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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 said he's focusing on learning the playbook a little better this offseason.
Tate seemed to know the plays just fine in his first year as a Lion, ranking sixth in the league in catches (99), seventh in yards (1,331) and third in total YAC (691). It will be nearly impossible for him to improve on those numbers with Calvin Johnson shaking off his nagging injuries and Eric Ebron expected to come on as an NFL sophomore. Even if Tate does get more comfortable in Joe Lombardi's scheme, expect a volume regression. Mar 31 - 8:57 AM
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Golden Tate secured 6-of-9 targets for 89 yards and a touchdown in the Lions' Wild Card Round loss to Dallas.

The Lions added punt returns to Tate's plate in the Wild Card Round. He made his presence felt on Detroit's opening drive, turning a Matthew Stafford pass into a 51-yard catch-and-run score to give the Lions an early 7-0 lead. Tate added a 17-yard gain early in the second quarter, converting on third-and-long. Lions OC Joe Lombardi frequently got Tate matched up on Cowboys S Barry Church, who was severely overmatched in coverage. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough for Detroit to pull the upset. 26 years old, Tate's 99-1,331-4 receiving line was easily a career best, but could prove to be a bit of a mirage for 2015. His stats were spiked by Calvin Johnson's myriad injuries. That said, Tate was an excellent offseason signing by Lions GM Martin Mayhew, whom we believe deserves NFL Executive of the Year consideration.
Jan 4 - 8:22 PM

Golden Tate caught 3-of-5 targets for 45 yards in Detroit's Week 17 loss to the Packers.

The three-catch day leaves Tate one short of 100 for the regular season. Nevertheless, he heads into the postseason tournament with a career best 1,331 yards. That's 433 more than he ever posted in Seattle. Tate has established himself as one of the league's very best No. 2 receivers.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 08:26:00 PM

Golden Tate caught five passes for 62 yards in Sunday's Week 16 win at Chicago.

The highly efficient Tate only came down with half of his 10 targets, but that was more on a shaky Matthew Stafford. Stafford was especially brutal in the red zone, where he was picked off twice and settled for three field-goal attempts. Tate, who hasn't gone over 100 yards since Week 10, wraps up the regular season at Green Bay next week.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 05:02:00 PM

Golden Tate secured 7-of-7 targets for 38 yards and a touchdown and rushed twice for five yards in the Lions' Week 15 win over the Vikings.

With Xavier Rhodes locked on Calvin Johnson, Tate got a bump in usage. The Lions tried to funnel offense through him, using Tate on rushing attempts as well as his usual high-percentage role on slot routes. Unfortunately, Tate's production has taken a nosedive since Megatron returned healthy. He'll just be a fantasy WR3 in Week 16 at Chicago.
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 07:22:00 PM

Golden Tate caught 4-of-5 targets for 50 yards Week 14 against the Bucs.

With Calvin Johnson beasting, there were not many passes left over for Tate. The five targets were the second lowest total for Tate this season and only the second time in the last eight games Tate did not hit the double-digit target mark. Tate should see more looks against the Vikings next week, and will once again be a solid WR3.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 04:34:00 PM

Golden Tate caught 8-of-10 targets for 89 yards in Detroit's Week 13 win over the Bears.

Tate was always open when Matthew Stafford needed him, moving the chains and tacking on yards after the catch. Even with Calvin Johnson back in the fold, Tate has drawn at least 10 targets in three of his past four games. With 75 percent of the season in the books, Tate has already set new career highs in catches and yards, and is on pace for 107/1,515. He was one of the offseason's best free-agent signings.
Thu, Nov 27, 2014 04:14:00 PM

Golden Tate secured 4-of-10 targets for 97 yards in the Lions' Week 12 loss to New England.

He did add a 13-yard rushing attempt. The Patriots primarily used Darrelle Revis to guard Tate, just as they did last week with Reggie Wayne. Tate still turned an early bubble screen into a 24-yard gain and followed up with 17 yards on a rub route. Late in the first quarter, Tate exploited a mixup in New England's zone for a 42-yard gain. Unfortunately, Tate had just one catch the rest of the game. Since Megatron returned, Tate has morphed from a WR1 into a WR2/3 option. The Lions face the Bears next on Thanksgiving.
Sun, Nov 23, 2014 04:32:00 PM

Golden Tate (hip) is listed as probable for Week 12.

Tate was a late addition to the report after a "limited" practice Friday, but the probable tag indicates the Lions are confident he'll face the Patriots.
Fri, Nov 21, 2014 04:11:00 PM

Golden Tate caught 2-of-2 targets for 41 yards in Detroit's Week 11 loss to the Cardinals.

With Matthew Stafford struggling, Tate was out-targeted 12-2 by Calvin Johnson. The Lions' passing attack simply never got in sync, putting a lid on Tate's upside. With Johnson likely to get acquainted with Darrelle Revis in next week's matchup with the Patriots, Tate is a good bet to see his target total back up in the 10-12 range. He'll be a mid-range WR2 for Week 12.
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 07:55:00 PM

Golden Tate caught 11-of-13 targets for 109 yards in Detroit's Week 10 win over the Dolphins.

Even with the return of Calvin Johnson, Tate managed his fifth 100-yard effort in six games. This was different than Tate's 100-yard days during Megatron's absence, however, as he did more damage on dumpoffs. Amazingly, his 13 targets were two fewer than Johnson drew. Tate isn't going to fade into obscurity now that Johnson is back, but will be more WR2/3 than the WR1/2 he's been for the past month.
Sun, Nov 9, 2014 05:41:00 PM

Golden Tate caught 7-of-15 targets for 151 yards and a touchdown against the Falcons Week 8.

Another game, another 100-yard effort. Tate has been stellar with Calvin Johnson sidelined, and is establishing himself as one of the better wide receivers in the league. Through eight games Tate is on pace for 110 catches for 1,600 yards and six touchdowns. Tate is unlikely to reach those numbers with Johnson on his way back, but they show just how good Tate has been through the first half of this season.
Sun, Oct 26, 2014 01:13:00 PM

Golden Tate caught 10-of-13 targets for 154 yards and a touchdown in the Lions' Week 7 win over the Saints.

Tate was the focal point of the Lions' offense all day, and he did not disappoint. Tate was electric in the open field, and showed off high-end speed on a 73-yard catch-and-run to bring the Lions within six late in the fourth quarter. With Calvin Johnson likely out at least another week, Tate will be a solid WR2 against the Falcons in London Week 8.
Sun, Oct 19, 2014 04:32:00 PM

Golden Tate caught 7-of-12 targets for 44 yards against the Vikings Week 6.

After putting up back-to-back 100-yard performances, Tate struggled with Calvin Johnson sidelined. He had a couple uncharacteristic drops, and did not make much happen after the catch. Despite the disappointing performance, Tate will still be useful as a WR2 for as long as Johnson is sidelined.
Sun, Oct 12, 2014 04:36:00 PM

Golden Tate caught seven passes for 134 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's Week 5 loss to the Bills.

Tate took advantage of injuries to Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush in the second half, leading the Lions with a team-high nine targets. He scored on a nine-yard slant for his first touchdown of the season. His biggest play was 55-yard catch-and-run that put the Lions in field goal range late in the game. Tate will be on WR1 radar if Johnson doesn't return in Week 6.
Sun, Oct 5, 2014 05:14:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Matthew Stafford
2Dan Orlovsky
3Kellen Moore
4Anthony Boone
RB1Joique Bell
2Ameer Abdullah
3Theo Riddick
4George Winn
5Zach Zenner
GLB1Joique Bell
2Ameer Abdullah
3RB1Theo Riddick
2Ameer Abdullah
FB1Mike Burton
2Emil Igwenagu
WR11Calvin Johnson
2Corey Fuller
3T.J. Jones
4Andrew Peacock
5Vernon Johnson
WR21Golden Tate
2Jeremy Ross
3Ryan Broyles
4Lance Moore
5Greg Salas
WR31Corey Fuller
TE1Eric Ebron
2Brandon Pettigrew
3Joseph Fauria
4Jordan Thompson
5Casey Pierce
K1Matt Prater
2Kyle Brindza