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Golden Tate | Wide Receiver

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (26) / 8/2/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 202
College: Notre Dame
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Golden Tate caught 5-of-7 targets for 51 yards in Detroit's Week 3 win over the Packers.
Tate now has at least five catches for 50 yards in each of his first three games as a Lion. He's yet to find the end zone, but scores should come opposite Calvin Johnson. Tate is a high-floor WR3. Sep 21 - 6:14 PM

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Golden Tate secured 5-of-8 targets for 57 yards in the Lions' Week 2 loss to the Panthers.

Tate had four catches for 51 yards in the first quarter alone. He managed one reception for six yards the rest of the way as Carolina's defense all but eliminated a Detroit offense that appeared virtually unstoppable in their Week 1 win over the Giants. Expect Tate to rebound when the Lions take on the Packers' far-weaker defense next week. Through two games, Tate has 11 receptions for 150 yards. He's a rock-solid WR3 in fantasy.
Sep 14 - 5:11 PM

Golden Tate caught six passes for 93 yards in the Lions' Week 1 win over the Giants on Monday night.

Tate started off slow as he watched Calvin Johnson dominate the first quarter, but the former Seahawk eventually got "his." Tate reeled in all six of his targets. Megatron is still the obvious No. 1 option for Matthew Stafford, while Tate is a distant second in the pecking order. Still, this offense can support Tate on 6-8 targets. He should flirt with WR3 numbers this season.
Sep 8 - 11:23 PM

Golden Tate had three catches for 36 yards in the Lions' third preseason game Friday night.

Tate was featured in the short-passing game and had a team-high four targets. He's locked in as the No. 2 receiver and is going to get a lot of single coverage opposite Calvin Johnson. Playing in a pass-heavy scheme, Tate has a good chance to improve on his 64/898/5 line from 2013. He currently has an ADP in the seventh round.
Aug 23 - 12:12 AM

Lions WR Golden Tate caught all three of his targets for 41 yards and a touchdown in Friday night's preseason game against the Raiders.

Tate burned Tarell Brown for an early 28-yard score, and made a first-down grab on the Lions' second scoring drive. Shackled by the Seahawks' run-heavy scheme early in his career, Tate is poised to post career highs across the board in Detroit's pass-happy offense. He is a value at the end of the seventh round.
Aug 15 - 11:36 PM

Lions removed Golden Tate (shoulder) from active/PUP.

Tate's "injury" was never considered serious and he will practice Monday. Calvin Johnson's new bookend will finally get to spread his underrated wings as he's escaped the Seahawks' run-heavy scheme. We're expecting career-best numbers for Tate.
Jul 28 - 10:11 AM

Lions placed WR Golden Tate (shoulder) and RE Ziggy Ansah (shoulder) on the active/PUP list.

Rookie WR T.J. Jones (shoulder) joins them. Tate landed on his shoulder wrong in the spring. We'll consider him day-to-day. Ansah is recovering from shoulder surgery and was fully expected to open camp on PUP. He'll be ready for Week 1.
Jul 23 - 5:26 PM

Golden Tate is not expected to return punts for the Lions.

Tate was Pro Football Focus' No. 1 punt returner while playing for Seattle last season, averaging 11.5 yards per return. In Detroit, he'll focus on an expanded offensive role while putting that unique elusiveness to use opposite Calvin Johnson. Jeremy Ross is expected to remain the primary return man.
Jun 9 - 11:01 AM

Golden Tate compared his role in the Lions' offense to Lance Moore's in New Orleans.

Per the Lions' website, new OC Joe Lombardi has brought a lot of concepts he learned in New Orleans for the previous seven seasons. Between 2008-12, Moore's per-game averages were 4.05 catches for 51.6 yards and 0.5 touchdowns. He had one 1,000-yard season, one 10-touchdown campaign, and went over 60 catches three times. Tate is capable of greater things as he'll rotate less, is more athletic, more explosive, has better hands, and will be in space more playing off Calvin Johnson.
Apr 16 - 8:36 AM

New Lions WR Golden Tate says the Seahawks' offer to re-sign him was "laughable."

Tate says the Seahawks weren't willing to make more than a take-it-or-leave-it offer, and that he'll make more in Detroit this season than he would have the next two years in Seattle. Tate had claimed he was open to giving the Seahawks a hometown discount, but the sides were clearly never on the same page.
Mar 18 - 7:07 PM

Golden Tate wants to compete for the punt returning duties in Detroit.

Incumbent Jeremy Ross surprised as a returner last season, but Tate is one of the best punt returners in the league. With Tate expected to have a big role in the offense, it might be smarter to save his legs and let Ross handle the job. Either way, the Lions should have a dynamic special teams unit in 2014.
Mar 15 - 12:22 PM

Golden Tate anticipates "moving around a lot more" in Detroit after playing X-Iso receiver in Seattle.

Though it obviously worked for the Super Bowl champs, it was frustrating at times to watch Tate's run-after-catch skills go to waste as a perimeter-only wideout in Seattle. He should play far more slot receiver in Detroit, running higher-percentage routes. Some great stats on Tate per PFF's Pete Damilatis: Tate has dropped just five of his 149 catchable targets over the last three seasons, the lowest "drop rate" of any NFL wide receiver. Tate's 50 "missed tackles" forced the past three years are nine more than any wideout in football.
Mar 12 - 10:43 PM

Lions agreed to terms with WR Golden Tate, formerly of the Seahawks, on a five-year, $31 million contract.

The deal includes $13.25 million guaranteed. The Lions' quixotic quest to find a viable starter opposite Calvin Johnson ends. Tate was Rotoworld's No. 4 remaining receiver. Coming off a career year where he caught 64 passes for 898 yards and five scores, Tate's numbers have been suppressed by the Seahawks' run-heavy offense, but that won't be an issue in Detroit. A dynamo with the ball in his hands, Tate is most effective after the catch. Even with passing-mad OC Scott Linehan gone from the Motor City, the Lions will be throwing all day, every day in 2014. Tate should be a shoo-in for his first career 1,000-yard season.
Mar 12 - 3:35 PM

Free agent Golden Tate will visit the Lions Tuesday night.

The Lions haven't been shy about exposing their interest in getting Calvin Johnson some help. Tate is a very interesting name because he has plus athleticism, can win at the catch point and helps in the return game. He'd be a major fantasy asset against the single coverage he'd see in Detroit.
Mar 11 - 6:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is "hearing" the Lions have interest in free agent Golden Tate.

Tate's market has been surprisingly quiet, just like the rest of the offensive skill-position free agents. We'd expect things to start heating up once the free agency gates open at 4 PM ET. The Lions are in need of a No. 2 receiver and have already dropped out of the James Jones running. Tate is far superior to Jones.
Mar 11 - 3:36 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Matthew Stafford
2Dan Orlovsky
3Kellen Moore
RB1Reggie Bush
2Joique Bell
3Theo Riddick
GLB1Reggie Bush
2Joique Bell
3RB1Reggie Bush
2Joique Bell
FB1Jed Collins
2Montell Owens
WR11Calvin Johnson
2Jeremy Ross
3T.J. Jones
WR21Golden Tate
2Ryan Broyles
3Corey Fuller
WR31Jeremy Ross
TE1Brandon Pettigrew
2Eric Ebron
3Joseph Fauria
K1Alex Henery