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15 Golden Tate WR
Height/Weight: 5-10/195 | Birthdate: 8/2/1988 | Birthplace: Nashville, TN, USA | Team: Detroit | College: Notre Dame | NFL Experience: 5 | Owned/Started%: 100/68 | Average Draft Position: 74.41
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Golden Tate has five catches


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/14/2014) Lions receiver Golden Tate had a quiet game Sunday in Week 2 at Carolina. He finished with just five catches for 57 yards on eight targets.

Tate will look to make more plays in Week 3 against the Packers at home.


Golden Tate nearly cracks century mark in debut


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) Outside of Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate was the only other targeted receiver for the Lions in a Week 1 win over the Giants.

Tate nearly surpassed the century mark, but didn't catch his first pass until the second quarter. He came down with a short 4-yard reception with 11:10 remaining in the first half. He made a leaping 44-yard grab in the third quarter for his longest gain of the night. He caught all six of his targets for 93 yards, averaging 15.5 yards per grab in a 35-14 victory.

Tate will look to build off that performance in Week 2 against Carolina. While with the Seahawks, he caught four of his six targets for 51 yards in Week 1 against the Panthers last season.

Golden Tate facing a familiar matchup in Week 1


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) Lions receiver Golden Tate may have a familiar matchup come Week 1 against the Giants.

Although Tate was practically a non-factor when Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie last covered him in the Super Bowl, the new wideout will probably play out of the slot for Detroit, which would mean he would be shadowed by former Seattle teammate Walter Thurmond.

Wide receivers against the Giants averaged 16.00 Fantasy points per game in standard CBSSports.com leagues, which was fourth-best in the league, only behind Tennessee, Seattle and Carolina. When Tate faced the Giants in December of last season, he was limited to only 25 on two catches and six targets.

Tate is expected to give Calvin Johnson some breathing room and eventually become Stafford's No. 2 option in the passing game. He should be viewed as a borderline No. 2 wide receiver and a decent flex for Week 1.

Lions sit out several starters for preseason finale


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) The following starters will not suit up for the Lions Thursday night against the Bills: Quarterback Matthew Stafford, receivers Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate, running back Reggie Bush, center Dominic Raiola, guard Rob Sims and tight end Brandon Pettigrew, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, cornerback Rashean Mathis, defensive end Jason Jones, safeties James Ihedigbo and Don Carey and linebacker Kyle Van Noy.

Golden Tate aiming to exploit single coverage


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) New Lions receiver Golden Tate said his production "can be way better" in Detroit than it was in Seattle, reports ESPN.com.

"I was coming from, you gotta think I was in the toughest division with the 49ers, Rams and Cardinals, defensively, with a run-heavy offense and now I'm going to a pass-happy offense where I'm on the same team as the best player in the league, one of the best players in the league who is going to draw a lot of attention, a lot of double coverage, which is going to leave me with a lot of single coverage by a lot of No. 2 and No. 3 cornerbacks," Tate said, referring to Calvin Johnson.

"So mentally I think I should be able to excel and do very well here."

Tate stressed, however, that his main concern is winning and he won't care what his numbers are if the team goes deep in the playoffs.


Golden Tate scores first Detroit touchdown


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) Lions receiver Golden Tate found the end zone during Friday's exhibition game against the Raiders in Oakland.

Tate caught a 28-yard touchdown pass from Matt Stafford of the opening series. He caught all three of his targeted passes for 41 yards and a touchdown. Through two preseason games, he has 55 receiving yards.


Golden Tate comes down with one grab in exhibition debut


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2014) Lions receiver Golden Tate worked with the first-team offense during Saturday's preseason opener against the Browns.

Tate, who had been bothered by a shoulder issue during training camp, caught a 14-yard pass from Matthew Stafford in the opening drive of the game. It was his only catch and target, as the first-team was pulled after the first series.

Golden Tate knocks off the rust


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Lions receiver Golden Tate (shoulder) came off the PUP list Monday in time to participate in the team's first practice.

"Still a little rusty out there, still have to trust myself and trust my hands," he told the Detroit Free Press. "But I like the way we work around here, coach (Jim Caldwell) does a great job at taking care of our legs. After Day 1, I’m excited about [Tuesday] and I’m just going to keep on getting better day to day."

Tate said a shoulder injury was a first for him. “I kind of trusted the doctors," he said. "The doctors said I would be back by camp and here I am practicing Day 1. However, there was a lot of rehabbing and strengthening the muscles around it so it didn’t shut down, but I feel like I’m close to being pretty good."

Caldwell called Tate "a very important piece to our offense."


Golden Tate activated from PUP list


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) The Lions activated receiver Golden Tate from the PUP list, reports the National Football Post. Tate had what he called a minor shoulder injury.

Golden Tate dealing with 'minor' shoulder injury


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Lions receiver Golden Tate, who was placed on the active/PUP list Wednesday, said he's dealing with a "minor shoulder injury from an errant fall" during OTAs, reports the Detroit Free Press. However, the injury kept him out of the team's June minicamp and landed him on the PUP list.

"Just a little soreness in my shoulder and I’m just doing what the doctors tell me to do and I’m trying to get better as fast as I can,” Tate said in June. “As a competitor it sucks to be on the sideline watching guys, especially when I want to be out there trying to fine-tune this offense."

Tate is eligible to come off the PUP list at any time.


Report: Golden Tate put on PUP list


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) The Lions put receiver Golden Tate on the PUP list to start training camp, reports NFL Network. Tate's injury was not immediately known.

For Golden Tate, Detroit is land of opportunity


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/14/2014) As a Seahawk last year, Golden Tate was targeted 98 times and led the team with 64 receptions for 898 yards. He believes he'll get more opportunities in Detroit even as the clear No. 2 receiver behind Calvin Johnson.

"I hated being tackled (last year) because I didn't know when my next ball was going to come," Tate said on ESPN, per MLive.com. "I have a chance to catch more balls and make Pro Bowls (in Detroit).

"I think if I can stay healthy, God forbid, it's going to be fun. I have a chance to catch a ton more balls," Tate said. "I'm going to see a lot of single coverage. I'm probably going to see a lot of No. 2 and No. 3 cornerbacks because everyone's going to be on No. 81 (Calvin Johnson). I'm excited.

"I think the sky's the limit. I think it's going to get back to the old Golden."

The Lions threw 634 passes last year, 214 more than the Seahawks.


The Lions offense is going to be awesome


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/8/2014) So it appeared for weeks the Lions wanted to move up to select receiver Sammy Watkins from Clemson. Maybe they didn't offer enough to jump up to No. 4 like the Bills, who drafted Watkins. Or maybe they were hoping if they stayed put at No. 10 that an elite player would land in their lap.

That's what happened on Thursday night when they drafted tight end Eric Ebron from North Carolina.

Think about this offense now. Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate, Reggie Bush, Joique Bell and now Ebron. The only downside about this pick is Joseph Fauria loses all sleeper appeal, but we can live with that. He'll still score a few touchdowns, but Ebron could be a star.

You can't double cover him because of Johnson and Tate, and new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi comes from New Orleans, where Jimmy Graham was a dominant force. The Lions wanted an upgrade at tight end, and Ebron is the answer.

He should be considered a potential starter in all Fantasy leagues with a late-round pick, and he's a late first-round selection in rookie-only drafts. The Lions are going to be fun to watch in 2014. 


Matthew Stafford, Golden Tate building chemistry


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2014) Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and free agent acquisition Golden Tate are using this week's voluntary minicamp to get accustomed to each other.

"Any time we miss a ball, I'm going straight to him, 'Hey, did I look back? Turn my head late? Did that feel right? What can I do better?'" Tate told MLive.com. "I think that's where it starts, just talking it out. I can't read his mind, he can't read my mind, so we're just talking it out."

Tate, the team's No. 2 receiver, said he's adjusting to Stafford's powerful arm. But he also praised Stafford's accuracy.  

"He's placed some balls on air and seven-on-sevens and I'm like, 'Wow, that's a great ball,'" Tate said. "For instance, I run a basic route, which is a 10-, 12-yard in, and he's put it right there, on the dot, where I can split the safeties and potentially score."


Golden Tate loves role in his new offense


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/16/2014) New Lions receiver Golden Tate thinks the offense he's going into this season will "fit better for me as a player than Seattle's did." Tate told the official team website that he's watched film on the Saints offense, which is what the playbook is based off of, and thinks of himself as a Lance Moore-type player with more explosion

As the website noted, Moore caught at least 50 passes and six scores in four of the five years he played at least 14 games with New Orleans. Both of those numbers should be attainable for Tate in Motown. 

Ultimately, Tate is excited about fitting his skills in with what's being asked of him. 

"Here we have our rules, initially, to learn the offense, but at the end of the day you have to play football," Tate said. "I think that's what I do best. Just finding ways to get open. Although a route is supposed to be at 15 yards, sometimes you're going to get pressed and your mental clock tells you to break it down to 12 (yards) and it'll time up correctly. I'm a mental clock kind of guy. In some instances it's going to be backyard football, find the hole and make a play, make a guy miss and go score with it. I see my game really fitting into this offense really well."

Tate has emerged into one of this year's hottest breakout candidates and a borderline No. 2 Fantasy receiver. Expect him to get taken between Rounds 5 and 7 depending on league size and scoring. 


Golden Tate: 'It's going to be tough to stop us'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2014) New Lions receiver Golden Tate is pumped about leaving a run-first offense for the Lions' pass-oriented attack. Seattle ran the ball 55 percent or more of the time in three of Tate's four seasons there.

The Lions had a 60/40 pass-to-run ratio last season, and that was their most balanced in years, according to the team's website.

“For me it just made more sense to come here,” Tate said. “You know, I just see a ton of upside in the vision that this organization has and that I have. It’s all the same. I’m excited just to be a part of something special.

“Like I said, I’m leaving a run-heavy offense to a pass-happy offense, so that’s exciting. I get to play with one of the best to ever play the game, so I wanted to jump on that opportunity and I’m just excited.”

With Calvin Johnson lining up opposite him, Matthew Stafford throwing the passes, and Reggie Bush and Joique Bell in the backfield, Tate said he sees the Lions "opening it up everywhere. I think it’s going to be tough to stop us.”


Lions passing game gets better


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/12/2014) The Lions signed receiver Golden Tate to a five-year, $31 million contract Wednesday with more than $13 million in guaranteed money. I like this move for all the respective Fantasy parties involved.

Start with Tate, who is coming off a career year in 2013 with 64 catches for 898 yards and five touchdowns in Seattle. He has been stifled by the Seahawks run-heavy offense the past two years with Russell Wilson, but all that is about to change.

Matthew Stafford has attempted 630-plus passes the past three seasons, and even with new head coach Jim Caldwell expected to dial it down, he'll still be throwing a lot. And Tate, playing opposite Calvin Johnson, should see single coverage on almost every play.

This should be his first chance for a 1,000-yard season, and he should score at least six touchdowns. I like Tate as a No. 3 receiver in all leagues with a mid-round pick.

As for Stafford, this gives him another playmaker, which is key. Johnson is the best receiver in the NFL, and Reggie Bush and Joique Bell are solid out of the backfield. Joseph Fauria is a sleeper tight end, but Tate adds another dimension to this passing game. 

Put Stafford back on your list as a Top 5 quarterback, and I would draft him as early as Round 4 after the Top 3 come off the board in Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees.


Golden Tate agrees to five-year deal with Lions


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2014) Free agent receiver Golden Tate is leaving the Seahawks for the Lions, who will sign him to a five-year deal, according to the Lions' website.

Tate's contract from the Lions is for five years worth $31 million including $13.25 guaranteed, according to ESPN's Josina Anderson.

Tate is the No. 2 receiver Detroit has been searching for, and he'll join a loaded offense featuring Matthew Stafford, Reggie Bush, Joique Bell and Calvin Johnson.

Before news broke about Tate, Bell said Tate "definitely would be a valuable piece to this already deadly offense."


Lions making big push for Golden Tate


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2014) Free agent receiver Golden Tate is visiting the Lions on Wednesday, and the team hopes he makes no further visits, reports NFL Network. The team views Tate as an ideal complement to Calvin Johnson.

This is Tate's first free agent visit.


Lions eyeing Golden Tate


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2014) The Lions are interested in free agent receiver Golden Tate as a complement to Calvin Johnson, reports NFL Network. Tate has said he'd like to return to the Seahawks, but it's unclear if they've made him a substantial offer.

Seahawks still in the mix for Golden Tate


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2014) The Seahawks still have a chance to retain free agent receiver Golden Tate, reports USA Today. Tate will be in demand on the open market after catching 64 passes for 898 yards and five touchdowns.

Report: Jets' top target should be Golden Tate


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2014) The Jets are desperate for receiver help, and Seahawks receiver Golden Tate should be their top target in free agency, according to Pro Football Focus. The website called Tate "a shifty player who can make plays after the catch – 45 missed tackles the last two seasons -- and a reliable target who rarely drops the ball – seven drops in his whole career.

"Tate would give the Jets exactly what they need on offense, plus upgrade their punt return unit," the report said.


Golden Tate hopes to stay with Seahawks


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/28/2014) Seahawks receiver Golden Tate is set to become a free agent, but he hopes to remain in Seattle beyond this season, reports The Seattle Times.

"I really can't worry about it because I did my part," said Tate, who led Seattle with 64 receptions for 898 yards in 2013 and also became one of the better punt returners in the NFL, averaging 11.5 yards. "I did the tough part, and that's performing on the field. ... And hopefully, I can call Seattle home for a few more years. But we'll see. I know that coach (Pete) Carroll has expressed that he would like to have me on the team, and I have expressed that I would like to stay on this team because I see this team winning for a long time. But we will see. Only time will tell."


Seahawks GM: Re-signing Golden Tate 'a priority'


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/21/2014) Seahawks general manager John Schneider said Thursday that re-signing free-agent-to-be receiver Golden Tate will be "a big priority." Tate was specifically mentioned by Schneider as the free agent he wanted to re-sign

"Golden knows where we stand, how much we love and how much we want him on this team," Schneider said according to ESPN. 

Tate led the Seahawks with 898 receiving yards and tied for the team lead with five touchdown catches. He also said earlier this offseason that he'd take a discount to stay with Seattle.


Seahawks not likely to use franchise tag


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2014) The Seahawks haven't used their franchise tag since 2010, and they're not expected to use it this year either, reports the Seattle Times. Candidates would include wideout Golden Tate, defensive end Michael Bennett and kicker Steven Hauschka, but the paper notes the tag "would mean a significant raise, and likely more than they will command per season for a multiyear contract on the open market."