Tate Thinks He Can Excel In Lions' Offense
Wednesday Aug 27, 2014 12:00am
(ALLEN PARK) - When Golden Tate chose to sign with the Detroit Lions during free agency, part of the appeal to the wide receiver was the offense laid out to him. After spending the first four years of his career in Seattle, where the Seahawks ran the ball just as much as they threw it, including 155 more runs than passes during the last three seasons after the team acquired Marshawn Lynch, he has now moved to an offense that likes to throw. And potentially throw a lot. This is why, when Tate says he believes he can better his 64 receptions and 898 yards from last season, it is a plausible thought even though he moved from being the No. 1 receiver in Seattle to the No. 2 receiver in Detroit. Tate says with Calvin Johnson drawing a majority of a defense's attention, it should leave him with a lot of single coverage against No. 2 and No. 3 cornerbacks. Plus he says it will open things up for other Lions receivers and running backs. Those are a lot of players for Matthew Stafford to choose between on a given play, so while Tate might not receive as many looks as he did in Seattle, he should see much more favorable coverage. If Tate wants to eclipse those numbers, he might have to do it on fewer than the 98 targets he had last season. He did say, as many players will, he would sacrifice individual stats if Detroit can finally win.