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15 Golden Tate WR
Height/Weight: 5-10/202 | Birthdate: 8/2/1988 | Birthplace: Nashville, TN, USA | Team: Detroit | College: Notre Dame | NFL Experience: 6 | Owned/Started%: 100/100 | Average Draft Position: 51.62
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Lions WR Golden Tate 'night and day' more comfortable in 2015


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2015) Lions second-year wide receiver Golden Tate has stated that his familiarity and comfort level with the offense this offseason is "night and day" better than it was a year ago, per the team website. He added that his goal is to improve on the numbers he established last year.

That won't be easy. He had easily his best season in 2014 with 99 catches for 1,331 yards and four touchdowns to earn a Pro Bowl spot. A total of 58 of his receptions were for first downs.


Lions WR Golden Tate doesn't feel pressure due to loss of Suh


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) Although Lions wide receiver Golden Tate feels the loss of Ndamukong Suh is a blow to the team, he doesn't believe it puts more pressure on the offense, reports ESPN. 

When asked specifically about the subject, Tate was clear about his thoughts.

"No, I don't think it adds any pressure," Tate said by phone Monday. "We just need to be who we are. We know that we have a lot of weapons all over the field. We just need to reach our potential each and every week.

"We just need to go out there and play fundamentally sound football and I have no doubt our defense is going to be really good again this year and we just got to do our jobs. There's no pressure on anyone but to be ourselves and to play good football."

Additionally, Tate recognizes that Suh was a game-changing player for the Lions, but he likes the addition of Haloti Ngata.

"Obviously, losing Suh is a big hit," Tate said. "I don't care what team you are, he's the guy that can change the game. Change an opposing offense's game plan. He affects the game so much. But with that being said, I'm thankful to have [had] the opportunity to play with him for a year and be a part of something special. But the show must go on.

"The guy we got, [Haloti] Ngata, is a heck of a player. I think it's a good pickup for us. I know he has a past with coach Caldwell so he knows the ins and outs of the system, probably. But we're ready to move forward. We can't live in the past and football season must still go on. We're preparing to have a great year and build from last year."

The 26-year-old stated that he plans on focusing on the intricacies of the offensive playbook heading into this season.

"One thing I really want to focus on is learning the playbook a little bit better," Tate said. "I felt like I knew it for the most part, but details, running the plays exactly how Joe Lombardi draws them up, could help us win more games and create more opportunities for myself and our team."

Tate finished his first season with the Lions catching 99 passes for 1,331 yards and four touchdowns.


Golden Tate might return more punts in 2015


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(3/25/2015) The Lions' Golden Tate was used strictly as a receiver during the regular season last year before returning a punt against the Cowboys in Detroit's playoff loss. Coach Jim Caldwell suggested Tate might get more opportunities as a punt returner in 2015.

"I suspect at some point in time he's going to play a role in that area for us," Caldwell told MLive.com.

Playing for Seattle in 2013, Tate had eight punt returns of at least 20 yards. Lions punt returner Jeremy Ross had just three such returns last season, and he fumbled four times.


Lions' Caldwell feels Tate can surpass Pro Bowl numbers in 2015


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/23/2015) Lions Pro Bowl receiver Golden Tate had a career year in 2014, posting 99 catches for 1,331 yards and four touchdowns in 16 games. While his numbers were impressive, coach Jim Caldwell feels Tate could be in for an even better campaign in 2015, per the Detroit Free Press.

"It doesn't take a whole year to determine what a guy can do from a schematic standpoint, but I do think that what happens is, guys get more comfortable within the system from quarterback to offensive line to running backs to all those involved, and you should see an uptick," Caldwell said Wednesday at the Senior Bowl. "If we're not playing better than we played this year then obviously all of us are going to be disappointed about that. So I would anticipate in every phase that we're going to be able to improve."

Caldwell said Tate's role probably won't change much, but he added the Lions should be more balanced when Tate and wide receiver Calvin Johnson are on the field at the same time. Johnson missed some time in 2014 due to an ankle injury.

"Golden had a superb year with 99 catches and just did an incredible job on third down for us," Caldwell said. "Was a great leader for us as well. Stepped into some very, very difficult situations and certainly gave us an opportunity."


Lions wide receiver Golden Tate replacing Jeremy Maclin in Pro Bowl


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/18/2015) Lions wide receiver Golden Tate will replace Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin in the Pro Bowl, the team has announced. Maclin has decided to bow out of the game for personal reasons, according to Alex Marvez of Fox Sports.

Tate had 99 catches for 1,331 yards and four touchdowns in 2014. He was considered the fourth alternate for the game. It is also the first time in Lions' history two wide receivers will play in the Pro Bowl in the same season.


Golden Tate, Calvin Johnson play well in Lions' Wild Card loss


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/4/2015) Lions wide receiver Golden Tate led his team with six receptions for 89 yards and one touchdown in Sunday's 24-20 Wild Card loss to the Cowboys.

Tate was able to break free for a 51-yard touchdown early in the first quarter, catching a pass on a slant route as his defender fell down and running around another defender who took a bad angle to the receiver. He was held quiet in the second half, managing just two catches and nine yards after the break.

Wide receiver Calvin Johnson also performed well in the loss, catching five of his targets for 85 yards. His big play came on a 28-yard reception early in the third quarter to put his team within field-goal range, but the Lions were unable to score after going up 20-7 after the kick.


Lions' Tate fires back at Cowboys' Church: 'I don't know this guy'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/1/2015) Lions wide receiver Golden Tate responded Thursday to comments from Cowboys safety Barry Church, who vowed revenge for a blindside hit Tate had on Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee in 2012 when Tate played for Seattle.

"Man, I don't know this guy," Tate said Thursday, per ESPN. "I just now heard of him yesterday from this incident. He's trying to get on the scene, I guess. We'll see."

Church said Wednesday that Tate's hit "was the dirtiest shot I've ever seen." The hit led to a $21,000 fine for Tate, who hit Lee in the chest and chin with the crown of his helmet.

"We were talking about it on the way back from Washington, me and Sean," Church said. "He was just like, 'Man, I wish I could play so bad in this game just to give a little payback for what he did in Seattle.'

"Obviously he can't play, but we're definitely going to keep our radar out for [Tate] because that was a dirty shot. We're looking forward to seeing him. We'll definitely get him back after that, but it will be within the rules, within the rules."


Cowboys S Church seeking 'payback' on Lions WR Tate


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/31/2014) In the wake of the overturned suspension to Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh, another perceived cheap shot by a current Detroit player has Cowboys safety Barry Church seeking revenge.

Church is vowing payback against receiver Golden Tate, who clobbered him on an illegal blindside block while the latter was playing for Seattle in September 2012.

"That was the dirtiest shot I've ever seen," Church told 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. "We were talking about it on the way back from Washington, me and [teammate Sean Lee]. He was just like, 'Man, I wish I could play so bad in this game just give a little payback for what he did in Seattle.'

"Obviously he can't play, but we're definitely going to keep our radar out for [Tate] because that was a dirty shot. We're looking forward to seeing him. We'll definitely get him back after that, but it will be within the rules."


Golden Tate leads team with 45 receiving yards in loss to Green Bay


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/28/2014) Lions wide receiver Golden Tate had three catches for 45 yards in Detroit's 30-20 loss to the Packers Sunday.

Tate was targeted five times. He finishes the 2014 regular season with 99 catches for 1,331 yards and four touchdowns, his best receiving yards season of his career.

Tate and the Lions will take on the Cowboys in the wild card round of the NFC playoffs next week.


Lions WR Golden Tate just OK in Sunday victory


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) Lions wideout Golden Tate didn't take full advantage of his 10 targets in Week 16 against Chicago.

Tate did catch five passes for 62 yards. He has just one touchdown in the last seven games. He will seek to visit the end zone next Sunday at Green Bay.


Lions' Golden Tate finds the end zone Week 15


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/14/2014) Lions wideout Golden Tate managed to find the end zone Week 15 against the Vikings.

Tate wound up being Matthew Stafford's most popular target, leading the team with seven receptions. He was mostly used as a short-yardage guy, averaging just 5.4 yards per catch. While Tate finished with just 38 yards, he was the recipient of Stafford's only touchdown throw of the game. In the second quarter, Tate hauled in a 7 yard catch for the score. He also carried the ball twice, picking up 5 yards.

Tate will take on the Bears Week 16. 


Lions' Golden Tate held to just 50 yards in win over Buccaneers


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/7/2014) Lions wide receiver Golden Tate managed just four catches for 50 yards in Sunday's win over the Bucs. Tate had just five targets, his lowest since Week 11 against the Cardinals when he had just two. 

Tate has 1,186 yards and three touchdowns on the year. 

The Lions will face Minnesota in Week 15. 


Lions WR Golden Tate has eight-catch, 89-yard outing Week 13


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/27/2014) Lions wide receiver Golden Tate totaled eight catches for 89 yards during a 34-17 win vs. Chicago on Thanksgiving. He was targeted 10 times and his longest catch went 24 yards.

Tate has finished with fewer than 60 receiving yards just four times this season. The Lions are back in action Week 14 vs. Tampa Bay.


Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate won't ruin each other


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/23/2014) During the six games in which Calvin Johnson was either sidelined or compromised by an ankle injury, fellow Lions wide receiver Golden Tate emerged as a must-start Fantasy option, averaging 8.3 catches for 118.0 yards. But the ride appeared to end with Johnson's return Week 11 at Arizona. Not only did Tate catch just two passes for 41 yards, but he was targeted just twice.

Both players got double-digit targets Week 12 at New England, however, and Tate was back to being the more productive of the two, gaining 97 yards on four catches. Johnson was no slouch, picking up 58 on four catches of his own. If quarterback Matthew Stafford had completed more than just 18 of his 46 passes, imagine the numbers those two would have put up.

The matchup had something to do with it, though. The Patriots ranked high against the pass prior to their recent matchups against the Colts, Broncos and Bears. Considering Tate was going against star defensive back Darrelle Revis and Johnson was double covered much of the afternoon, both put up respectable numbers.

Which means both could be in for big numbers with a favorable matchup Week 13 against Chicago. With the way Tate bounced back, I'd consider both must-starts in Fantasy.


Lions WR Golden Tate cools off after red-hot start Week 12


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/23/2014) Lions receiver Golden Tate got off to a fast start but cooled off in Sunday's 34-9 defeat to New England in Week 12.

Tate hauled in two receptions for 41 yards on the opening drive, followed by a 42-yard grab on the opening play of the second quarter. He cracked the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his career with that second-quarter reception. He was limited to only one catch for a gain of 14 yards in the second half. Tate was targeted 10 times and finished with four catches for 97 yards. He also took one end-around for 13 yards.

Tate has 1,047 receiving yards and three scores on the year. He'll look to keep rolling on Thanksgiving Day against Chicago.


Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate, Joique Bell labeled active for Lions


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/23/2014) Lions wide receivers Calvin Johnson (ankle) and Golden Tate (hip) were both designated as active for Sunday's clash against New England. Running back Joique Bell (ankle) was also labeled as active for Week 12. Both players were listed as probable entering Sunday and were not in any danger of missing game action.

Probables dominate injury report posted by Lions


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2014) The Lions are in good physical shape for their Sunday game against the Patriots aside from the ruled-out statuses of defensive tackle Nick Fairley and guard Larry Warford with knee problems.

Running back Reggie Bush (ankle) is questionable, but the rest of those on the injury report are probable, including star wideouts Calvin Johnson (ankle) and Golden Tate (hip). The rest are running back Joique Bell (ankle), tight end Brandon Pettigrew (foot) and tackle LaAdrian Waddle (knee).


Golden Tate held to season lows Week 11


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(11/16/2014) Lions receiver Golden Tate saw his streak of three straight 100-yard games come to a crashing halt in Sunday's 14-6 loss at Arizona. Tate caught both his targets for 41 yards, his lowest output all season.

Tate and the entire Lions' offense will look to get back on track Week 12 at New England.


Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate dominate in win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/9/2014) There was, rightfully, some concern from Fantasy owners about how Calvin Johnson's return to action would work for the Lions, after Golden Tate's emergence as a top-flight option in Johnson's absence. After one week, against a very tough matchup, those concerns should largely go away, as both players found room for success in a 20-16 win over the Dolphins.

Johnson stayed in his role as the go-to big-play receiver, came down with seven catches for 113 yards and a touchdown. Tate, meanwhile, slid in comfortably as a possession receiver, hauling in 11 catches for 109 yards, good for second on the team. Johnson still led the team in targets with 15, while Tate had 13 passes thrown his way, a healthy number.

The Lions have thrown the ball a ton in recent years even without a dependable second option behind Johnson, so Tate should still be in line for a healthy workload. The fact they did this against the Dolphins bodes well for the duo's future success, as Miami's defense entered Week 10 allowing the sixth-fewest Fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season.

The Lions have another tough matchup on the way in Week 11 against the Cardinals, but at this point, both players have to be considered must-start options. 


Lions WR Golden Tate keeps rolling with another 100-yard game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/9/2014) The return of Calvin Johnson to the starting lineup did not affect Lions wide receiver Golden Tate on Sunday, as he topped the 100-yard mark for the third consecutive game in a 20-16 victory over Miami in Week 10.

Tate caught two of his first three passes from Matthew Stafford on the opening drive of the game. He turned things up in the second quarter registering eight receptions, including a 28-yard grab on the final play of the third quarter for his longest gain of the day. Four of his eight second-half catches came on the final drive of the game, which led to a game-winning touchdown to Theo Riddick with 29 seconds remaining in the game.

Tate was targeted 13 times and finished with 11 catches for 109 yards. He has surpassed the 100-yard mark five times this season. Through nine games, he has 66 grabs for 909 yards and three touchdowns.

The Lions will travel to Phoenix to face the Cardinals in Week 11.


Calvin Johnson's return, tough matchup clouds Tate's value


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/5/2014) Lions wide receiver Golden Tate has emerged as a star in Calvin Johnson's absence, but will now move into a smaller role in the offense with Johnson expected back for Week 10 against the Dolphins.

Tate has been the team's primary receiver for most of the past five games as a result of Johnson's injury, and is averaging 119.8 yards per game and had three touchdowns in that span. He was much less productive with a healthy Johnson around, naturally, but wasn't exactly a non-factor, averaging 5.3 receptions on seven targets, en route to 67 yards per game.

Secondary receivers playing next to Calvin Johnson have rarely put up big numbers, but the Lions have also never had a receiver of Tate's talent level next to him. Unfortunately, Tate might actually struggle to produce this week, with a tough matchup against the Dolphins on the way. Miami's defense is allowing the fifth-fewest Fantasy points per game to wide receivers this season, and have allowed multiple receivers to pick up double figures in Fantasy points just once.

The Lions should sling the ball around enough to keep both Tate and Johnson productive and happy, but this is a tough matchup for them to do so . 


Golden Tate setting a new standard


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/26/2014) You should know the deal with Lions wide receiver Golden Tate by now. With Calvin Johnson sidelined for most of the last five games with a high ankle sprain, he's basically been the only target in quarterback Matthew Stafford's sights, going for well more than 100 yards for the fourth time during that stretch Week 8 against Atlanta in London.

His average in those five games is 119.8 yards. The only time he fell short of 100 was Week 6 at Minnesota, when he caught seven passes for 44 yards, but he was targeted 12 times even then.

Looking back at Tate's game log, he was no slouch when Johnson was healthy, averaging 67.0 yards in the Lions' first three games. Of course, nobody really thought of him as a must-start player back then, making his emergence in Fantasy seem like it's directly tied to Johnson's injury. But while he'll certainly lose value when Johnson returns, Tate may just be good enough for you to stick with him in Fantasy even then. Stafford has never had a secondary target this talented and has never gotten to mesh with one so. It may keep him from having tunnel vision going forward.

Tate has shown he's deserving of Stafford's trust, too. His 151 yards in Week 8 came despite playing most of the game with a sore back.


Lions WR Golden Tate eclipses 150-yard mark in London victory


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/26/2014) With star wideout Calvin Johnson sidelined with an ankle injury, Lions receiver Golden Tate had another monster performance, scoring and cracking the 150-yard mark for the second consecutive week in his team's come-from-behind 22-19 victory over the Falcons in Week 8.

Tate came down with a 51-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter for his third touchdown of the season. He was targeted 15 times and finished with seven grabs for 151 yards and a score. 599 of his 800 receiving yards have come over the last five games.

The Lions are on a bye Week 9 before returning Week 10 at home against the Dolphins.


Golden Tate proving himself each week


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) Lions wide receiver Golden Tate is no Calvin Johnson, to be sure, but you wouldn't be able to tell just based on his stat line over the last four games. Tate put together another monstrous performance in Week 7 against the Saints.

Tate hauled in a career-high 10 passes Sunday, giving him 32 receptions for 448 yards over the last four games. Those are positively Megatron-esque numbers, and he has added two touchdowns in that span. Tate has been the team's top option in each game with Johnson sidelined, and should continue to be so until Johnson is at full health.

Tate has at least five receptions in each game this season, so it isn't like he has only been useful with Johnson limited. At this point, he has to be active in all Fantasy formats, and should be considered a must-start option against a dreadful Falcons defense in Week 8. 


Golden Tate rips Saints for 10 catches, 154 receiving yards


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(10/19/2014) Lions receiver Golden Tate set career highs with 10 catches for 154 yards in the Week 7 comeback win over the Saints. Tate drew a game-high 13 targets as he helped Detroit overcome the absence of top wideout Calvin Johnson.

Tate turned what looked like a short reception into a 73-yard touchdown with 3:38 remaining in the game. He broke one tackle and outraced the Saints' secondary to the end zone. Tate now has three 100-yard receiving efforts in his last four games.

He'll play the Falcons in London in Week 8.