WR Golden Tate - New York Giants
|5-10, 199||Born: 8-2-1988||College: Notre Dame||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2010|
2019 Week 5 vs MIN (6 / 3 / 13 / 0 rec)
Golden Tate really wasn't a factor in his debut for the Giants and Jones rarely looked his way. A lot of his targets came in the fourth quarter as the game was well decided. Tate got short passes and forced an illegal contact penalty in the redzone but was invisible for the majority of this game. Tate will need to work on his chemistry with Jones and time will tell if the duo can perform on the field.
2019 Week 6 vs NE (9 / 6 / 102 / 1 rec)
Golden Tate was the leading receiver for the Giants but got most of his production on one play. Tate was able to tip the ball to himself on a well thrown pass from Jones over the shoulder. The defender subsequently fell down in pursuit while Tate was able to outrun the safety for the score. Tate was open again deep but the ball was inaccurate. He worked the short game well with Jones and was key in picking up first downs with slants / curls when needed. Jones was having a rough game however and threw a lot of interceptions. This really limited the value of Tate as a result. He showed good concentration hauling in a ball over the middle in traffic. Tate was fouled down the field late in the game as a clear pass interference call was not made despite a coaches challenge. Tate had limited touches apart from this due to the Giants struggles and learning curve of Daniel Jones.
2019 Week 7 vs ARI (11 / 6 / 80 / 0 rec)
Golden Tate was the leading receiver for the Giants as he showed great chemistry with Jones on Sunday. The pair hooked up over the middle, often in very tight coverage, throughout the game and picked up crucial first downs to extend many of the Giants drives. Tate was a reliable pair of hands in the wet weather and a tough player when fighting for the ball over the middle. He worked with Jones well when he was facing pressure and Jones often looked his way as the first intended target in his progressions. Tate will rarely break a play for a big touchdown or outrun a defense down the sideline but his reliability for first downs cannot be under valued as picked apart zone coverage at times, including plays on 4th down in clutch situations. There were very few redzone opportunities for the Giants due to turnovers and the lack of a touchdown hurt his production. He should be seen as a decent WR3 in ppr leagues but Jones is a bit too unpredictable right now in his career.
2019 Week 8 vs DET (10 / 8 / 85 / 0 rec)
Golden Tate had the most receiving yards and was a frequent target for Jones in this game. He was used in the short - intermediate game, as is his strength, to decent success against his former team. Tate made the first tackle attempt miss on a catch over the middle and escaped for a big first down. He showed good chemistry with Jones, connecting on scramble attempts on the outside. Tate made a nice grab on a back shoulder pass and was wide open on a flea flicker play but this catch was negated due to a hold. Tate's defender was flagged for pass interference late in the game on a clear foul and this helped set up the Giants for a score. Tate routinely made tough catches in traffic over the middle and he excels at this. His concentration and hands are top tier, though he doesn't have the talent anymore to burn defenses deep. Tate still has an important role in this offense and has decent value as a #3 receiver in PPR leagues.
2019 Week 9 vs DAL (6 / 6 / 42 / 0 rec, 1 / 16 / 0 rush)
Saquon Barkley could not get going for the Giants on Monday night. The Cowboys did an excellent job of bottling him up at the line of scrimmage. The Giants couldn't keep the defense off of Barkley for long enough and the ground game was never established. Occasionally Barkley was able to bounce a run outside for a small gain or shake a defender off but these plays were few and far between. On one occasion, Barkley almost broke free into the secondary but ran into his own offensive lineman in error. He did fight hard at the line of scrimmage and converted a few short situations where he was afforded some space. Barkley broke free once against the Cowboys in the second half. He got a short pass and the initial defense was blocked well enough which allowed an explosive run down the sideline as Barkley turned on the jets. The Giants struggled in the redzone however, both on the ground and in the air. Barkley got several touches and carries near the goal line but the Giants could never get a strong enough push to create a gap for him. Credit must be given to the Cowboys on the night as they won the battle up front.
2019 Week 10 vs NYJ (8 / 4 / 95 / 2 rec)
Golden Tate had only four catches on Sunday but he made them count. Tate scored twice but could have had a third. Tate got his hands on a quick screen pass and got excellent blocking initially which allowed him to speed into the endzone down the sideline untouched for a big touchdown. Later in the game Tate was wide open deep down the field in the endzone but Jones overthrew him. Tate did score again over the middle as he lost the defender and turned up-field for his second score. Tate looked very explosive and like he still has the speed to burn defenders in one on one races. Jones trusts Tate as he will throw the ball up and Tate has a nice role in this offense, especially when Engram/Shepard are out. This level of production won't be replicated every week but he's worth a flex pick if you are stuck.
2019 Week 12 vs CHI (7 / 3 / 33 / 1 rec)
Golden Tate didn't have many catches but came up big in the fourth quarter. Jones threw a high ball on 4th and long towards the endzone and placed it just deep enough which allowed Tate to go up to get it as he was the deepest man on the play. Tate dropped one ball over the middle and otherwise had short catches in this game. The Giants passing attack failed to push the ball downfield and the rushing attack was not able to set up the passing. Tate still has the speed to beat defenses deep as we saw in this game and several others. The Giants and Jones know he can score still, they are just inconsistent as a unit to back up the veteran player.
2019 Week 14 vs PHI (5 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Golden Tate managed only catch but was targeted a lot more. His chemistry looked off with Manning as several balls were late or off target. Tate was targeted in the redzone on a play over the middle but a late ball meant it was batted down before Tate could make a play on it. Manning almost hit him in stride out of his own endzone but the pass was just slightly overthrown and out of reach. A broken scramble play from his quarterback resulted in a lofty ball to the sideline but Tate couldn't keep his feet in bounds. The Giants offense can't support two receivers in most weeks and this week it was Slayton's week to put up numbers. Tate is a risky play going forward.
2019 Week 15 vs MIA (4 / 1 / 51 / 1 rec)
Golden Tate managed only one grab on Sunday but he made it count as it went for a touchdown. Tate was targeted on a seam route up the field, he tipped it to himself and secured the ball. The Miami defensive back took a terrible angle to make the tackle and this allowed Tate to escape untouched into the endzone for the score. Manning tried to find Tate deep along the sideline later but the pass was out of bounds. Tate didn't get many more looks from Manning as Shepard was the main man on this day.
2019 Week 16 vs WAS (11 / 6 / 96 / 0 rec)
Golden Tate had an uncharacteristic drop on the sideline early in this game but shook this off to be the Giants leading receiver. Tate is a tough football player and didn't go down easy. He fought hard after the catch and routinely made the extra effort to secure the first down. He then got wide open on a deep post route and secured the pass for a big first down. Tate made a terrific catch along the sideline, timing his break perfectly and doing well to keep his feet in bounds on a broken play. Tate almost hauled in the Hail Mary attempt from Jones as time was expiring late in the game, though he would likely been tackled in the field of play before scoring. He has shown he still has plenty left in the tank throughout his season with the Giants. Tate always shows he has the speed to get downfield and the toughness to fight for catches in traffic over the middle, a really dependable receiver who can be a threat all over the field.
2019 Week 17 vs PHI (8 / 5 / 68 / 1 rec)
Golden Tate had an excellent touchdown grab later in the game, which saved his production from being completely dismal. Tate managed somehow to secure a deep ball in the corner of the endzone with one hand/arm in bounds for the score. Tate took some vicious hits over the middle as Jones left his receiver out to dry but he did well to hold on despite the immediate contact from the Eagles. Tate generally has extremely strong hands, holding onto balls despite taking massive hits and isn't afraid of getting popped over the middle. It's one of his great attributes as a player and it was on full display on Sunday against the Eagles.
2018 Week 1 vs NYJ (15 / 7 / 79 / 1 rec)
Golden Tate scored the Lions lone offensive touchdown on a beautifully designed play. Tate and Marvin Jones lined up in the slot in an empty set. The Lions chose to show heavy personnel on first down, and split Blount and two tight ends wide, allowing Tate an ideal matchup against New York's base defense. The rest of Tate's night was limited to short routes, and totaled an inefficient seven catches on 15 targets, including several off target throws by Stafford.
2018 Week 2 vs SF (13 / 7 / 109 / 0 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
Golden Tate has been surpassed by Kenny Golladay in two receiver sets, but that did not stop him from leading the team in targets. Tate's best usage is always in the slot, and with Detroit running three receiver sets at a high rate, Tate is still an integral part of the offense. Tate had a bad drop and was missed on a couple of targets by Matthew Stafford, but still had a strong day working the short and intermediate areas of the offense.
2018 Week 3 vs NE (8 / 6 / 69 / 0 rec)
Golden Tate led the Lions in targets with 8 and had an efficient night working in the short and intermediate area. Tate did drop a wheel route along the sideline, but was otherwise strong, and showed elusiveness after the catch.
2018 Week 4 vs DAL (8 / 8 / 132 / 2 rec)
Golden Tate had his best day of the season, scoring two long touchdowns. The first was a comeback route from the slot where he broke a tackle from the primary defender for a long run after the catch. The second was an out and up where Tate got lost in coverage. Tate had his usual short and intermediate targets, but the deeper plays were an expansion of his typical role, especially the comeback route from the slot which is difficult to defend.
2018 Week 5 vs GB (7 / 5 / 42 / 0 rec)
Golden Tate had a relatively quiet day early in the game when Matthew Stafford targeted Green Bay's secondary on the deep perimeter. Tate was involved more in the second half as Detroit was trying to grind down the clock, converting multiple third downs. Tate ran hard after the catch and consistently broke tackles that had bad form. Tate had an opportunity on an out and up for a big play but was just overthrown in tight coverage by Matthew Stafford. Unlike prior weeks, Tate was unable to break a long gain or find the end zone, so his fantasy score was low, but he is still an integral part of the offense.
2018 Week 7 vs MIA (6 / 4 / 36 / 0 rec, 1 / 30 / 0 rush)
Golden Tate led the Lions in targets with 6 but had a quiet statistical game. Tate dropped a pass that could have been a touchdown near the goal line and recovered his own fumble on a screen play. Tate notably had a critical catch on a clock killing drive in the fourth quarter.
2018 Week 8 vs SEA (12 / 7 / 50 / 0 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Golden Tate led the Lions in targets with 12 but had a limited statistical game. Tate had multiple uncharacteristic drops and was limited in his gains after the catch on his short area passing yardage. The Seattle defense did a good job of tackling Tate and preventing big gains after the catch. Tate had the opportunity for a bigger game at the goal line. Tate was open early in a play on an out route requiring a throw to the boundary, but Matthew Stafford was late and threw it back to the inside of Tate. That combination made an easy interception for Seattle. Tate was also targeted in the red zone which he caught but was tackled with no additional gain. Tate will face Minnesota next week.
2018 Week 10 vs DAL (4 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)
Tate's Philadelphia debut showed tempered involvement in the Eagles passing game pecking order. Tate had two screen receptions, breaking a tackle on one for a chunk gain. Tate also saw a deep target, which was tipped away by the defender.
2018 Week 11 vs NO (8 / 5 / 48 / 0 rec, 1 / -8 / 0 rush)
Tate led the Eagles in targets and receiving production in the road loss to the Saints. Tate was held in check, however, and limited in his after-the-catch opportunities. With the Eagles' offensive line concerns, Tate's short-range acumen blends well with protecting Carson Wentz from deeper drops and more hits.
2018 Week 12 vs NYG (8 / 4 / 30 / 0 rec)
Tate saw 29% of the Eagles targets, but did little with them against the Giants. Tate was stuffed on two short receptions, including a third-down slot screen, a bread-and-butter opportunity for Tate during his career. Tate added a drop to his struggles but his highlight play was a great catch over the middle on the receiving end of a laser Carson Wentz pass into coverage. Tate has seen a promising 16 targets over the past two games, but the big plays have eluded him since joining Philadelphia.
2018 Week 13 vs WAS (7 / 7 / 85 / 1 rec)
Tate had his best game since joining the Eagles, blending chain-moving receptions with downfield forays against Washington. Tate corralled a goal line touchdown as Carson Wentz extended a third down with his mobility. Tate was at his after-the-catch best on a quick out reception, turning up field with a broken tackle for more than 30 yards. Tate broke his touchdown drought, dating back to Week 4, spanning more than 30 receptions. Tate has been a fixture of the Eagles passing game since his arrival, supplanting Alshon Jeffery as the preferred wide receiver target to compliment Zach Ertz.
2018 Week 14 vs DAL (3 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Tate mired to his worst game since the trade to the Eagles this week against Dallas. Tate was blanketed by tight coverage and the lone opportunity he had with separation was an overthrow by Carson Wentz down the seam. Tate was notably frustrated and did not log a catch until the fourth quarter, a short slant route. With a host of passing game weapons, Tate was left out this week.
2018 Week 15 vs LAR (5 / 5 / 43 / 0 rec)
Tate rebounded from an invisible Week 14 performance for a solid game in Week 15 against the Rams. Tate nearly scored on a red zone screen as his best touchdown opportunity and was generally held in check otherwise for after-the-catch yardage. Twice Tate was stopped short of the sticks on third down receptions. Nick Foles clearly favored deeper throws towards Alshon Jeffery this week, a tempering sign for Tate to close season as an ancillary option in the Eagles passing game.
2018 Week 16 vs HOU (3 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Tate's production continued to go silent in Week 16 despite the Eagles' huge passing performance against Houston. Tate dropped a pass on third down and was short of the sticks on another third down opportunity. A quick out route completed Tate's passing game involvement as he has a dismal 8-63-0 stat line over the past three games.
2018 Week 17 vs WAS (6 / 4 / 33 / 0 rec)
Tate's recent slump continued in the Week 17 win over Washington. Tate averaged less than 10 yards-per-reception for the fourth straight game as an ancillary and short-range target. Tate did high-point an out route target as his best play of the game, but was held in check on short routes yet again this week. Tate has scored a single touchdown since Week 4 and had not eclipsed 50 yards in a game over the past month.
2018 Week 18 vs CHI (8 / 5 / 46 / 1 rec)
Tate was at his best in critical situations against Chicago. Tate produced three impact plays among his five receptions, including two third-down conversions downfield and the ultimate game-winning touchdown. On fourth-and-goal, Tate corralled a perfect rollout throw to the pylon by Nick Foles to take the lead with a minute to play. Tate, the midseason trade acquisition, came up big for the Eagles when they needed him the most for the wildcard round victory.
2018 Week 19 vs NO (5 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
Tate, the Eagles' splash trade acquisition midseason, came up small in the rod playoff loss in New Orleans. Tate had a deep out reception, but physical play by the Saints defenders in the second half, turned Tate's impact into invisible status. As quickly as Tate arrived in Philadelphia, he is a slated free agent in the offseason, looking for a strong slot-centric role like he had in Detroit.
2017 Week 1 vs ARI (12 / 10 / 107 / 0 rec, 2 / 7 / 0 rush)
Golden Tate led the team with 12 targets and dominated the short and intermediate area of the field. He was used frequently in screens and crossing routes, and added two running plays. One run on an end around was a 15-yard gain but was called back on a illegal block in the back. Tate was the focal point of the offense, and did not see coverage from Patrick Peterson, who instead shadowed Marvin Jones, Jr. Tate did appear to experience pain in his left hand at multiple points during the game. He removed his glove after leaving the field, but there were no immediate visible signs of an injury. He returned to the game but again left the field after a catch because of pain in the same hand. Tate returned to the game again and finished without limitation, but was spotted with a split on his left ring finger after the game.
2017 Week 2 vs NYG (4 / 4 / 25 / 0 rec)
Golden Tate secured all four of his targets for 25 yards. Tate contributed two third down conversions with runs after short catches. He also caught a key screen pass to set up a 58-yard field goal. Tate caught the quick screen from the slot on third and 12 from New York's 48-yard line and set up his blockers for a 10-yard run after the catch. While Tate did not convert the first down, the play was crucial to get into Matt Prater's field goal range.
2017 Week 3 vs ATL (11 / 7 / 58 / 1 rec)
Golden Tate lead the team in targets with 11, which he converted for 7 catches and 58 yards. Stafford continued to target Tate in the short passing game, acting as an extension of the running game. Tate had a long catch of 18 yards on a perfectly placed ball by Matthew Stafford along the right sideline. His touchdown was a crossing route underneath zone coverage which he caught then beat the Atlanta linebacker into the end zone. Tate could have had another score on the final play of the game. On third and one from the Atlanta one-yard line, he ran a slant on a rub concept which he caught falling toward the end zone. The catch was initially called a touchdown but after review, the officials ruled he was down by contact just short of the goal line, and a ten second runoff ended the game.
2017 Week 4 vs MIN (5 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Golden Tate was limited to three catches on five targets for 29 yards. Tate was limited in a game where the Minnesota defense held Detroit largely in check. Tate showed his ability to make the first man miss on his limited work. One of his targets was a poorly thrown ball by Matthew Stafford that should have been intercepted. Tate also had one carry for 2 yards.
2017 Week 5 vs CAR (8 / 5 / 48 / 0 rec)
Golden Tate tied Marvin Jones with a team high eight targets and caught five passes for 48 yards. Tate's passing game involvement followed his season long trend of quick passes in the wide receiver screen game and underneath passes than allow Tate to work after the catch. Tate had the opportunity for a big plau on a corner route, but the ball was overthrown by Stafford and was unable to secure the ball off his fingertips.
2017 Week 6 vs NO (7 / 7 / 96 / 1 rec)
Golden Tate's usage continued on his season long trend of working the short and intermediate areas of the field. He was frequently targeted in the screen game as the Lions looked to set up his run after the catch ability. Tate's run after the catch prowess was on full display on his 45-yard touchdown catch. Tate ran a comeback route along the right sideline and made CB Ken Crowley miss. Tate ran after the catch breaking two downfield tackle attempts before flipping into the end zone. Tate lead the team with 7 catches, and tied for a team high 96 yards receiving. He did leave the game late in the 4th quarter with a shoulder injury.
2017 Week 8 vs PIT (8 / 7 / 86 / 0 rec)
Golden Tate was primarily used in the short and screen game and did not appear to be limited by his shoulder injury that left him questionable entering the game. His lone long play was a 34 yard catch that he fumbled while tucking the ball away, and Pittsburgh recovered the fumble. The Lions game plan typically calls for more screens to Tate, but the game plan against Pittsburgh focused on targeting the deep and perimeter areas of the field, where Marvin Jones and T.J. Jones are better options.
2017 Week 9 vs GB (9 / 7 / 113 / 0 rec)
Golden Tate saw expanded usage beyond his normal screen and short route work. Tate ran a nice out route against single coverage from the slot that he caught along the sideline and added a terrific catch along the sideline on a back shoulder type play where he had excellent footwork to establish both feet inbounds on the catch. Tate was solid in his traditional run after the catch screen plays that Detroit uses to sustain their offenses.
2017 Week 10 vs CLE (7 / 6 / 97 / 1 rec)
Golden Tate led Detroit in receiving for the third consecutive week. Tate's work in the early part of the season was nearly exclusively in the screen and short area, but Tate for the second consecutive week, had a catch on an intermediate in breaking route that he turned into a run after the catch opportunity. This week's catch was a 35-yard completion on a dig route where he made multiple defenders miss after the catch. Tate's touchdown occurred on a fortunate play call. Detroit called a screen to Tate where Cleveland was bringing a near all-out blitz. Stafford executed the throw to Tate quickly and precisely and Tate was able to set up blocking for a 40-yard touchdown.
2017 Week 11 vs CHI (4 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)
After a quiet start to the game that saw him eschewed in favour of zone runs and targets to Marvin Jones, Golden Tate quickly made his presence felt. Tate made an impressive juggling catch on a zipped ball over the middle before making a linebacker look silly in man coverage in the two-minute drill. In the second half, he showed good burst and patience on a quick screen ˝ only for it to be called back by penalty. Tate worked back to his quarterback on a quick inside-breaking route against pressure, giving Stafford a nice target.
2017 Week 12 vs MIN (8 / 4 / 7 / 0 rec, 2 / 13 / 0 rush)
Golden Tate was held in check by Minnesota's defense for a season low seven yards receiving. Tate was not able to generate much room to run, and when he did make defenders miss it was on a screen behind the line of scrimmage. Tate was involved on consecutive rushing attempts during the game, including 10-yard end around carry for a first down. Tate had multiple targets in the intermediate area of the field where Stafford was off the mark with his throws.
2017 Week 13 vs BAL (10 / 8 / 69 / 0 rec)
Golden Tate struggled to get going early in the game with a drop on the first drive that resulted in a punt. Tate then had several short catches with little after the catch. Baltimore's defense swarmed Tate in the screen game, and he found little room to create after the catch. Tate's biggest success was on an intermediate route where he had a catch and run for 24 yards that set up a Detroit touchdown. Despite leading the Lions with 10 targets, Tate was largely held in check by Baltimore who performed very well tackling Tate.
2017 Week 14 vs TB (9 / 8 / 85 / 1 rec)
Golden Tate showed off his prowess running after the catch, with solid gains of 17 and 24 yards. He also had a 24-yard catch called back on a holding call. Tate scored a red zone touchdown with a 5-yard catch, where he ran a curl underneath the Tampa Bay coverage. Tate also had a crucial 14-yard catch that set Detroit up for a game winning field goal. Tate's 10.6 yards per catch does not do his ability after the catch justice. His depth of target is consistently low, but he is dangerous after the catch.
2017 Week 15 vs CHI (5 / 3 / 33 / 0 rec)
Tate was nearly invisible in the first half of the game with his first notable involvement coming on a screen on first possession of the second half. Tate got became involved in the passing game in the second half, with another catch on the first drive of the half, and later drew a defensive pass interference. Tate's best play of the day was a screen where he put Kendall Fuller on the ground with his juke move for a 19-yard gain.
2017 Week 16 vs CIN (6 / 3 / 14 / 0 rec)
Golden Tate struggled against Cincinnati. He had a good run after the catch on an early screen, but the rest of the day was limited. Stafford missed Tate on a crossing route and later threw a deep prayer to Tate in contested coverage. Tate jumped to catch the pass and took it to the ground and appeared to be down by contact, but the ball was then knocked out of his hands. The play was ruled incomplete and appeared to be a missed opportunity for Detroit to challenge the call.
2017 Week 17 vs GB (7 / 7 / 104 / 1 rec)
Golden Tate led the Lions with seven catches for 104 yards. Tate was his usual fixture in the short passing game, but was able to spring a long 71-yard touchdown on a double move. Tate set up a crossing route before breaking back to the sideline on a corner route. The route combination cleared the side of the field, and left Tate a runway down the sideline. Tate used his physicality as a runner to finish the play off with a stiff arm and a touchdown. Tate was otherwise used in the short passing game and a creative screen which set up a red zone opportunity. He also threw a two-point conversion to Matthew Stafford on a trick play on a reverse pass.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 14 vs CHI (11 / 6 / 58 / 0 rec, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Tate had a solid day, but with a break here or there it could have been another nice game for Tate on Sunday. He wasn't deployed at the line of scrimmage in the screen game as much this week as the Lions allowed him to run routes down the field. Tate worked in the intermediate slant and crossing route game in concert with other receivers clearing the field for him. Ha had catches of 11, 13 and 14 yards early in the game. He is dangerous in space and can make the first defender miss to generate yards after the catch. Tate is a smart football player and showed this late in the first half as he caught a slant route in the middle of the field. He spun away from the defense and ran out of bounds for a nice gain preserving a timeout instead of burning one by getting tackled in the middle of the field. The Lions did hit Tate with a bubble-screen that went for nine yards on the right side of the formation. The Lions like to get the ball to Tate in the running game and he did take one carry that went for a one-yard loss because rookie outside linebacker Leonard Floyd stayed home and made an outstanding read to take Tate down for the loss. Tate had a drop on a pass on a slant route that he double caught which allowed the defender to get his hands into Tate's to break up the play. The Lions targeted Tate in the end zone and almost converted the play but the ball was underthrown by the tiniest amount and Bears defensive back Bryce Callahan barely tipped the ball which then ricocheted off of Tate's facemask and bounced into the air. Bears cornerback Demontre Hurst came down with the ball in the end zone as the Lions turned over the ball. Overall, it was a good day for Tate and he was open other times that would have been big plays but Stafford didn't see him or pressure prevented him from throwing the ball to Tate.
2016 Week 15 vs NYG (13 / 8 / 122 / 0 rec)
Tate continues to be the main target for quarterback Matt Stafford and over the past few weeks the Lions are allowing Tate to run to the deeper parts of the field to challenge defenses vertically. It seems that defenders are looking to squat on his routes and he's beating defenders with the double moves or is just running past them. The Lions are still deploying him in the screen game and with slants and crossers in the middle of the field, and Stafford is definitely looking his way. He was targeted 13 times in this game and caught eight passed that went for 122 yards. Stafford saw that Tate had beaten rookie cornerback Eli Apple with a double move deep in Giants territory and threw the ball to an open Tate, but Apple showed very good recovery speed and got a fingertip on the ball and broke up what would have been a long touchdown. Tate's next target went for 67 yards as he ran past Giants defender Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie into wide open space down the right sideline. He was tackled from behind and the Lions fumbled on the next play. Stafford took a few more intermediate shots to Tate but Tate slipped coming out of his break on one of them and the two hooked up on an almost perfect pitch and catch deep down the left sideline but Tate's second foot came down on the sideline. The Lions went shorter as the weather got worse and Tate saw a shovel pass that went for seven yards and was tackled for a five yard loss by Rodgers-Cromartie on a crossing route. The Lions were forced to get very aggressive late in the game and Tate caught consecutive passes of 12 and 24 yards. He was targeted in the red zone late in the game but Stafford was under heavy pressure while on the move and the ball was overthrown. Tate was all over the field in this game and played a huge role in the offense even though the Lions only scored two field goals.
2016 Week 16 vs DAL (6 / 6 / 58 / 0 rec)
Tate was not targeted as heavily in this game as he has been recently, but he was efficient as he converted six targets into six catches that went for 58 yards. Tate was targeted early in the game in the red zone as he ran a crosser with tight end Ebron clearing out space for him. He gained eight yards on a first-and-goal from the 15-yard line. Tate was utilized on slant routes into the middle of the field as he caught slant passes of 14, 16 and seven yards. He was targeted in the red zone late in the game on a fourth down and caught a six-yard pass when the Lions needed three yards to move the chains. Tate was only targeted once in the screen game and that came late on a bubble screen that went for six yards.
2016 Week 17 vs GB (10 / 6 / 77 / 1 rec, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
Tate was heavily involved I the game plane versus the Packers as he was targeted 10 times in the game. He was targeted in the short passing game and down the field as the Packers secondary is vulnerable to the pass. Stafford's first two throw to Tate fell incomplete, but the second was might have been a game changing type of play. Tate streaked past the Packers defensive back and ran wide open down the left sideline and Stafford threw the ball on a rope to him. Stafford led him a touch too far, but Tate didn't pick up the ball early enough and might have been expecting a little more arc on the throw. He ended up putting up one hand and batting the ball to the ground, and a potential long score fell to the ground incomplete. Tate caught a 17-yard slant and a 17-yard out, and then took a tunnel screen for 10 yards. Tate caught a three-yard touchdown on a well-designed play with Boldin running a pick and Tate working underneath the pick to run into an opening for an easy score. Tate caught another tunnel screen that went for five yards and then worked a combination route with Boldin clearing the middle of the field for him. Tate waited for Boldin to clear and ran a crosser and caught an easy throw and took it for 24 yards. He was targeted late in the game in the red zone and it looked like Stafford was throwing a back shoulder to Tate at the pylon, but Packers defender Mycah Hyde was all over Tate and came up with the interception in the end zone.
2016 Week 18 vs SEA (5 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Tate was taken out of the game for the most part on Saturday, and it wasn't entirely on the Seahawks defense as Stafford just didn't look his way all that often. He also had a bad drop on the first drive of the game, leaving a sure-fire first down on the field and forcing a punt which is a bad way to start the game. Stafford hit Tate on a play where Tate lined up as a running back and he caught the pass as he flared out of the backfield and took it for seven yards. The Lions continue to give the ball to Tate on reverses and he took one and went nowhere with it in the first half. The Lions motioned Tate into a trips set and executed a rub route, running Tate underneath all that traffic and he took an easy pitch and catch for five yards and a first down. Tate lined up wide on the left side of the field and took a slant for 12 yards, and he had to make a really nice leaping grab to make the play. Tate was targeted on another slant route coming from an outside alignment, and Stafford's throw was a touch high and Tate couldn't come up with the catch. He was targeted five times and came up with three catches going for 25 yards.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 ýthread the needleţ 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 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 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 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 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 14 vs LA (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 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 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 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.
2014 Week 1 vs NYG (6 / 6 / 93 / 0 rec, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
It was a slow start for Tate against the Giants despite the offensive fireworks in the first quarter. Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush were the preferred targets early. Tate found room to operate in the second half with a long reception down the sidelines to convert third and long. On the second half catch, Tate got behind the zone-playing cornerback and did not get picked up by the safety. Tate made the catch as he backpedaled down the field and turned to face Matthew Stafford. The 40+ yard gain fueled his stat line. Tate's overall usage was similar to his role in the preseason: the goal was to get Tate the ball early and allow him to make return game-like moves after the catch.
2014 Week 2 vs CAR (8 / 5 / 57 / 0 rec)
Tate was the offensive centerpiece on Detroit's opening drive with three receptions. Tate fumbled on one of them, a sliding reception, but the Lions recovered. On another, Tate used a spin move to gain additional yardage on a wide receiver screen. Tate's function in the offense centers around his returner-like ability after the catch and the play-calling this week matched his skills once again.
2014 Week 3 vs GB (7 / 5 / 51 / 0 rec)
Tate was efficient with his targets in a complementary role against rival Green Bay. He found openings in zone coverage early in the game before his biggest contribution came in the fourth quarter. Tate converted a third-and-long wide receiver screen in the mid-fourth quarter, gaining yards after contact to keep the clock rolling as Detroit milked a late lead.
2014 Week 4 vs NYJ (10 / 8 / 116 / 0 rec)
With Calvin Johnson limited and the run game non-existent for all but the final minutes of the game, it was the Golden Tate show for the Detroit offense against the Jets. Tate routinely beat single coverage with sharp-breaking short routes. Making plays after the catch is Tate's staple and his highlight play, in addition to breaking wide open on third downs throughout the game, was a smoke route late in the game. After squaring up to the defensive back near the line of scrimmage, Tate ran over the defender running back-style and nearly scored on the red zone reception. The Lions ultimately scored a touchdown on the drive to go up for 14 points in the fourth quarter. Without Joseph Fauria in the lineup, the shell of Calvin Johnson, and a sputtering run game, Golden Tate was a key factor to the Lions road victory against the Jets this week.
2014 Week 5 vs BUF (9 / 7 / 134 / 1 rec)
Like last week, Golden Tate took full advantage of a hobbled Calvin Johnson. Tate stepped up as the feature receiver against the Bills with second straight strong game. Buffalo defensive backs struggled to contain Tate after the catch. Tate was smooth on his deep out routes and juked initial defenders regularly for yards-after-the-catch. With one minute to play, Tate made his biggest impact as he broke a slant route into a long catch-and-run into field goal range. Detroit ultimately missed the game-winning attempt, but Tate's second straight big game plus Calvin Johnson's aggravation of his ankle injury positions Tate to be a featured target in the coming weeks.
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.
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.
2014 Week 12 vs NE (11 / 4 / 97 / 0 rec, 1 / 13 / 0 rush)
Tate was the lone reason the Lions were in the game for as long as they were in the blowout loss in New England. Tate zoomed 24 yards on a wide receiver screen to open the game and added a slot fade route against Darrelle Revis and a 42-yard crossing route breakaway in the first half alone. In the first 20 minutes of the game, Tate had 96 total yards and was the only bright spot for an otherwise-stymied Detroit offense. The second half was another story as the Lions, including Tate, curled into their shell. The coverage on Tate tightened up and Tate even ran into his teammate on an out route. Tate was the highlight of the Lions offense, but had minimal impact as the game drifted away in the second half.
2014 Week 13 vs CHI (10 / 8 / 89 / 0 rec)
Calvin Johnson stole the show in the impressive Detroit victory against the Bears, but Golden Tate had a quality showing in his own right. Tate did not see a target until the mid-second quarter; he worked from the backfield and Chicago had no answer matchup-wise as Tate gained more than 20 yards. Tate was at his best in close confines as he converted a contested hitch route on third down, a deep out route, and shook two defenders on a smoke screen - all in the second half. Even with Calvin Johnson seeing north of 35% of the team targets, Tate still saw 22% as the rest of the pass-game options are lackluster by comparison.
2014 Week 14 vs TB (5 / 4 / 50 / 0 rec)
Tate was his usual efficient self as the secondary receiving option against Tampa Bay. Calvin Johnson was dominant and Tate feasted upon single coverage on his limited touches. Tate broke tackle attempts with regularity and multiple receiver screen opportunities have been a weekly routine. In the first half Tate broke three tackles on two screen receptions for 25 yards in addition to a slant route. In the second half, Tate's game was off. In addition to a rare false start penalty that turned third-and-short into a missed conversion and a punt, Tate uncharacteristically dropped a crossing route that would have been at least a 10-yard gain. Add to those miscues Matthew Stafford missing an open Tate at the goal line, instead throwing into traffic on the opposite side of the field, and Tate's tepid stat line could have approached 100 yards and a touchdown this week.
2014 Week 15 vs MIN (7 / 7 / 38 / 1 rec, 2 / 5 / 0 rush)
Tate was active in the first half against the Vikings, but well-defensed compared to his typical short-area dominance after the catch. Tate saw early opportunities with screen targets; however, Minnesota was all of him. Multiple defenders pinned in Tate, including on a reverse carry. Tate continued to see the ball, which paid off. Tate broke an arm tackle on a red zone out route en route to the end zone. He converted a third down reception in the second quarter as well. The Lions offense struggled as a whole, but Tate led the Lions in targets and now has at least five receptions in 11-of-14 games this season.
2014 Week 16 vs CHI (10 / 5 / 62 / 0 rec)
In addition to his regular complement of glorified carries on receiver screens against Chicago, Tate made three clutch plays downfield. Matthew Stafford hung in the pocket and took a big hit as he hit a well-covered Tate for 30+ yards into field goal range on a first half third down play. It was the first highlight moment for the Detroit offense of the game. In the second half, Tate converted a third down slant route where he initially bobbled the ball up into the air, but hauled it in as he was tackled and went to the ground. Later, Tate converted a fourth down slant route into field goal range. The strong game was not without its flaws for Tate, however, as twice he failed to get his head turned back to the quarterback to corral Stafford's passes, including one creative play design where Tate ran a wheel route from the backfield. The creative use of Tate has meshed with his punt returner-like ability after the catch as Tate finishes up a career year.
2014 Week 17 vs GB (5 / 3 / 45 / 0 rec)
Tate did well on his opportunities, but ranked curiously fourth on the team in targets against Green Bay. One of those targets was an airmailed pass by Matthew Stafford on a smoke screen, a bread-and-butter opportunity for Golden Tate throughout the season. Tate did convert a third down in the second half on a deep out route and spun around from the defense for close to 20 yards following a slant route reception. Tate's five targets were his second-lowest of the season and will need to bump closer to double-digits for Detroit to get a playoff win in Dallas next week.
2014 Week 18 vs DAL (9 / 6 / 89 / 1 rec)
Tate was a key contributor to Detroit's first half lead in Dallas. Tate exploited single coverage with an out-and-up route, which turned into a 51-yard touchdown after the catch. Another clutch reception in the first half came on a third down slant, converting for 17 yards. Unlike most games this season, the screen game of Golden Tate was not successful this week. A missed opportunity came on a deep jump ball, which was tipped away by a well-positioned defensive back. Tate collected two in-cut receptions on Detroit's final drive of the game, Detroit's final possession of the season.
2013 Week 1 vs CAR (7 / 4 / 51 / 0 rec)
Tate didn't have a big day by the numbers. But he showed flashes of what to expect in the coming weeks. He looked absolutely electric a couple of times when he had the ball, making the most of catch-and-run's, and fighting for extra yardage.
2013 Week 2 vs SF (2 / 1 / 19 / 0 rec)
Tate was only targeted twice this game, which became a Seattle ground game showcase. In addition to his catch, Tate also was the Seahawks sole kick returner.
2013 Week 3 vs JAX (8 / 5 / 88 / 0 rec, 2 / 29 / 0 rush)
Tate is really coming into his own. With Percy Harvin out, Tate is beginning to fill the role everyone envisioned for Harvin. QB Russell Wilson found him all over the field, and he was especially dangerous on the quick WR screen plays, in which he moved like lightning for long first down yardage. He was also targeted downfield more than once and had perfect throws to deal with, but too often couldn't overcome the tight coverage and make the hard catch. Tate was mixed into the running game as well, gaining 9 yards on a reverse play. Tate finally did catch a long ball in coverage, and looked good doing so, but that remains the only obstacle between him being a good or a GREAT receiver. If he can start to beat the man coverage and pull in the ball despite the attention, look out. Until then, he'll have his ups and downs, because there are so many other options on this team.
2013 Week 4 vs HOU (5 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec)
Tate always looks dangerous, but the Texans shut down the passing game, plain and simple. Each time they got the ball to Tate, he had no room to flash his after the catch skill, which is what makes him dangerous in the first place. Late in the game, he did have a chance at a touchdown reception but was overthrown.
2013 Week 5 vs IND (11 / 5 / 61 / 1 rec)
Tate was targeted early on, and twice in the first scoring drive - including the touchdown. Tate is showing greater ease when catching the ball, and his rapport with Wilson has definitely grown since the first few weeks of play. Tate could have hit the century mark if not for a couple of close calls - one sideline catch ruled incomplete, and an spectacular, leaping catch that was called back on a penalty. Near the end of the half, he was open, streaking toward the end zone, but was overthrown. Tate has the best big-game potential of anyone, and is clearly still growing into his game. The potential is there, and his game appears to be a matter of inches away from exploding in a big way.
2013 Week 6 vs TEN (7 / 5 / 33 / 0 rec)
Tate looks better every week, yet his numbers continue to underwhelm. The main problem is that the Seahawks spread the ball out so much - you could say they are a team of specialists. Tate's job, most often, is to take the short, quick pass downfield. In this game, he showed flashes of brilliance and versatility. On one play, he turned a short catch into a 12-yard first down, evading one tackler and driving right through another. One of these days, everything will break right for Tate and he'll have a monster day, but for now, he is just one of many weapons that the Seahawks have at their disposal.
2013 Week 7 vs ARI (7 / 4 / 77 / 0 rec)
Tate had a date with shutdown cornerback Patrick Peterson, and came out slightly ahead in the end. His first catch was on a quick out, for a short first down (plus a bit), but he couldn't get more since he was all tied up by Peterson. Tate was then thrown to in the end zone, but again was blanketed by Peterson and unable to make a play. Next? Another end zone shot; same deal, too much Peterson, and it was looking like it may be a long day indeed. But Wilson kept looking his way, and finally, Tate beat Peterson on a simple slant, gained separation, did a big spin move to double back the other way, and ended up with a big 25 yard gain. Tate made an excellent catch on a longer throw late in the game; then lost a reception to a challenge (his 2nd foot went out of bounds). In the end, call the WR-CB matchup a draw, but a very positive step for Tate: even when he was tightly covered by Peterson, he still was able to make some catches. Which for him marks progress. Early in the season, those are the same passes he would barely make a play for, never mind fight for them like he did today. As a footnote, Tate had a punt return TD called back on penalty.
2013 Week 8 vs STL (7 / 5 / 93 / 2 rec)
Tate finally had his breakout game, in a tight match in which all Seahawks receivers were tightly covered all day. He made a couple of short catches early on, deep in Seahawks territory, but Tate was smothered before he could get loose for more yardage. Tate nabbed a quick 2-yard pass at the goal line for the score. He was hauled down immediately and did a good job breaking the plane of the goal line with the football, without risking a fumble. Tate made a beautiful leaping catch for a deep ball that he then took for the score. He had one defender chasing him, and taunted him all the way (and got a penalty for it!). He is clearly Russell Wilson's top passing target now.
2013 Week 9 vs TB (3 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)
Tate, along with the entire Seahawks passing game, was effectively non-existent in the first half. Tate, however, had the task of going up against shutdown corner Darelle Revis for most of the game. Wilson just missed getting him the ball downfield, and then hooked up on a couple of quick hitches, but Tate wasn't able to gain more than a couple of yards each time. Tate finally showcased his catch-and-run skills in the third quarter as Wilson found him on a crossing route and he took off for a 19 yard gain. For good measure, he added a 71-yard punt return, which set up a field goal, but overall was unable to do any real damage. His last contribution was small but impressive: with Russell Wilson under heavy pressure, he turned a very short desperation pass into a near first down.
2013 Week 10 vs ATL (7 / 6 / 106 / 1 rec)
Tate continued to look the part of a number one receiver, catching the ball all over the field. On his first catch, he perfectly found a spot between two defenders for a big 31 yard pickup. He was then targeted on a 25 yard end zone throw and worked hard to catch the jump ball, but wasn't able to come down in bounds. The highlight reel of the game though, was whenTate showed incredible concentration and poise one-handing a perfectly thrown ball at the back corner of the end zone, staying in bounds without breaking stride. Tate may be the only receiver to upgrade upon Percy Harvin's return, as he'll likely get less attention from the defense, which could offset any targets he loses.
2013 Week 11 vs MIN (4 / 1 / 26 / 0 rec)
Tate didn't see a target until the second quarter. When he finally did, it was on a long sideline pattern, but the ball was slightly underthrown. It wasn't until late in the third that he found the stat sheet, as he found a big opening in the zone coverage and took a big hit on a 28 yard pickup. He had one other opportunity, a quick slant, coulda-shoulda chance at the goal line, that bounced off his hands. Time will tell if Harvin's return will hurt or help his numbers.
2013 Week 13 vs NO (5 / 4 / 45 / 0 rec)
Tate was not used often in this game, though he looked great when he had the ball. Early on, he made a very nice fingertips grab on a hard throw. He did the most damage on a screen play and swing pass that he was able to turn into first downs.
2013 Week 14 vs SF (8 / 6 / 65 / 0 rec)
Tate caught a couple of shorter passes early on, and it seemed like the 49ers defense was content to play him with a bit of a cushion, giving him the short catch but taking away his playmaking ability as well as anything deep. He made a great leaping catch on the sideline for a would-be first down, but it was called back on a penalty. Tate did get loose eventually though, and showed how dangerous he can be on a short turn-around catch that he then juked his way another 20 yards downfield. With his QB often under pressure, Tate did a good job of getting open while Russell Wilson scrambled. Tate also had a 39 yard punt return late in the game; another area in which he is always a threat.
2013 Week 15 vs NYG (6 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)
It was a game of near misses for Tate, who was targeted repeatedly downfield. His first chance was a high throw that went off his fingertips, and that seemed to set the tone for him. Finally, on the third close call, he was at least open. It wasn't until inside the 2 minute mark of the half that he made his first catch, which to his credit, he fought hard for the first down. And then there's the one that got away: Tate was wide open in end zone for the apparent TD, but it was called back on a penalty. After that, he had another close call on a deep ball, which Tate actually had in his hands but the defender just got their hands in there and he couldn't hang on.
2013 Week 16 vs ARI (3 / 2 / 34 / 0 rec)
This was Tate's second matchup with shutdown corner Patrick Peterson. The first time around, it was a draw, but this time, Peterson won outright. Tate contributed with a good punt return in the third quarter, but to that point had not even been targeted. His first catch was a six yard turnaround. Peterson had given him a big cushion but still was able to tackle him almost immediately. Finally, Tate got open for a longer catch, but fumbled the ball - which luckily went straight into the arms of a teammate. That catch helped fuel the only TD scoring drive.
2013 Week 17 vs STL (9 / 8 / 129 / 1 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Tate had a big game, built from a number of "small" catches. QB Russell Wilson simply locked on to Tate and found him all over the field. Most of his catches were short, designed to get him yards after the catch. These were mildly successful, but created no huge gains. The highlight reel will show his 47 yard TD (Tate's second of the day), in which he found an opening deep in Rams territory, and after hauling in the long pass, was able to out run two defenders for the score. Tate was quite versatile, catching the ball everywhere, and wasn't afraid to take a hit when going over the middle, as he did on his first TD catch.
2013 Week 19 vs NO (5 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
Tate started the game off well enough, with a nice catch in coverage for a first down. Unfortunately, that would end up as his only catch on the day, but not for lack of effort. First, Tate was open on third down but Wilson underthrew him. Then, the ball went off his fingertips in the end zone -- but he did draw a Pass Interfence call to make up for it. In the final quarter, he was overthrown on a deep route; and dove for another but couldn't quite get there. Mostly, the blame goes to the weather and the spotty QB play. Tate almost became the goat himself when he caught and then lost the ball on a late onside kick.
2013 Week 20 vs SF (6 / 4 / 31 / 0 rec)
Tate did get open late for what could have been a decisive touchdown, but he was missed high by Wilson. Later, he had a key first down that he also conceded by going backwards before gaining it again. Mostly, Tate had little impact on the game and took a backseat to Doug Baldwin in prominence in the Seahawks passing game.
2013 Week 21 vs DEN (4 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec)
With the game well in hand early and little reason for Seattle to pass, Golden Tate had a relatively quiet day against the Denver Broncos. He had a target on Seattle's second drive that was off the mark, and then converted 3rd-and-7 with a 9-yard reception. After that, outside of fair catching punts he wouldn't touch the ball again until the 4th quarter, when Seattle had a 35-point lead. Tate did draw a big pass interference penalty on 3rd down, though, leading to Seattle's first touchdown of the day.
2012 Week 2 vs DAL (4 / 3 / 38 / 0 rec)
It is safe to say Tate's biggest contribution to the Seattle offense was not a catch, but instead a brutal blindside block on Dallas LB Sean Lee. Wilson scrambled around the left edge; Tate broke his route off and absolutely demolished Lee. The crowd and Seattle bench exploded and you could fill the Dallas team calling in unison, "check please" as Lee had to be helped to the bench. Tate did have two big catches for 1st downs on drag routes, one that helped Seattle get out of their end zone on their first TD drive and a second that gave them a 1st and goal leading to their second TD drive. Neither racked up the yards, but both directly lead to TDs later in the drives. Tate also just barely missed a 45-yard TD pass in the first quarter, as Wilson underthrew Tate and allowed Morris Claiborne to break the pass up.
2012 Week 3 vs GB (7 / 3 / 68 / 2 rec)
Golden Tate had probably the most memorable game in his career already on Monday night but there was more to his performance than the miraculous play at the end of the game. Tate scored in the first quarter on a deep post route pass from Wilson. Wilson executed a good play action fake before setting up in a good pocket and firing deep to wide open Tate to haul in the touchdown after leaving his defender in the dust with a double move. Tate had a short slant catch in the redzone also but was unable to shake the tackler and get loose. He also made an attempt to catch a pass that looked to be initially intended for WR Rice but Tate got a hand on it unfortunately and it ended up incomplete. Then "the play" happened. Tate got a free release off the line and ran straight down the field into the endzone while Wilson was scrambling to set up a deep throw. Both Tate and DB Jennings leapt high to try and make the play but Jennings got two hands on the ball and appeared to pick it off, all while Tate was trying desperately to wrestle the ball away from him. It was ruled a touchdown however, as the play is awarded to the offense if the catch is "contested", despite the fact Jennings had far more control of it than Tate. A truly bizarre play which awarded Tate a big play and touchdown catch but likely would have been ruled an interception under different circumstances with the officials. Tate also committed pass interference on Jennings that was missed by the officials and also would have overturned the touchdown.
2012 Week 4 vs STL (3 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Tate lined up at LWR and moved around the formation more so than Rice, however, did not get involved in the game registering only 1 catch for 7 yards. The box score does not tell the whole story however as Tate was actually a great participant in the run game and sealed a number of great blocks to allow Lynch to get to the edge and pick up extra yards. Tate is a strong, physical WR that will need more consistent QB play to be productive, but has the intangibles you look for in a WR. His willingness to block and use his strength is something that definitely should not be overlooked.
2012 Week 5 vs CAR (4 / 3 / 31 / 1 rec, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Golden Tate could have had a more impressive day in the box score and on the field had a post route for 30+ yards not been nullified by a holding penalty early on. Tate took the top off the defense on the play and left the Panthers' secondary for dead. In the fourth quarter, Tate caught the eventual game-winning touchdown pass on a quick slant in the red zone, Wilson zipping it into him as soon as he flashed open. Tate broke a poor tackle attempt and finished the play. If Russell Wilson's confidence continues to grow, Tate will be a frequent target for the foreseeable future.
2012 Week 6 vs NE (6 / 3 / 47 / 0 rec)
Tate was fairly ineffective for the Seahawks besides from a 51 yard pick up as his two other receptions went for -4 yards. Tate is easily the 'Hawks most physical WR and they prefer to use him in the run game, as well as on bubble screens and quick outs.
2012 Week 7 vs SF (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Tate's first target should have been intercepted when he was perfectly covered down the sideline and Russell Wilson threw it up between he and the defender. Tate did well to fight enough so that the defender couldn't make a play on the football. Wilson came straight back to Tate deep down the seam when he had an opportunity to make a reception, but couldn't hold onto the football against tight coverage. Tate didn't drop a pass all of last season, but couldn't make a catch all of this game. Wilson came back to him early in the third quarter on an open slant pattern that would have gone for a first down. Tate dropped it and the Seahawks punted.
2012 Week 8 vs DET (7 / 7 / 64 / 0 rec)
Tate led the Seahawks in both catches and yards on Sunday; with a long of 18 yards on the first play offensive play of the game. Targeted seven times, Tate was able to catch all of them, including three on the opening FG drive. It was Tate who drew the 41-yard pass interference call that took Seattle to the Lions' 15-yard line on their first TD drive. Tate also did a nice job picking Turbin's man in coverage, allowing the RB to run free on the wheel route. On Seattle's final TD drive, it was Tate who Wilson looked to on 4th down, hitting the slanting WR for six yards for the first down. Tate didn't have any spectacular plays nor did he score any TDs, but it was clear he had Wilson's trust throughout and was whom Wilson looked to most on the final drive.
2012 Week 9 vs MIN (6 / 4 / 28 / 2 rec, 2 / 21 / 0 rush)
A great performance by Tate, who showed that even though he doesn't have elite speed or possess a large frame, he still has the ability to make fantastic plays through quickness and determination. On his first touchdown catch, Tate beat his man right at the line, executing a quick move to get inside on a crossing route, and then using his body to shield the defender from the ball in the back of the end zone. His next touchdown catch was even more impressive, catching the ball behind the line of scrimmage, shedding an arm tackle and then cutting past two defenders to get right before the end zone. With two defenders between Tate and a touchdown, Tate dove over one, only to get spun in the air by the other, but holding on to the ball as he crossed the goal line, Tate was able to score. The quickness and determination was used in full effect on wide receiver screens, where Tate could see what's blocked and cut to space.
2012 Week 10 vs NYJ (2 / 2 / 51 / 1 rec)
Golden Tate performed with both his arms and legs. During his team's first drive, Tate ran a go-route down the left-sideline. Russell Wilson delivered a perfect back shoulder throw for a 38-yard touchdown. Tate was working against the smaller Kyle Wilson, so he had no issue reaching up to secure the catch. During the fourth quarter, Wilson delivered a quick screen to Tate. Tate made the play by hurdling over a defender and running through an arm tackle for a 14-yard gain. Four plays later, the Seahawks ran a misdirection, wide receiver throw play. Wilson pitched the ball to a motioning Tate who threw a perfect spiral to Sidney Rice in the end zone for a 23-yard touchdown. Given Tate's speed and play making ability, it's no surprise that the Jets bit on the run fake.
2012 Week 12 vs MIA (5 / 4 / 56 / 0 rec)
Tate led all Seahawks in receiving yardage with fifty-six. Well over half of that yardage came on a first-and-ten play at the Dolphins' thirty-seven yard line. Sprinting down the sideline on an outside-the-numbers go route, Tate leaped over Dolphins cornerback R.J. Stanford to corral a thirty-two yard pass from Russell Wilson to set up Seattle inside the Miami five-yard line. Seattle scored two plays later to tie the game at seven in the second quarter. Tate finished the loss against Miami with four catches on five targets.
2012 Week 13 vs CHI (6 / 5 / 96 / 1 rec)
Tate and Sidney Rice shared the spotlight in this game, and both of them had key receptions in the last few minutes of regulation and in overtime. Tate was very active in the first half, catching four of the five passes thrown his way, including a big 49 yarder near the end of the second quarter. On that play, Tim Jennings fell down and Tate was able to escape down the field and nearly scored before being dragged down by Brian Urlacher from behind. It set up the field goal that put the Seahawks up just before halftime. Tate didn't have a target again until the TD pass at the end of the 4th quarter - a little slant route but the key play was after the catch. Tate broke three tackles and dove into the end zone, refusing to be denied the go-ahead score and putting his team in position to win the game.
2012 Week 14 vs ARI (3 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)
Tate was pretty non-existent this week as the passing opportunities were few and far between. In addition, Tate's best play was negated by penalty. Tate gained initial separation on an out route and gained plenty of yards after the catch down the sideline. Anthony McCoy ran a pick on the play, which called the play back. Tate was targeted only once down the field and that pass was intercepted. Patrick Peterson made a great play on ball as Russell Wilson scrambled outside the design of the play.
2012 Week 15 vs BUF (4 / 3 / 64 / 0 rec)
Tate received four targets, catching three with a long of 44 yards. With Lynch and Wilson working their flea flicker magic behind the line of scrimmage, Tate ran all the way across the field and easily connected for the long pass. Tate's two other catches came of the quick slant variety, picking up 10 on both.
2012 Week 16 vs SF (3 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)
Tate had a subdued day, as the receiver was only able to record two catches. The first was on a quick slant, and as the receiver caught the ball he absorbed a hard blow from the defender and gained a 1st down. Late in the game, Wilson floated a ball over the defender on a rollout to the right, and Tate was able to catch the ball and sprint through the space afforded by the moved pocket. Tate was also able to draw a holding penalty in the end zone as he struggled with Tarell Brown over a high pass, eventually setting up Russell Wilson's fourth touchdown pass.
2012 Week 17 vs STL (4 / 3 / 105 / 0 rec)
Tate only had three catches on four targets, but it was good enough to lead the team. Tate averaged 35 yards a catch, including a long of 44 yards. Tate's first catch came on the 2nd play of the game, a 30-yard catch and run that saw Tate make a tough grab on a low throw from Wilson. Tate's final two catches didn't come until the 2nd half, with his long coming on the game winning drive. With Wilson slipping out of the pocket, Tate came worked across the field and Wilson hit him. Tate was able to turn up field on the play, including juking two potential tacklers to pick up an extra 10+ yards. Tate saved Wilson from an INT in the 2nd half. Working deep down the middle of the field, Wilson's throw was late allowing the DB to make a play on it. It appeared he would come down with it, but Tate was able to get his hands in and help jar the ball loose. Tate also had a very important fumble recovery, diving on Marshawn Lynch's fumble at the Seattle 18-yard line.
2012 Week 18 vs WAS (5 / 4 / 35 / 0 rec)
Tate was Seattle's most efficient receiving weapon against Washington, reeling in four of his five targets for thirty-five yards through the air. Tate was one of Russell Wilson's preferred options on shorter throws - Tate's long reception of the evening went for fifteen yards. Wilson did look Tate's way on third-and-four at Washington's four-yard line, but coverage from Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall prevented Tate from completing the catch on the short slant route.
2012 Week 19 vs ATL (8 / 6 / 103 / 1 rec)
Tate ended the 2012-2013 NFL season on a strong note, tallying more than one hundred yards receiving for the second time. The third-year wideout caught six passes for one hundred and three yards through the air, including a twenty-nine yard touchdown reception off lackadaisical coverage from the Atlanta secondary. With Seattle down by twenty points in the third quarter, Tate ran a long curl pattern, caught Russell Wilson's pass, and made his way to the end zone. Falcons safety Thomas DeCoud came forward after the pass, expecting Tate to come back further. Meanwhile, cornerback Dunta Robinson came late to the party, whiffed on a tackle of Tate, and Tate breezed into the end zone for a Seahawks touchdown.
2011 Week 1 vs SF (5 / 1 / 8 / 1 rec)
The difference between the catches and targets for most of the Seattle receivers really tells a story as to how miserable this passing game is. Sometimes, that delta is a function of a receiver not catching his opportunities, but with Jackson at the helm, it's a function of his inaccuracy more than anything else. There were rumors that Tate was going to be cut in the preseason, and with the crowded group at receiver in Seattle, it's easy to see why. Baldwin is clearly a player they like, and Tate's best skills are similar to Mike Williams'. A team can't have too many possession receivers in today's NFL. Downfield vertical threats are needed - even if their QB can't hit them. Tate's playing time should continue to be limited to multiple-receiver and spread-type sets. He's likely the 5th-best receiver on this team with Rice is healthy.
2011 Week 2 vs PIT (2 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
Tate made a very nice catch along the Steelers' sideline against William Gay that showed great ball skills. He seems to be lost in the malaise that is the Seattle passing game though. There are too many pass-catchers and not nearly enough quality targets - especially downfield targets - to go around for anyone to be consistently productive for Seattle.
2011 Week 3 vs ARI (3 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
Like the rest of the target not named Sidney Rice, Tate was forgotten in this one.
2011 Week 4 vs ATL (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Tate was listed as active, but didn't make a dent in the scoresheet.
2011 Week 7 vs CLE (1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Tate caught his only target for 11 yards and a first down. A mixture of an overall terrible showing by the Seattle offense, and a glut at the receiver position limited his playing time to that of 5th wideout.
2011 Week 8 vs CIN (4 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
Tate continues to have issues gaining separation from defenders or wresting the ball away in tight coverage. With Sidney Rice, Ben Obomanu and Doug Baldwin all playing well, Tate's chances are limited already but he's not doing much with the ones he gets either.
2011 Week 10 vs BAL (3 / 3 / 46 / 0 rec, 1 / -5 / 0 rush)
Tate was the beneficiary of the Rice and Baldwin injuries. He didn't do much with his first couple of opportunities, but seemed to warm up into the game and made a big third down conversion late, catching the ball in stride for a 24 yard pickup. This is speculative, but if Rice and Baldwin's injuries keep them out, Tate could become a major target next week, as the Seahawks seem to be staying away from Mike Williams.
2011 Week 11 vs STL (3 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)
Tate only had one catch on three targets, but flashed his skills when he got the ball, gaining 16 yards in heavy traffic on what might have been no gain. He's shown lately that he can be dangerous with the ball. If the Seahawks ever give him any real playing time, he could surprise.
2011 Week 12 vs WAS (3 / 1 / 15 / 1 rec)
Tate, like his counterpart, Anthony Armstrong, saw just one target and made the most of it. The most impressive part of his touchdown was the route, finding a seam between two defenders. He also showed good concentration to haul in the pass thrown in such a small window and knowing he was going to get hit.
2011 Week 13 vs PHI (4 / 4 / 47 / 1 rec, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
Tonight was the first audition for Tate to prove to the coaching staff that he is capable to be counted on for production. Displaying consistent hands and very determined run after the catch ability, and the physicality to go up in double coverage and come down with the ball. Tate displayed hunger and urgency on the field something that has not been present during his career. While catching his 11 yard touchdown his athleticism made people take notice out jumping a covering cornerback while concentrating on the ball with a safety coming up behind him. Expect more targets to come his way as Tate and Jackson continue to gain chemistry and trust together. Tate was on the field a majority of the night, a sign of more things to come.
2011 Week 14 vs STL (7 / 3 / 39 / 0 rec, 1 / 14 / 0 rush)
Early on, Tate seemed to be building momentum and chemistry with Jackson getting two goal line targets. First pass was vastly under thrown while Tate had position; Second attempt was deflected on an intended pass for the second year receiver in the end zone. Tate displayed nice adjustments to coverage while trying to get open for his quarterback. Tate did gain 14 yards on a reverse, which could've been a long TD but was tackled by his shoestrings. Tonight revealed some blemishes in his game, bad blocker down field and still loses focus and urgency that a lot of successful receivers display.
2011 Week 15 vs CHI (7 / 4 / 61 / 0 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Tate stepped up his game after the Mike Williams injury, and showed some good chemistry with Tarvaris Jackson. On his long catch of the day, for 33 yards, Tate displayed his run after the catch skills, breaking a tackle and protecting the ball well. He also had a shot at a deep ball, but it was overthrown.
2011 Week 16 vs SF (6 / 3 / 16 / 0 rec)
Tate was yet another Seahawks receiver who looked good but could only do so much with his six targets, all short passes. Worth noting is that he made a nice downfield block on Baldwin's touchdown.
2011 Week 17 vs ARI (6 / 5 / 46 / 0 rec, 1 / -5 / 0 rush)
Tate was heavily involved early on, but seemed to fall off the radar a bit as the game wore on. He consistently showed good hands and athleticism after the catch. He looks like he's ready for a larger role heading into next year. For the most part, his targets were short or medium range passes, but in the final quarter, he was in position for a deep sideline catch that went out of bounds.
2010 Week 2 vs DEN (2 / 1 / 52 / 0 rec)
Tate, quite simply, looked electric in his pro debut. His first catch went for 52-yards. And he tacked on a 63-yard punt return after that. Look out if his playing time continues. If he doesn't stay in the crowded WR picture, keep an eye on him for the future.
2010 Week 3 vs SD (4 / 4 / 33 / 0 rec)
Tate is still a pretty raw talent, but you can see the potential is there. He is a very physical player, and from the accounts in this game he's not going to be afraid to get dirty. For instance, he fielded a punt in this game by leaping high in the air despite two defenders several yards away. Predictably, he was crunched before he even hit the ground. Later, he was upended by a tackler near the goal line on a crossing route and then literally dumped upside down on his head. But he got up, looking fine. He made a tough one-handed grab near the end zone sideline, and while he didn't break any real big gains he did come close to scoring on a punt return. He would have made it if not for the shoestring tackle abilities of Mike Tolbert.
2010 Week 4 vs STL (5 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Tate got a couple of his catches in garbage time, and also went nowhere on his end around attempt. Tate seemed especially frustrated when he didn't get a call on a third down target and he is not having quite the impact the Seahaks had hoped he would yet.
2010 Week 7 vs ARI (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Didn't catch anything and in general was not on the field much. We would like to see him at least get a couple targets down the field where his speed could be exploited a little more. He seemed like one of the more polished WRs coming out of college but so far he has had little impact for the Seahawks in their passing game.
2010 Week 8 vs OAK (7 / 2 / 36 / 0 rec)
Tate was a frequent target, with an all too frequent "close but no cigar" result. Even on his completions, the refrain rang true: his first catch was for a 12 yard gain -- on 3rd and 16. Hasselbeck was throwing them at the sideline all day, away from the defender, which required Tate to get to the ball and make the play. He did an impressive job of getting there, even in tight coverage, but between bobbling the ball and not quite staying in bounds while making the catch, Tate is still a work in progress when it comes to finishing. His second catch was a nice leaping grab for 24-yd gain, but he seemed to hurt himself when landing.
2010 Week 12 vs KC (4 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
Golden Tate got an early target on a fade route but it was incomplete and well defended. He also caught a short hitch route. His impact in the game was minimal however and he had a drop aswell.
2010 Week 13 vs CAR (6 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Tate is a typical rookie, who shows splashes but isn't able to put it all together. He made one reception near the goalline and made a very athletic attempt to dive into the endzone, but came up just short, resulting in a Marshawn Lynch TD.
2010 Week 14 vs SF (4 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)
Tate drew a bit more playing time than usual due to the injuries to Williams and Obomanu, and showed sure hands along with some good moves that made him look dangerous after each catch. He wasn't thrown to very far downfield, however, so it remains to be seen whether any more than a threat in the short passing game in the short term. Tate had one chance to score, a catch in the red zone that picked him up 8 yards. He fought hard to get to the goal line but came up just short.
2010 Week 16 vs TB (3 / 3 / 10 / 0 rec)
Tate only had few opportunities, and his stat line is far from glowing, but he did show a glimmer of what to expect with a fresh start next season. He fought hard for a short first down late in the game, and also stuck with a bobbled ball in the face of danger, eventually hauling it in, albeit for a very small gain. His willingness to fight for every inch despite the blowout circumstance ought to give him a leg up as a starting receiver in 2011.
2010 Week 17 vs STL (1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Tate caught a 3 yard bubble screen in the 3rd quarter but disappeared after that play.