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WR Golden Tate - Detroit Lions

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

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Week 9: bye week

Recent Stats and Projections

5 vs BUF 0 0 0 9 7 134 1 0
6 at MIN 0 0 0 12 7 44 0 0
7 vs NO 0 0 0 13 10 154 1 0
8 at ATL 0 0 0 15 7 151 1 0

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 6 vs MIN (12 / 7 / 44 / 0 rec)

Without Calvin Johnson out of the lineup, it was the Golden Tate show for the Detroit passing game against Minnesota. Tate was peppered with a hearty 36% of the team targets in the game, but it resulted in little production. Tate and Matthew Stafford struggled to connect against tight coverage and the catch-and-run opportunities from previous weeks were not present. Tate dropped three catchable passes in addition to other contested targets. Tate's best opportunity for a big play came on a well-executed double-move, easily creating separation on the defensive back. The defender held Tate, drawing a penalty in the process, but Tate nearly made a one-handed reception down the field post-penalty. The Lions passing offense struggled to find rhythm this week and the Vikings were geared up to stop Golden Tate, in which they were successful.

2014 Week 7 vs NO (13 / 10 / 154 / 1 rec)

With Calvin Johnson out, Tate saw another game as the featured receiver of the Detroit offense. Tate consistently made yards after the catch with his running back-like ability. Stafford targeted him on more than 30% of his throws and Tate had more than double the targets of any other Lions player against New Orleans. In addition to his highlight reel catch-and-run touchdown that saved the game for Detroit in the fourth quarter, two plays could have been made for an even bigger day. On the first, Stafford missed Tate on a third down out route, stalling Detroit outside of field goal range. On the second, Tate drew a defensive pass interference penalty in a one-on-one situation down the sideline - without the penalty Tate likely scores on a long touchdown. As it stood, the penalty was 31 yards and set the Lions up in the red zone. Tate dominated after the catch and his already big game could have been close to 200 yards with an additional touchdown. Tate was one of the bigger free agent acquisitions of the offseason on offense and validated it this week in Detroit's comeback victory.

2014 Week 8 vs ATL (15 / 7 / 151 / 1 rec)

Tate was once-again the clear lead receiver with Calvin Johnson, Reggie Bush, and three tight ends out of the lineup for the Lions this week. Like last week, Tate made big plays as the lone bright spot for the Detroit offense through large stretches of the game. From the slot, few defensive backs could stick with Tate in and out of his sharp-breaking routes. As Matthew Stafford scrambled to extend a third-and-25, Tate broke free past the defense for a long touchdown, a clear momentum shift as Detroit trailed 21-3 at the time. Tate's clutch play came on the final drive as Detroit trailed by two points in the final two minutes. Tate hauled in a 30-yard seam pass as Detroit approached field goal range. Despite the impressive stat line, there were missed opportunities for Tate against Atlanta as well. Tate made a highlight reel sideline reception, but only managed one foot in bounds through contact. Tate and Stafford were not on the same page on a third down goal line target, squandering single coverage in the process. On a game-tying two-point conversion attempt, a defensive back held Tate's jersey through his route break. No penalty was called and Detroit needed another drive to ultimately win the game.


Latest News

Lions | Calvin Johnson expects to return after bye (Wed Oct 29, 12:32 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) said he 'definitely expects to play' against the Miami Dolphins after the team's bye week. Johnson has missed the last three games due to a high right ankle sprain. WR Golden Tate has 24 catches for 349 yards and two touchdowns in Johnson's absence.

Our View: Good news for fantasy owners here. They've given him enough time to get close to full strength. So long as he practices fully in back-to-back days next week, feel confident starting Johnson again in Week 10.
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Lions | Another big game for Golden Tate? (Fri Oct 24, 10:09 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate will be facing the league's 29th ranked pass defense in Week 8 against the Atlanta Falcons.

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Lions | Golden Tate making consistent impact (Tue Oct 21, 11:28 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate is one of just two receivers to have at least five receptions in each of the first seven games of the season.

Our View: Tate has been amazing for the Lions this year. He was certainly one of the most underrated free agent additions this offseason. Tate has especially shined with the team missing Calvin Johnson in the lineup.
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Lions | Calvin Johnson misses another practice (Fri Oct 17, 12:12 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) didn't practice for the sixth straight day Friday, Oct. 17. Head coach Jim Caldwell isn't ruling him out for Week 7 against the New Orleans Saints, but he also didn't make it sound like Johnson would play, either. Johnson said earlier this week that he sees no reason to rush back to the field until he's completely healthy. The team will lean heavily on WRs Golden Tate, Corey Fuller and Jeremy Ross, along with RBs Joique Bell and Reggie Bush if Johnson doesn't play again.

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11@ Arizona Cardinals
12@ New England Patriots
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