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Golden Tate | Wide Receiver | #15

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (27) / 8/2/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 198
College: Notre Dame
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 2 (60) / SEA
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Golden Tate said the offense is starting "from scratch" this offseason.
Installed as the coordinator midway through the season, Jim Bob Cooter was not able to fully implement his offense on the fly. Despite amazing success down the stretch, there were always going to be changes this offseason. "The calls are different. The signals are different," Tate said. "From top to bottom it’s all new and we’re just taking it day by day." While the transition will not be as dramatic as a team with a brand new staff, there could be some kinks to iron out early in the season. Jun 7 - 8:52 AM

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Tim Twentyman of the Lions' website expects Golden Tate to lead the team in receptions this season.

Twentyman predicts Tate will "edge out" Marvin Jones for the reception lead, but believes Jones will be "right there." Tate has led Detroit in catches in back-to-back seasons (99, 90). He could push for 100-plus in the post-Megatron era. Based on current ADP, however, Tate's expected leap is already being baked into his draft-day cost. He's often going in the fourth and even third round, while Jones commonly lasts until the seventh and eighth.
May 25 - 9:12 PM

Golden Tate caught 4-of-6 targets for 34 yards in the Lions' Week 17 win over the Bears.

Tate was virtually unusable in fantasy leagues during a sluggish first half of the season, but he turned it on late under OC Jim Bob Cooter and finished with a respectable 86-779-6 receiving line. Still, Tate's yards-per-reception drop from 13.4 to barely above 9.0 in his second season as a Lion was major, and easily the worst of his career. Tate was pedestrian with Calvin Johnson healthy in 2014, and in 2015 didn't become a true fantasy asset until Calvin began to fade down the stretch. Still only 27 years old, Tate should have lots of solid-if-unspectacular football left. He's probably best approached as a low-end WR2 in PPR leagues for 2016 and a WR3 option in non-PPR.
Jan 3 - 5:15 PM

Golden Tate secured 4-of-5 targets for 59 yards in the Lions' Week 16 win over the 49ers.

Tate's target total was a low since before the Lions' Week 9 bye. The Lions were aggressive about feeding Calvin Johnson (10 targets) in this one, after he served as a decoy in the previous two weeks. Tate will close out the season in a plus matchup against the Bears in Week 17.
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 04:55:00 PM

Golden Tate nabbed all six of his targets for 45 yards and two touchdowns in the Lions' Week 15 win over the Saints.

Tate is starting to catch fire. He’s now corralled four touchdowns over his last two games. The touchdown barrage has corresponded with Calvin Johnson’s recent ineffectiveness. We saw this play out last year as Tate became the featured receiver while Johnson struggled with injuries. Tate has another good matchup against San Francisco in Week 16. Consider him a high-upside flex/WR3 for that contest.
Tue, Dec 22, 2015 12:08:00 AM

Golden Tate nabbed nine catches for 60 yards and two touchdowns on 10 targets in the Lions' Week 14 loss to the Rams.

With Trumaine Johnson mostly taking Calvin Johnson out of the game, Tate and Theo Riddick were asked to anchor the passing game. Seven of Tate’s 10 targets came after halftime as the Lions tried to chip away at a 14-point deficit. Sunday marked Tate’s first multi-touchdown game since Week 8 of the 2013 season when he was still with Seattle. Tate has seen double-digit targets in three of his last four games. He’ll be on the WR3 radar for next week’s Monday night game against New Orleans.
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 04:57:00 PM

Golden Tate caught 8-of-10 targets for 63 yards in Detroit's Week 13 loss to the Packers, adding a three-yard rush.

Tate has now caught at least seven passes in three straight games, but hasn't cleared 75 yards in the process. With three quarters of the season in the books, Tate is on pace for 89 catches, 820 yards and three scores. Both the catches and yards would be well off his 2014 marks. Tate will be a lower-end WR3 against the Rams in Week 14.
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 12:42:00 AM

Golden Tate (calf) was upgraded to "full" in Tuesday's practice.

Tate will be ready to rock for Thursday's game against the Packers, where he'll be a mid-range WR3.
Tue, Dec 1, 2015 04:26:00 PM

Golden Tate (calf) was limited in Lions practice on Monday.

The calf injury isn't a concern for Tate's Week 13 availability. With Eric Ebron fading, Tate has drawn target totals of 8 and 11 the past two weeks.
Mon, Nov 30, 2015 04:11:00 PM

Golden Tate caught 7-of-8 targets for 50 yards and a touchdown in Detroit's Week 12 blowout of the Eagles.

Tate literally walked into the end zone on his two-yard touchdown in the second quarter. It was that kind of "effort" from the Eagles' defense. Tate could have had an eighth grab, but committed a drop. Tate has big-time fantasy upside, but has proven routinely incapable of tapping it when Calvin Johnson is active, which he's been every game this season. Tate will be a lower-end WR3 against the Packers in Week 13.
Thu, Nov 26, 2015 04:09:00 PM

Golden Tate caught 8-of-11 targets for 73 yards in Detroit's Week 11 win over the Raiders.

Tate "added" a -2 yard rush. The catches matched Tate's season high, while today was only the third time in 10 games he cleared 70 yards receiving. Tate has a plus Week 12 matchup in the Eagles, but at best, will find himself on the WR3/4 borderline in standard leagues.
Sun, Nov 22, 2015 05:34:00 PM

Golden Tate caught all four of his targets for 52 yards Week 10 against the Packers.

Tate had another quiet day, but he made perhaps the play of the game on a 43-yard catch-and-run in the fourth quarter. Tate got loose when Green Bay blew coverage against a bunch set and broke several tackles before being thrown out of bounds inside the five-yard line. Tate was shaken up after a big hit on a punt return, but he stayed in the game and said he will be fine for next week. Despite his elite after catch abilities, Tate has been a fantasy disappointment all season. He does not need to be owned in shallower leagues.
Sun, Nov 15, 2015 06:30:00 PM

Golden Tate caught 6-of-7 passes for 59 yards Week 8 against the Chiefs.

It was nice to see Tate regain some of the efficiency which had been lacking the last several games, but he still struggled to make an impact in the Lions' sputtering offense. Tate has not gone over 80 yards in any game this season, and he is on pace for just 80 catches for 754 yards and two touchdowns after posting a 99-1,331-4 line last season. Tate will be an extremely low-ceiling WR3 Week 10 against the Packers.
Sun, Nov 1, 2015 01:08:00 PM

Golden Tate hopes he will get "better opportunities" under new OC Jim Bob Cooter.

When asked if he means more targets or better routes, Tate responded, "Just everything." The usually hyper-efficient Tate has caught just 55 percent of his targets this season and is averaging 9.4 yards per reception. Tate has dropped more passes than usual and has not been as dynamic after the catch, but at least some of his poor performance can be pinned on the offense. With a new OC calling the shots, Tate could be primed for a resurgence. He is a low-end WR3 this week against the Chiefs.
Source: MLive.com
Thu, Oct 29, 2015 11:05:00 AM

Golden Tate secured 2-of-6 targets for 14 yards in the Lions' Week 8 loss to the Vikings.

Bottled up by Captain Munnerlyn, Tate also didn't help himself with a drop. His fantasy outlook is pointing downward with Eric Ebron retaking safety-valve duties on high-percentage routes. A fantasy disappointment all season, Tate will be a WR3 play at best in Week 8 against Kansas City.
Sun, Oct 25, 2015 05:26:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Matthew Stafford
2Dan Orlovsky
3Jake Rudock
RB1Ameer Abdullah
2Theo Riddick
3Zach Zenner
4Stevan Ridley
5Dwayne Washington
GLB1Zach Zenner
2Ameer Abdullah
3RB1Theo Riddick
2Ameer Abdullah
FB1Mike Burton
WR11Golden Tate
2T.J. Jones
3Corey Fuller
4Ryan Spadola
5Jace Billingsley
WR21Marvin Jones
2Jeremy Kerley
3Andre Caldwell
4Andre Roberts
5Quinshad Davis
WR31T.J. Jones
TE1Eric Ebron
2Brandon Pettigrew
3Matthew Mulligan
4Cole Wick
5Adam Fuehne
LT1Taylor Decker
2Cornelius Lucas
3Corey Robinson
4Luke Marquardt
LG1Laken Tomlinson
2Joe Dahl
C1Travis Swanson
2Graham Glasgow
3Gabe Ikard
RG1Larry Warford
2Geoff Schwartz
3Chase Farris
RT1Riley Reiff
2Michael Ola
K1Matt Prater
2Devon Bell