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Tate caught three passes for 36 yards in the Lions' third preseason game.

Tate is locked in as a starter opposite Calvin Johnson, so this preseason is simple about him getting acclimated to Matthew Stafford and Detroit's offense.

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Tate caught his only target for 14 yards in Saturday's preseason opener against the Browns.

Locked in as a starter and no longer dealing with a shoulder injury, Tate just needs to make it through the preseason without getting hurt. The change in offensive systems should lead to more targets, but the Lions do have plenty of players to throw to, even if the receivers behind Tate and Calvin Johnson are shaky. Reggie Bush and Joique Bell are both proven receiving threats out of the backfield, while first-round rookie Eric Ebron joins Brandon Pettigrew and Joseph Fauria in the tight end group.

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Lions removed Golden Tate (shoulder) from active/PUP.

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Lions placed WR Golden Tate (undisclosed) and RE Ziggy Ansah (shoulder) on the active/PUP list.

We're not quite sure what is ailing Tate, but there's been no indication his absence will be long. Ansah is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery and was fully expected to open camp on PUP. He'll be ready for Week 1.

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Golden Tate is not expected to return punts for the Lions.

Tate was Pro Football Focus' No. 1 punt returner while playing for Seattle last season, averaging 11.5 yards per return. In Detroit, he'll focus on an expanded offensive role while putting that unique elusiveness to use opposite Calvin Johnson. Jeremy Ross is expected to remain the primary return man.

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Golden Tate compared his role in the Lions offense to the one Lance Moore had with the Saints.

Per the Lions' official site, new OC Joe Lombardi has brought over a lot of concepts he learned while in New Orleans for the previous seven seasons. Between 2008-12, Moore's per-game averages were 4.05 catches for 51.6 yards and 0.5 touchdowns. He had one 1,000-yard season, one 10-touchdown season and went over 60 catches three times during that span. Tate is capable of far greater things as he's more athletic, more explosive, has better hands and will be in space more while playing off Calvin Johnson.

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New Lions WR Golden Tate said the Seahawks' offer to re-sign him was "laughable."

Tate says the Seahawks weren't willing to make more than a take-it-or-leave-it offer, and that he'll make more in Detroit this season than he would have the next two years in Seattle. Tate had claimed he was open to giving the Seahawks a hometown discount, but the sides were clearly never on the same page.

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Goldent Tate wants to compete for the punt returning duties in Detroit.

Lions' incumbent Jeremy Ross surprised as a returner last season, but Tate was one of the best punt returners in the league in 2013. With Tate expected to have a big role in the offense, it might be smarter to save his legs and let Ross handle the job. Either way, the Lions should have a dynamic special teams unit in 2014.

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Golden Tate anticipates "moving around a lot more" in Detroit after playing X-Iso receiver in Seattle.

Though it obviously worked for the Super Bowl champs, it was frustrating at times to watch Tate's run-after-catch skills go to waste as a perimeter-only wideout in Seattle. He should play far more slot receiver in Detroit, running higher-percentage routes. Some great stats on Tate per PFF's Pete Damilatis: Tate has dropped just five of his 149 catchable targets over the last three seasons, the lowest "drop rate" of any NFL wide receiver. Tate's 50 "missed tackles" forced the past three years are nine more than any wideout in football.

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Lions agreed to terms with WR Golden Tate, formerly of the Seahawks, on a five-year contract.

The Lions' quixotic quest to find a viable starter opposite Calvin Johnson ends. Tate was Rotoworld's No. 4 remaining receiver. Coming off a career year where he caught 64 passes for 898 yards and five scores, Tate's numbers have been suppressed by the Seahawks' run-heavy offense, but that won't be an issue in Detroit. A dynamo with the ball in his hands, Tate is most effective after the catch. Even with passing-mad OC Scott Linehan gone from the Motor City, the Lions will be throwing all day, every day in 2014. Tate will be a viable threat for his first 1,000-yard season.