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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.

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Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 17 vs CHI (6 / 4 / 34 / 0 rec)

Golden Tate had a bit of a quiet day. Targeted on shorter routes, he found success in getting yards after the catch, with a prominent 12 yard gain after a nifty spin move to break a tackle and head up field. Tate did not touch the ball in the second half of the game.

2015 Week 16 vs SF (5 / 4 / 59 / 0 rec)

Golden Tate saw a dip in his usage against the 49ers on Sunday, but soared on a 36 yard pass late in the second quarter to set up a field goal. Stafford found his receiver streaking down the field and Tate was able to garner additional yardage on the play. Stafford did attempt to connect with Tate in the end zone later, but the defender interrupted the pass with interference, which set up the Johnson touchdown. Used next on a two point conversion attempt, Tate motioned from the right into the left side of the backfield. Upon the snap of the ball he ran a route into the flat, but was met by several quick-thinking defenders.

2015 Week 15 vs NO (6 / 6 / 45 / 2 rec)

Golden Tate continues to work defenses on short to intermediate routes, and Detroit smartly took advantage of this on two goal line plays to the receiver. Early in the first quarter, on Detroit's second offensive series, Tate ran a quick out along the goal line where Stafford found him on the pass and the receiver turned and scored. Later in the second quarter, Tate ran a quick slant to the inside, got a step on his defender, and made another easy touchdown for Detroit. Tate also saw another end around run in the game that he gained 7 yards on. His second half was very quiet as he saw only one catch, but it was a crucial third down conversion that kept the offense in control and on the field.

2015 Week 14 vs STL (10 / 9 / 60 / 2 rec, 1 / 15 / 0 rush)

Second in targets, but the most productive receiver for the day, Tate was used on short-to-intermediate passing routes and continued to deliver after the catch. A 17 yard out route that Tate caught and cut back inside of the defender for another 20 yards was negated by penalty, but Tate did find the end zone twice on slant routes for 9 and 2 yard touchdowns.

2015 Week 13 vs GB (10 / 8 / 63 / 0 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)

Golden Tate delivered a blue-collar effort on Thursday night, grinding and chopping away at what would ultimately be a productive day for the receiver without any highlight moments. While Tate makes his money on short catches with yardage after the catch, he was targeted on one deep pass 25 yards down the field. Unfortunately the pass sailed over his head, which seemed to be a theme of the day for deep balls. In the fourth quarter, with Detroit in Green Bay territory and facing 4th down with 2 yards to go, Detroit opted to steer clear of the deep field goal attempt and instead go for the first down. On a trips right formation, Tate shot inside for a quick slant gain of 4 yards and a first down.

2015 Week 12 vs PHI (8 / 7 / 50 / 1 rec)

Aside from one deeper crossing route for 19 yards, Golden Tate was again utilized primarily at or near the line of scrimmage. While Tate didn't have his standard huge run after catch play that we are accustomed to seeing once a week, he continued to deliver and used a nice move on the goal line to score in the first half. Motioning into the backfield and setting up in the full back position, Tate ran a route to the right and caught the ball at the line of scrimmage. He quickly bounced inside with a defender closing in and stepped in for a 2 yard touchdown.

2015 Week 11 vs OAK (11 / 8 / 73 / 0 rec, 1 / -2 / 0 rush)

Golden Tate continues to earn his keep on short routes near the line of scrimmage. Targeted heavily throughout the game, much of Tate's success came on single digit yardage receptions, with the exception of a beautiful wide receiver screen where he turned it up field for a 21 yard gain. A touchdown pass in the first quarter that was intended for Tate was broken up by a defender at the goal line, as Tate was well covered on the play.

2015 Week 10 vs GB (4 / 4 / 52 / 0 rec, 1 / 11 / 0 rush)

Involved on many of Detroit's trick/mislead plays, Tate only had one substantial play on the day. After a short 3 yard catch in the second quarter, Tate wasn't used again until a fake handoff to Abdullah and run out of the backfield in the opposite direction for a gain of 5 yards in the third quarter. Tate was next used on a play action pass for a 5 yard gain. In the fourth quarter, Tate used his speed on an end around for 10 yards, but truly put his skills on display later with a 43 yard catch and run, the majority of the yardage being after the catch when he caught the ball, shifted direction and worked his way across the field.

2015 Week 8 vs KC (7 / 6 / 59 / 0 rec)

Finding all of his success between the numbers, Golden Tate was targeted equally throughout each quarter and moved the ball on crossers and slant routes. Stafford's best pass of the day was a ěthread the needleî toss in between defenders to find Tate for a 15 yard gain. While Tate has found success with targets and moving the chains, his overall stat line has been less than impressive coming off a 2014 Pro Bowl.

2015 Week 7 vs MIN (6 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)

Like the rest of the passing offense, Tate had a rough day. He dropped one pass on a crossing route, and overall had a hard time getting free from coverage in time for quarterback Matt Stafford to deliver the ball. With Stafford under constant pressure, Tate just didn't have the time to get open.

2015 Week 6 vs CHI (9 / 6 / 40 / 1 rec)

Golden Tate continues to find nearly all of his usage near the line of scrimmage on screens and slants. These suit him well, and he continues to find success down the field after the catch. Tate finished the day with one touchdown on a short crossing route. Tate caught the ball near the goal line and was immediately contacted. He fumbled and Chicago recovered in the end zone for a touchback. He did not appear to have full control of the ball and did not maintain possession until he went to the ground. The play was overturned and questionably ruled a touchdown for Detroit. Later in the third quarter Tate scored again, but a debatable pass interference call on Calvin Johnson negated the play.

2015 Week 5 vs ARI (18 / 8 / 74 / 0 rec, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)

The Arizona pressure played positively into wide receiver Golden Tate's game on Sunday, as he was targeted equally by Stafford and Orlovsky on short, quick passes near the line of scrimmage. Finding success on quick slants, bubble screens, and even an end around out of the backfield, Tate was able to help move the chains. Stafford did target him in the first quarter on a deep 35 yard pass that was unfortunately well covered by Tyrann Mathieu. Late in the third quarter, Tate helped convert a long third down with his longest reception of the day for 17 yards. Not wanting to be left out, Tate did manage a turnover of his own on a quick slant for 6 yards. He was able to catch the ball and take a couple of steps before a defender punched the ball out from behind.

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.

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