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WR Golden Tate - Detroit Lions

5-10, 199Born: 8-2-1988College: Notre DameDrafted: Round 2

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17 vs GB 62 1 7 0 10 6 77 1 0 14.4
18 at SEA 48 1 0 0 5 3 25 0 0 2.5

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 18 vs SEA (5 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)

Tate was taken out of the game for the most part on Saturday, and it wasn't entirely on the Seahawks defense as Stafford just didn't look his way all that often. He also had a bad drop on the first drive of the game, leaving a sure-fire first down on the field and forcing a punt which is a bad way to start the game. Stafford hit Tate on a play where Tate lined up as a running back and he caught the pass as he flared out of the backfield and took it for seven yards. The Lions continue to give the ball to Tate on reverses and he took one and went nowhere with it in the first half. The Lions motioned Tate into a trips set and executed a rub route, running Tate underneath all that traffic and he took an easy pitch and catch for five yards and a first down. Tate lined up wide on the left side of the field and took a slant for 12 yards, and he had to make a really nice leaping grab to make the play. Tate was targeted on another slant route coming from an outside alignment, and Stafford's throw was a touch high and Tate couldn't come up with the catch. He was targeted five times and came up with three catches going for 25 yards.

2016 Week 17 vs GB (10 / 6 / 77 / 1 rec, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)

Tate was heavily involved I the game plane versus the Packers as he was targeted 10 times in the game. He was targeted in the short passing game and down the field as the Packers secondary is vulnerable to the pass. Stafford's first two throw to Tate fell incomplete, but the second was might have been a game changing type of play. Tate streaked past the Packers defensive back and ran wide open down the left sideline and Stafford threw the ball on a rope to him. Stafford led him a touch too far, but Tate didn't pick up the ball early enough and might have been expecting a little more arc on the throw. He ended up putting up one hand and batting the ball to the ground, and a potential long score fell to the ground incomplete. Tate caught a 17-yard slant and a 17-yard out, and then took a tunnel screen for 10 yards. Tate caught a three-yard touchdown on a well-designed play with Boldin running a pick and Tate working underneath the pick to run into an opening for an easy score. Tate caught another tunnel screen that went for five yards and then worked a combination route with Boldin clearing the middle of the field for him. Tate waited for Boldin to clear and ran a crosser and caught an easy throw and took it for 24 yards. He was targeted late in the game in the red zone and it looked like Stafford was throwing a back shoulder to Tate at the pylon, but Packers defender Mycah Hyde was all over Tate and came up with the interception in the end zone.

2016 Week 16 vs DAL (6 / 6 / 58 / 0 rec)

Tate was not targeted as heavily in this game as he has been recently, but he was efficient as he converted six targets into six catches that went for 58 yards. Tate was targeted early in the game in the red zone as he ran a crosser with tight end Ebron clearing out space for him. He gained eight yards on a first-and-goal from the 15-yard line. Tate was utilized on slant routes into the middle of the field as he caught slant passes of 14, 16 and seven yards. He was targeted in the red zone late in the game on a fourth down and caught a six-yard pass when the Lions needed three yards to move the chains. Tate was only targeted once in the screen game and that came late on a bubble screen that went for six yards.

2016 Week 15 vs NYG (13 / 8 / 122 / 0 rec)

Tate continues to be the main target for quarterback Matt Stafford and over the past few weeks the Lions are allowing Tate to run to the deeper parts of the field to challenge defenses vertically. It seems that defenders are looking to squat on his routes and he's beating defenders with the double moves or is just running past them. The Lions are still deploying him in the screen game and with slants and crossers in the middle of the field, and Stafford is definitely looking his way. He was targeted 13 times in this game and caught eight passed that went for 122 yards. Stafford saw that Tate had beaten rookie cornerback Eli Apple with a double move deep in Giants territory and threw the ball to an open Tate, but Apple showed very good recovery speed and got a fingertip on the ball and broke up what would have been a long touchdown. Tate's next target went for 67 yards as he ran past Giants defender Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie into wide open space down the right sideline. He was tackled from behind and the Lions fumbled on the next play. Stafford took a few more intermediate shots to Tate but Tate slipped coming out of his break on one of them and the two hooked up on an almost perfect pitch and catch deep down the left sideline but Tate's second foot came down on the sideline. The Lions went shorter as the weather got worse and Tate saw a shovel pass that went for seven yards and was tackled for a five yard loss by Rodgers-Cromartie on a crossing route. The Lions were forced to get very aggressive late in the game and Tate caught consecutive passes of 12 and 24 yards. He was targeted in the red zone late in the game but Stafford was under heavy pressure while on the move and the ball was overthrown. Tate was all over the field in this game and played a huge role in the offense even though the Lions only scored two field goals.

2016 Week 14 vs CHI (11 / 6 / 58 / 0 rec, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Tate had a solid day, but with a break here or there it could have been another nice game for Tate on Sunday. He wasn't deployed at the line of scrimmage in the screen game as much this week as the Lions allowed him to run routes down the field. Tate worked in the intermediate slant and crossing route game in concert with other receivers clearing the field for him. Ha had catches of 11, 13 and 14 yards early in the game. He is dangerous in space and can make the first defender miss to generate yards after the catch. Tate is a smart football player and showed this late in the first half as he caught a slant route in the middle of the field. He spun away from the defense and ran out of bounds for a nice gain preserving a timeout instead of burning one by getting tackled in the middle of the field. The Lions did hit Tate with a bubble-screen that went for nine yards on the right side of the formation. The Lions like to get the ball to Tate in the running game and he did take one carry that went for a one-yard loss because rookie outside linebacker Leonard Floyd stayed home and made an outstanding read to take Tate down for the loss. Tate had a drop on a pass on a slant route that he double caught which allowed the defender to get his hands into Tate's to break up the play. The Lions targeted Tate in the end zone and almost converted the play but the ball was underthrown by the tiniest amount and Bears defensive back Bryce Callahan barely tipped the ball which then ricocheted off of Tate's facemask and bounced into the air. Bears cornerback Demontre Hurst came down with the ball in the end zone as the Lions turned over the ball. Overall, it was a good day for Tate and he was open other times that would have been big plays but Stafford didn't see him or pressure prevented him from throwing the ball to Tate.

2016 Week 13 vs NO (10 / 8 / 145 / 1 rec)

Tate had a big day against a defense that gave up a few monster plays to Tate in the game. The Lions started the game with a shovel pass to Tate that went for eight yards and Stafford hit Tate down the left sideline for a 35-yard gain even though Saints cornerback Delvin Breaux was in great position on the play. It was a perfect throw and Tate went up and wrestled the ball away from Breaux which put the Lions in great field position. The Lions hit Tate on slant routes and crossers consistently in the game and Tate took a slant into the second level and made two defenders miss, taking the pass for 15 yards. Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro did a nice job when locked up with Tate in the slot as he was too physical and Tate couldn't get off of press coverage. Vaccaro also read a screen pass that went to Tate and dropped him for a three-yard loss. The biggest play of the game came early in the fourth quarter as Tate ran behind his defender as that defender was expecting safety help but it wasn't there and Stafford hit a wide open Tate who ran into open space and eventually into the end zone for a 66-yard touchdown. Tate had a huge day catching eight passes for 145 yards and a score.

2016 Week 12 vs MIN (7 / 5 / 77 / 0 rec)

Tate was more involved in the intermediate area of the field in this game than he was in the first matchup between these two teams. He was targeted seven times and the Lions ran combination routes with tight end Eric Ebron clearing out the middle of the field which allowed for Tate to run into open areas behind that action. Tate caught passes of 18 yards and another for 41 yards. He has the ability to make the first defender miss to generate yards after the catch and he did that in this game. He also had catches of four yards and two that went for seven yards. Tate had another drop in the game, but overall he had a solid day.

2016 Week 11 vs JAX (4 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec, 1 / -6 / 0 rush)

Tate was blanketed in this game as the Lions had a very hard time getting into the kind of rhythm and tempo they need for plays drawn up for Tate to work. He was only targeted four times, one going for two yards and a first down with Tate showing very good effort to get the distance required. Tate caught slant routes of 12 and 13 yards which were some of the bigger plays the Lions offense had in the entire game. It wasn't a great day for Tate as he did fumble on an end around after gaining two yards and it led to turnover as the Jaguars recovered the ball. This was a tough matchup coming in as the Jaguars defense was tough on paper, and it gave the Lions offense everything it could handle on Sunday.

2016 Week 9 vs MIN (12 / 11 / 79 / 1 rec, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)

Tate was extremely active in the short passing attack on Sunday as he was targeted 12 times in the game. 10 of the 12 targets came right at the line of scrimmage or just a few yards down the field. Illustrating that is the fact that Tate had two catches of seven yards, one for no-gain, four yards, six yards and three yards. He also had three that went for eight yards and one that went for a two-yard loss. Tate's biggest two plays of the game were a 12-yard where he pushed the defender hard down the field and came back for the ball and then in the game-winner in overtime that went for 28 yards. Tate ran an intermediate out route in between cornerback Xavier Rhodes and safety Harrison Smith. Stafford hit him between the numbers and Tate shook off Rhodes and somehow stayed in bounds as Smith tried to push him out of bounds, tiptoeing down the sidelines and somersaulting into the end zone for the score. Tate started the season slowly but has really come on over the past few weeks.

2016 Week 8 vs HOU (9 / 7 / 42 / 0 rec)

Tate was active in the short passing attack on Sunday as he was targeted nine times in the game. All but one of his targets were screen passes or throws coming out quickly and Tate wasn't targeted down the field at all. His longest reception came on a screen pass that went for 13 yards, and Stafford hit him on a shovel pass for 12 yards that cane back on a holding call. Tate had almost no room at times as the Texans threw a blanket on the short passing attack. Texans defensive back Kareem Jackson did a really nice job of stopping Tate on screen passes before they got started, dropping him immediately. For the most part, Tate was ineffective against the smothering Texans secondary.

2016 Week 7 vs WAS (12 / 6 / 93 / 0 rec)

Tate got back on track in Week 6 as he was heavily involved in the Lions scheme and he built on that performance in Week 7. Tate was targeted 12 times in this game and had a long of 27 yards which came on a tunnel screen. Tate continued to generate yards after the catch and looked dangerous throughout the game. The Lions took advantage of the Redskins coverage as they locked cornerback Josh Norman up with Marvin Jones which left Tate locked up with cornerback Bashaud Breeland. Tate's quickness helped him in multiple ways against Breeland. Early in the game, Tate pushed Breeland down the field and executed a comeback that went for 11 yards. Tate caught a pass that bounced off of Breeland's back and took it for 16 yards. Tate did have a drop on a crucial third down and needs to work on securing the ball better as he's had a case of the drops this year. The Lions are continuing to get creative with Tate, and they did that with a shovel pass with Tate coming in motion. Tate took the shovel pass and went for 22 yards. The Lions executed quick-hitting plays to Tate, one going for four yards and another that came on a screen pass that went for 14 yards. Tate beat Breeland deep down the left sideline and Stafford delivered the ball perfectly but safety Will Blackmon made a fantastic play, quickly turning his hips and breaking on the ball to bat down the pass. Stafford continued to look for Tate (twice in the red zone) but a great play by Redskins cornerback Greg Toler and a holding call prevented potential touchdowns. Tate was dangerous throughout the game on Sunday.

2016 Week 6 vs LA (10 / 8 / 165 / 1 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)

Tate got back on track in Week 6 as he was heavily involved in the Lions scheme on Sunday because of their desire to get the ball out quickly because of the Rams pass rush. Tate was at his best making defenders miss and he did this on his first catch of the game that went for 34 yards. Tate took a tunnel screen and showed some wiggle getting into the second level, got a great block from right tackle Riley Reiff and took the ball deep into the red zone. Tate wasn't perfect as he did have two drops on the day, both coming on shallow crossing routes. Stafford and Tate looked a little more in sync this week. On a play when Tate split out wide, Stafford recognized how far off the coverage was and just tossed a quick screen pass to Tate that went for eight yards. The Lions took advantage of a free play as the Rams were off-sides and Stafford took a shot deep down the field to Tate who was streaking down the left sideline. Tate initially scored but it was reversed and the Lions got the ball at the Rams one-yard line. The play went for 61 yards and allowed the Lions to put the ball in the end zone quickly. Tate and Jones continue to run rub routes to help each other beat man coverage. Tate scored on a 23-yard touchdown which can on a slant pattern and an easy pitch and catch. He was incredibly effective and efficient in the game as he was targeted 10 times and converted eight into catches for 165 yards and a score.

2016 Week 5 vs PHI (5 / 3 / 39 / 0 rec, 3 / 6 / 0 rush)

Tate was used in a very intriguing manner Sunday as he had as many carried as he had catches. He still looks to be fighting the ball as he had another drop and the Lions are manufacturing touches to get him going. Tate lined up deep as a running back and was utilized as a decoy at times allowing the Lions to get the ball on screens away from the direction Tate was going. Tate ran the ball three times with one gaining 10 yards while the other two were clogged up generating negative yardage. Tate's drop came on a play that would have required a very nice catch as he went up for the ball down the right sideline. The ball hit him in both hands and simply went through them. Tate was targeted behind the line of scrimmage and on a short slant, and his biggest play of the day came on a deep crosser late in the fourth quarter. Stafford led him perfectly and Tate caught the ball, taking it for 27 yards and moving the ball deep into the red zone.

2016 Week 4 vs CHI (4 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)

Tate looks out of sorts and his 2016 season has not started well on any level. In this game he was targeted four times total and most were very close to the line of scrimmage. Tate was targeted on a quick out, but Bears defensive back Bryce Callahan made a nice play and stopped him before Tate could make him miss. He was targeted a few yards down the field down the right sideline but couldn't create separation and dropped a ball that he most times would catch. Tate ran the wrong route at the end of the first half, running up the field instead of breaking out to the sideline and it led to an interception, costing the Lions an opportunity at points. He did not see the field much the rest of the day but came on late in the fourth quarter to catch a two-point conversion. Tate has the look of a player that is hurt and simply not in sync on any level with his quarterback.

2016 Week 3 vs GB (6 / 4 / 40 / 0 rec, 1 / -8 / 0 rush)

Tate was targeted six times in the game and he had four catches. Tate did a solid job of working back to Stafford and did his best to generate yardage after the catch. Tate was targeted on quick throws and did a nice job securing the ball while getting up the field. The Lions utilized Tate out of the slot in this game, and his first catch came on a play where he slipped but got his hands up to make a four yard catch. The Lions drew up a really nice combination route where Tate worked with Jones to create room, making a catch for 12 yards. In the second half, Stafford hit Tate with the Lions needing nine yards on third down on a bubble screen and Tate took it for 10 yards, generating a first down. Tate's biggest play of the day came on a short out route where the ball traveled four yards, but he showed quickness and balanced to take the ball up the sideline for 16 yards.

2016 Week 2 vs TEN (9 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)

Tate was targeted nine times in the game and he only had two catches. It was a bad day for the receiver as he was plagued with drops as well. Tate has been great catching the ball as a professional, but he's had bouts of inconsistency with his hands going back to training camp. It's clear (and I'm speculating here) that Tate is dealing with some sort of injury that is causing him difficulty with adjusting to, and catching the ball. Tate had three drops (four overall, but one came on a play where Tennessee was penalized) on the day, and a few of them looked ugly as he was unable to even get two hands up to attempt a catch. Also, Stafford and Tate looked to be out of sorts all day. In the first quarter, Tate ran a stop and go but quit on the route as Stafford threw it deep, and this miscommunication seemed to linger all day. Stafford had Tate open deep twice in the second half, one on each sideline. The first one was defended well and it was a great throw, but as Tate was going up for the ball he extended his left hand (the defender might have had his right arm a touch) and he couldn't bring it in. On the second one, Stafford led him a little too far to the sideline but it is a catch Tate has to make. He looked super stiff in his upper body and he only reached up with his left arm this time, causing another drop. There was no reason for Tate to not use both hands on this play, and it would have been a huge play late in the game. Tate was also called for an illegal block in the first half that negated a first down. Overall, it was not a very good day for Tate.

2016 Week 1 vs IND (7 / 7 / 41 / 0 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)

Tate was targeted seven times in the game and he had seven catches. He was used primarily at the line of scrimmage on screens and quick slants. His longest catch was for 11 yards and that was really the only time he pushed the defense down the field. Tate ran an intermediate route and shook defensive back Darryl Morris quickly around eight yards down the field. He turned and caught the ball and had time to push for a few more yards and converted a first down. Tate is going to continue to generate yards after the catch via this short throwing scheme. There were times when Tate got bottled up by the defense as they smothered to him when these short throws came his way, and the Lions will need to adjust to allow for Tate to have room to operate.


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