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WR Golden Tate - Detroit Lions

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

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Tate has handled punts when T.J. Jones has been inactive.

News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Tue Oct 6): Tate is the Percy Harvin in a bland offense that doesn't open anything up. He's just bench depth for now.

Week 5: vs Arizona Cardinals

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Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at SD 42 0 0 0 8 4 24 0 0 2.4
2 at MIN 73 0 0 0 10 6 80 0 0 8
3 vs DEN 65 0 0 0 7 5 57 0 0 5.7
4 at SEA 47 1 6 0 4 3 29 0 0 3.5
5 vs ARI PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 4 * * * *
5 vs ARI PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 4 vs SEA (4 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)

Underutilized for much of the game, Golden Tate saw the majority of his targets in the second and third quarter, mostly for minimal gain. His largest gain was in the fourth quarter when Tate caught a 10 yard reception and added 12 yards after the catch for a total of 22 yards. Detroit needs to find more insightful ways to take advantage of Tate's yards-after-catch ability to maximize their potential.

2015 Week 3 vs DEN (7 / 5 / 57 / 0 rec)

Similar to Johnson, all of Golden Tate's receptions were short routes. He did, however, manage a 33 yard reception on a short grab, accounting for nearly all of it after the catch.

2015 Week 2 vs MIN (10 / 6 / 80 / 0 rec)

Targeted nine times on the day, Tate was successful throughout the first half and caught all 5 of his targets. As the game wore on Tate struggled with the coverage. Midway through the third quarter Tate stumbled on a cut to the outside and lost the step he had on his defender. Shortly thereafter he was jammed on his route and came up short on the pass in his direction. Finally, on a go-ahead 25 yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter, Tate bobbled the catch and dropped it in air as he succumbed to coverage and a less than ideal throw from Stafford.

2015 Week 1 vs SD (8 / 4 / 24 / 0 rec)

The coverage played into Golden Tate's game, and he was targeted heavily on 8 attempts, managing to grab four for 24 yards. After Stafford's big hit earlier in the game, Tate and Stafford were clearly out of sync. A good amount of pressure, poor mechanics, and route confusion seemed to affect the quarterback and wide receiver for the remainder of the game, clouding the potential of two significant throws later in the game that would have resulted in significant yardage.


Latest News

Lions | Subpar game for Golden Tate (Tue Oct 6, 12:42 AM) - Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate posted three receptions for 29 yards in the Week 4 game against the Seattle Seahawks Monday, Oct. 5. He was targeted four times.

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Lions | Golden Tate says offense is predictable (Tue Sep 29, 02:50 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate said in each of the first three games this season he has had opponents tell him they knew the plays that were being called. 'I don't know how they know or what film they're watching that we're giving away,' Tate said. 'That's something we got to go back and watch our tendencies to figure out where we line up or how we line up or what formation or whatever it may be.'

Our View: At 0-3, the Lions clearly need to change things up. We'll see if the team starts being even more creative with dangerous weapons like Tate and RBs Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick.
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