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WR Golden Tate - Detroit Lions

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

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Recent Stats and Projections

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1 at IND 55 1 2 0 7 7 41 0 0 4.3
2 vs TEN 70 0 0 0 9 2 13 0 0 1.3
3 at GB 59 1 -8 0 6 4 40 0 0 3.2

Recent Game Summaries

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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Latest News

Lions | Golden Tate catches 2 of 13 targets (Sun Sep 18, 05:42 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate hauled in two passes on 13 targets for 13 yards Sunday, Sept. 18, versus the Tennessee Titans in Week 2.

Our View: Tate is still running most of his routes close to the line of scrimmage and he isn't getting a large share of the team's plentiful passing game. It's reasonable to keep him on the bench until he has a good game, even in PPR leagues. Next week he gets the Packers.
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Schedule

4@ Chicago Bears
5vs Philadelphia Eagles
6vs Los Angeles Rams
7vs Washington Redskins
8@ Houston Texans
9@ Minnesota Vikings
10--- BYE WEEK ---
11vs Jacksonville Jaguars
12vs Minnesota Vikings
13@ New Orleans Saints
14vs Chicago Bears
15@ New York Giants
16@ Dallas Cowboys
17vs Green Bay Packers