engram said. “Good veteran player [who] makes big plays week-in and week-out. It will be good to have a full force on offense to go compete.”

Tate was suspended during Jones’ first career start last season and then injuries began spreading and mounting. This will be Jones’ 14th start. Engram, Barkley and Tate have never lined up together, including during Eli Manning’s final four starts.

“He’s been working hard with the trainers,” coach Joe Judge said of Tate, “and has progressed nicely.”

Golden TateGolden Tate during practice at the Giants training facility earlier this month.Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post

Linebacker Carter Coughlin (hamstring) also is considered questionable after he was limited in practice. Defensive back Adrian Colbert (quad) is out.

Two of the Bears’ best defensive players — Khalil Mack (knee) and Robert Quinn (ankle) — are on the injury report. Quinn was a full practice participant Friday, but Mack was not.

“I’d be surprised if those players don’t play this week,” Judge said. “We’re fully anticipating seeing those top-end defensive players going as hard as they can for 60 minutes.”

Judge is tight-lipped when asked about injuries but pays attention to reports in case his counterpart (Matt Nagy this week) is not.

“Obviously, you’re looking at everything you can to try to gain some kind of information,” Judge said. “Matt plays it pretty close to the vest. Sometimes you have to read between the lines.”

Mack added a twist Friday when crediting Giants great Justin Tuck as a mentor when they were Raiders teammates in 2014-15. Mack was the 2016 Defensive Player of the Year in his third season.

Perhaps prompted by Tuck’s inclusion as one of 14 first-year nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, as announced Thursday, Mack referred to him as “Justin Tuck, H.O.F” when relaying Tuck’s lasting message not to take anything for granted.

The Giants used pre-snap motion on an NFL-low 9.4 percent of offensive plays in Week 1, according to ESPN.

Usage of a no-huddle attack to start the game and at other times is not conducive to motion because that would allow the defense time to adjust rather than dictating the pace. Different opponents could mean more offensive motion.

“We used a lot of tempo in the game,” offensive coordinator Jason Garrett said. “That was a big part of it. When you’re doing that, you might be in the shifts and motions world a little bit less than you typically would be if you were coming out of the huddle.”