Gates also did a good job of keeping his head on a swivel and “looking for work,” whenever he didn’t have a guy directly lined up over him or when he spotted an unblocked defender trying to penetrate the offensive backfield. He’s getting a good share of reps at center, pushing him and challenging him every day as he keeps getting better.”, I have been a credentialed NFL writer for 22 years. I am the site manager/senior editor of  Giants Country, an SI.com Sports Channel. The deal has a base value of $6.825 million and could max out at $10.325 million. New York Giants offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and center Nick Gates toed the company line in saying very little about the recent firing of line coach Marc Colombo. Having seen snaps at center during the team’s scrimmage, Gates and quarterback Daniel Jones had no issues with the quarterback-center exchange of the ball. They need to figure out if they should stick with him after that. I am the site manager/senior editor of  Giants Country, an SI.com Sports Channel. So we have 8 on the roster with no true center. “I can’t control if I was sick or not,” Gates said. Gates this season lined up at center for the first time in his career, college or the NFL, gaining the trust of the new coaching staff back in the summer and starting every game this season. They said you had passed two tests or one the one day and two the next day. I was trying to be positive and I was like I hope I’m not sick, I hope I’m not positive and things like that so I can help the team. This is the dynamic playing out this summer as the Giants break in a new center, Nick Gates. Gates, 24, struggled in his first start at center, as he was overwhelmed by the Steelers in the season opener. On either side of him, Gates benefitted from stability and experience at left guard (Will Hernandez) and at right guard (Kevin Zeitler). Your Ad Choices If they think I’m good and the experts say I’m alright to go, then I trust them.’’. The New York Giants‘ starting center spot contained a … Gates made enough progress at center behind the scenes last year that general manager Dave Gettleman decided to passion adding a center in this year’s draft, all the while promoting Gates as a possible challenger to Spencer Pulley, currently the only center on the Giants with any live NFL game experience. Trust goes a long way. And so far, he's owning the moment. I’ll give you a hint, it is not left tackle or right tackle. This is why it is vital for the Giants to come to grips with so many of the young players on their roster. “I think he has done a good job. At least according to the unofficial depth chart the team released on Monday afternoon. We have 4 starters set and 4 backups not being cut. I'm the Owner/Operator/Jedi of Gates Home Furnishings & Sleep Center in Grants Pass, Oregon. EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - New York Giants offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and center Nick Gates toed the company line in saying very little about the recent firing of … He’s playing at a high level right now. The biggest challenge for the 6-6, 318-pound Gates has been getting him experience at the position against live competition. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. After an 11-yard gain by Evan Engram, Donald and Gates got into it following the whistle. That trio started together for the first seven games, until Hernandez tested positive for COVID-19 and had to miss Monday night’s game against the Buccaneers. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. “We’re a young group and we’re fighting to get better. The team could also choose the draft to address the center position with Temple’s Matt Hennessy emerging as … Starting tackles Andrew Thomas and Cam Fleming, center Nick Gates and backup linemen Shane Lemieux and Spencer Pulley practiced Friday after being told to stay away from the team because they had had close contract with starting guard Will Hernandez. Posted by 7 months ago. Nick Gates has emerged as a potential option to start at center for the New York Giants in 2020. Related Will Hernandez: Giants in good hands with Nick Gates, Andrew Thomas “He’s the alpha male that you want at the position. Just love the kid so far.”. I put Gates on the “lock”list based not only on last year but based on the DG comments this offseason. WR Sterling Shepard Damion Ratley. In fact, it is Nick Gates at center, an experiment that has seen positive results in recent weeks. “He just has to see it all. “Nick had his best game of the season against Philadelphia,’’ offensive line coach Marc Colombo said. But because they are all learning a new offensive system, any trepidation that he might have had doesn’t exist. Listen on Apple Podcasts | Spotify, © 2020 NYP Holdings, Inc. All Rights Reserved They lost six of their first seven games, a sign the players are not good enough.