Golden Tate
WR DET (10)
3 days ago

Tate returned to practice on Tuesday, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Tate suffered a minor injury in last Thursday's preseason loss to the Bengals but is now back on the field. The team has not commented on the wideout's status heading into Saturday's game against the Ravens.

Golden Tate
WR DET (10)
3 days ago

Tate (undisclosed) has not practiced since Detroit's second preseason game Aug. 18 versus Cincinnati, but is nearing a return, MLive.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

It's very unclear as to when, where or how Tate was injured, but the injury is not serious. Though he technically "missed" both Saturday and Sunday's practices, he was present at both sessions and witnessed running on Sunday night without the aid of a brace nor sleeve. Ultimately, Tate's Week 1 availability is not in question and he should return to the fold in the coming days. Until then, TJ Jones will likely fill in with the first-team offense.

Golden Tate
WR DET (10)
4 days ago

Tate caught 3-of-4 targets for 41 yards in Detroit's preseason loss to Cincinnati.

EDGE Analysis

Though Tate was largely efficient in the showing, it was clear he won't be the apple to QB Matt Stafford's eye in 2016; Marvin Jones garnered more targets, receptions and yards. Nonetheless, Tate still demonstrated that he is a focal point in the team's offensive attack and will remain Stafford's primary target in the mid-range passing game even with the addition of WR Anquan Boldin.

Golden Tate
WR DET (10)
2 weeks ago

Tate is expected to play a big role in the Lions' offense in 2016, but free-agent acquisition Marvin Jones has appeared to be the team's top wideout thus far into training camp, MLive.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Tate has amassed 189 receptions across the past two seasons, and appeared destined for a massive 2016 campaign in a No. 1 wideout role once Calvin Johnson announced his retirement. However, that doesn't appear to be the case thus far into the preseason. First, Detroit appears to be attempting to replace Johnson with a combination of Marvin Jones (who was signed to a larger contract than Tate), the newly-acquired Anquan Boldin, and an improved Eric Ebron (ankle). Here, Jones projects to assume the deep-threat role while Tate and Boldin serve as possession receivers with Ebron primarily used as a mismatch-creator in the middle of the field. What's more, OC Jim Bob Cooter seemed to prefer Tate almost exclusively in an underneath role in 2015; once Cooter assumed control of the Lions' offense in Week 8, Tate averaged less than 9.0 YPC in five of nine games to end the season. No, Tate isn't typically known as a deep threat anyway, but he did flash dangerous potential downfield after posting a 15.3 YPC in 2012 with Seattle. However, that average has declined each season since, and Tate is now coming off a career-low 9.0 YPC. Ultimately, Tate figures to retain a significant role in the Lions' offensive attack and could easily record another 90-catch campaign, but he doesn't automatically become a lock for a massive season just because Calvin Johnson is no longer on the team.

Golden Tate
WR DET (10)
7 months ago

Tate caught 90 of 128 targets for 813 yards and six touchdowns in 2015, adding 41 yards on six carries.

EDGE Analysis

For the second consecutive year, Tate led the Lions in receptions. He did much of his work underneath the coverage in 2015, his 9.0 yards per catch the lowest total of any receiver who ranked in the Top 10 in the league in catches. Tate disappointed early on with just one touchdown in the first 10 games of the season, but he was able to find the end zone five times in the final six contests of the season. More and better production could be in Tate's future as, if Calvin Johnson departs due to retirement or for cap savings, Tate would suddenly become Detroit's primary target.

Golden Tate
WR DET (10)
8 months ago

Tate plucked four of six targets for 34 yards in Sunday's win over Chicago.

EDGE Analysis

Tate had a nice five-game stretch between Week 11 and 15 during which he totaled 38 catches and five touchdowns. Tate scored just once during the season's remaining 11 games. Tate was relatively quiet this season, despite reaching 90 receptions as he averaged just over nine yards per catch and never topped 80 yards in a game. Tate's value next season will be heavily tied to the future of Calvin Johnson and the coaching staff. Should Johnson depart and the staff stay, Tate has already found a niche in Jim Bob Cooter's offense - seeing more targets than Johnson in four of the Lions' eight games following the bye.

Golden Tate
WR DET (10)
8 months ago

Tate caught four passes off of five targets for 59 yards in Sunday's win over the 49ers.

EDGE Analysis

Tate entered Sunday on his hottest run of the season, tallying 38 catches and five scores in his past five games. He came back down to earth on Sunday, posting his fewest number of targets and catches since Week 10. There's no doubt that Tate has enjoyed a huge spike in success in Detroit's revamped offense under new coordinator Jim Bob Cooter and fantasy owners should feel comfortable starting him against a Bears defense that he scored against earlier this season. Sunday's performance certainly dampens that comfort, however.

Golden Tate
WR DET (10)
8 months ago4 Comments

Tate caught six passes (on six targets) for 45 yards and two touchdowns in Monday night's win over the Saints.

EDGE Analysis

Tate enjoyed an excellent first half Monday night, scoring a pair of touchdowns within the five yard line to spark the Lions' early lead. In fact, Monday marked Tate's second straight performance with two touchdowns, continuing his great close to the campaign. Over the Lions' last four games, Tate has caught 30 of his 34 targets while scoring five times. Such production puts Tate's stock on the rise heading into Week 16.

Golden Tate
WR DET (10)
8 months ago

Tate reeled in nine passes off of 10 targets for 60 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's loss to St. Louis. He added a 15-yard run during the contest.

EDGE Analysis

Tate lined up wide right and cut across the middle on quick slants for both of his touchdowns on Sunday, doubling his scoring total for the season in the process. Tate continues to be a short-gain receiver, having averaged more than 10 yards per catch just three times this season, but he's certainly on the upswing, seeing more targets than Calvin Johnson in three of the Lions' past four games and scoring thrice in the process. Tate's lack of big-time yardage makes him a so-so start in standard leagues unless he's scoring, but with four consecutive games of at least seven catches, he's a great start in PPR formats.

Golden Tate
WR DET (10)
9 months ago

Tate caught eight passes for 63 yards on 10 targets in Thursday's 27-23 loss to the Packers.

EDGE Analysis

Tate led the Lions in receptions, targets and receiving yards, though it was Calvin Johnson and Eric Ebron who caught Matthew Stafford's touchdowns. Tate has overcome his early-season swoon to record seven or more catches on eight or more targets in each of the last three games, but he's still not getting looks down the field, which makes him far more useful in PPR leagues. The Lions travel to St. Louis in Week 14.