I’m starting to believe that Golden Tate has a great chance at making the Pro Bowl as a member of the Detroit Lions.
Last season with Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice missing so much time due to injury Tate became the Seahawks’ number one receiver, and as a result he saw his fair share of double teams and extra defensive focus. Despite that Tate finished the year with 898 receiving yards and five touchdowns.
Now that he’s paired with Calvin Johnson and a gunslinger at quarterback, Tate’s production should see a big jump in 2014. Take a look at this play from the game against the Raiders. Tate is lined up at the bottom, facing a one on one matchup with Oakland’s cornerback. Tate takes off and fakes a move to the outside – the DB bites hard – Tate shuffles back inside and finds himself wide open for a touchdown pass from Stafford.
It’s only one play and it is the preseason, but it’s not a fluke. Tate is lethal in the open field and excels at finding the holes in a defense. Expect to see a whole lot more wide open Stafford to Tate throws this season.