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WR Golden Tate - Detroit Lions

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 5): Tate would have had a nice game as the #1 receiver with Marvin Jones out without his long touchdown against busted coverage. The score gave him the best wide receiver line of the week heading into a matchup with Chicago.

Week 14: vs Chicago Bears

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Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Matthew Stafford struggled at Chicago back in Week Four, posting 23/36 for 213 yards passing, zero TDs and two interceptions thrown, with two sacks taken for -16 yards. Marvin Jones (seven targets for 5/74/0 receiving) led the team in receiving during that game - since then, Golden Tate has come back to the forefront of the receiving corps (see below). Last week, at New Orleans, Tate led the Lions with 10 targets for 8/145/1 receiving, while T.J. Jones (not Marvin) was second on the team with four targets for 3/49/0 receiving. Anquan Boldin (six for 4/40/0) and Eric Ebron (six for 4/38/0) were third and fourth as Stafford slung 30/42 for 341 yards passing, two TDs with zero interceptions and two sacks taken for -4 yards en route to a 28-13 win in New Orleans. (Marvin) Jones has a thigh injury that kept him out of the Week 13 game, though he did 'test' the injured limb in pre-game warmups last week. With or without (Marvin) Jones, Stafford looks like he is on a roll. The Bears' pass defense was not challenged last week as San Francisco's (located in warm-weather Levis' Stadium in Santa Clara) could only muster five completions in sixty minutes of game play during a snow storm. In fact, the 49ers had 39 yards worth of pass completions between Colin Kaepernick (1/5 for four yards before he was benched) and Blaine Gabbert (4/10 for 35 yards) vs. six sacks for -33 yards. San Francisco/Santa Clara had six yards (net) passing at Chicago last week, folks. This pathetic performance by San Francisco/Santa Clara skews the near-term average for Chicago. To date, Chicago ranks sixth in the NFL averaging 220.3 net passing yards allowed per game (also skewed downwards, but less so over 12 games played), with 17 passing scores given out vs. five interceptions (30th in the NFL) and 30 sacks (tied for seventh in the NFL) generated. This looks like a neutral matchup between divisional foes.

Recent Stats and Projections

11 vs JAX 47 1 -6 0 4 3 27 0 1 1.1
12 vs MIN 51 0 0 0 7 5 77 0 0 7.7
13 at NO 60 0 0 0 10 8 145 1 0 20.5
14 vs CHI PROJ-Dodds * 1 * * 5 * * * *
14 vs CHI PROJ-Tremblay * 1 * * 5 * * * *
14 vs CHI PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 7 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.


Latest News

Lions | Golden Tate has explosive game (Sun Dec 4, 05:42 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate finished with eight catches and 145 yards, including a 66-yard touchdown scamper, in a 28-13 win over the New Orleans Saints.

Our View: Tate's long touchdown came on a busted coverage, but he was productive all afternoon. The loss of Marvin Jones helped Tate's target share, and he should be at worst a good WR2/WR3 play against Chicago at home next week.
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