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WR Golden Tate - Detroit Lions

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

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He is listed as probable on this week's official injury report.

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General News (Fri Nov 21): partially participated in Friday's practice but is still expected to play this week.

General News (Tue Nov 18): was only targeted two times during the team's Week 11 game, but head coach Jim Caldwell said that was not the plan during the game. "The plays that we call are maybe the same plays where he would have gotten the ball previously. You look at the progressions. There may be a guy in front of him and (the quarterback) may have to go somewhere else. Those are thing that happen more so than we're saying, 'You know what, we're not designing any plays to go to Golden.' That wasn't the case," Caldwell said.

Week 12: at New England Patriots

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Matthew Stafford managed to defeat the Dolphins two weeks ago with 25/40 for 280 yards passing, two TDs and one interception thrown (with three sacks taken for -19 yards). However, Arizona stifled his offense last week (18/30 for 183 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception thrown, with four sacks taken for -19 yards) - even Calvin Johnson was off (12 targets for 5/59/0 receiving) during the 6-14 loss that featured zero points scored by either team during the second half. We'll see if Stafford and company can rev up their engines for this trip to Gillette Stadium - they were on idle during Week 11. New England has stomped Denver and Indianapolis by a margin of 22 points in each of their last two games - Peyton Manning threw for 34/57 for 429 net yards, two TDs and two interceptions while taking one sack for -9 yards two games back, while Andrew Luck tossed 23/39 for 303 yards passing, two TDs and one interception (with one sack taken for zero yards lost) last week. As you can see, the Patriots have outscored their opponents - the pass defense has merely survived the most recent two matchups, thanks to the offense. Stafford and company should have a solid game against the leaky New England pass D. Also, the rushing matchup is tough for Joique Bell and company, so Detroit will likely put the ball up a bunch in this game.

Recent Stats and Projections

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8 at ATL 0 0 0 15 7 151 1 0
10 vs MIA 0 0 0 13 11 109 0 0
11 at ARI 1 8 0 2 2 41 0 0
12 at NE 1 13 0 11 4 97 0 0
12 at NE PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 5 * * *
12 at NE PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 6 * * *
12 at NE PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 5 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 10 vs MIA (13 / 11 / 109 / 0 rec)

With Calvin Johnson back in the lineup, Tate was back to his secondary role in the Detroit passing game against the Dolphins. Tate still saw 13 targets and was efficiency with his catch-and-run ability. A majority of Tate's targets came within five yards of the line of scrimmage, including a handful of smoke screens. Tate showed his running back-like ability as he juked a defender and turned no gain into an eight-yard reception on one occasion. Over the final 20 minutes, Tate caught fire with two long gains over the middle of the field, plus four receptions on the final drive alone. With one minute remaining, Tate broke a tackle to convert third-and-long as Detroit ultimately won the game. Tate was heavily-involved in the Detroit passing game even with Calvin Johnson back in the lineup and seeing 15 targets of his own.

2014 Week 11 vs ARI (2 / 2 / 41 / 0 rec, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)

Tate had one of the highlight plays for the Detroit offense in the loss at Arizona this week. Unfortunately, he had few other opportunities. On third-and-long, Tate used a double move to get down the field and convert. It was a rare instance of quality route-running and Matthew Stafford accuracy in the game. After four targets in the first half, Tate's involvement faded in the second half. On an end-around, Tate made a jump cut and logged a quality eight-yard gain. He saw no targets over the final 30 minutes. The Detroit offense as a while struggled as they were shut out in the second half and Tate, who had been instrumental in previous games in Detroit victories, did not see any targets.

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Latest News

Lions | Golden Tate hits 1,000 yards (Sun Nov 23, 06:44 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate had four receptions for 97 yards in Week 12 against the New England Patriots. He went over 1,000 yards receiving for the first time in his career.

Our View: Tate has been one of the best signings of the 2014 free agent market. He'll play the Bears next on Thanksgiving.
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Lions | Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate probable (Fri Nov 21, 05:12 PM) - Detroit Lions WRs Calvin Johnson (ankle, elbow) and Golden Tate (hip) are both listed as probable for Week 12 against the New England Patriots. Johnson and Tate were both limited in practice Friday, Nov. 21, and Tate was a surprise addition to the injury report.

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Lions | Golden Tate slated for Revis Island (Wed Nov 19, 10:37 AM) - Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate is expected to be covered by New England Patriots CB Darrelle Revis, while CB Brandon Browner figures to cover WR Calvin Johnson in Week 12.

Our View: We're not overly excited about Tate this week against New England. Consider him more of a flex-level play...maybe even 'what the heck' flex level in this matchup against Revis.
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Lions | Golden Tate not targeted much (Mon Nov 17, 01:54 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate was only targeted two times during the team's Week 11 game, but head coach Jim Caldwell said that was not the plan during the game. 'The plays that we call are maybe the same plays where he would have gotten the ball previously. You look at the progressions. There may be a guy in front of him and (the quarterback) may have to go somewhere else. Those are thing that happen more so than we're saying, 'You know what, we're not designing any plays to go to Golden'. That wasn't the case,' Caldwell said.

Our View: The Lions need to work harder to get Tate more involved in the offense. Tate finished the game with two catches for 41 yards.
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Lions | Golden Tate could draw Peterson matchup (Sun Nov 16, 08:59 AM) - Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate could be blanketed by Arizona Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson Sunday, Nov. 16. ESPN analyst Merrill Hoge thinks that Peterson is better suited to cover Tate, while CB Antonio Cromartie covers WR Calvin Johnson.

Our View: Tate's quickness would eat Cromartie up, so this might be the wise angle for the Cardinals. Still, if they can't pressure Matthew Stafford, it might be a long afternoon in Glendale.
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Schedule

12@ New England Patriots
13vs Chicago Bears
14vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
15vs Minnesota Vikings
16@ Chicago Bears
17@ Green Bay Packers