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Golden Tate: Doesn’t view himself as #2

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Tate, who led the Lions in catches and receiving yards last season while Johnson missed time with injuries, said he views himself as a No. 1 receiver no matter who else is on the field.

“I’ll go back to when I signed my contract,” Tate told the Detroit Free Press. “I was fully aware that if I’m playing with one of the best receivers to ever and arguably the best player to play in the game right now, I understood that. But I wasn’t coming in with the mindset that I’m going to be second to anyone. I don’t care if I was playing with Jerry Rice, Cris Carter and Calvin on the same team. I don’t have that mindset that I’m going to be the No. 2. I came in fighting for the No. 1. And realistically, we understand the situation. And that’s just kind of my mindset.”

In Weeks 4-8, Johnson missed three games and was severely limited by injuries in two others. In those five games, Tate totaled 39 catches for 599 yards, and the Lions went 4-1. Tate is proud that he helped the Lions move toward the playoffs while their biggest star was sidelined.

“I was told every day just to be the best I possibly could,” Tate said. “And we don’t know what injuries are going to happen or different things are going to happen during the season and [last season] they needed me to show up big. And when Calvin was out I tried to lead this team a little bit more than I had in the past and it worked out for us. So it builds trust.”

Given that the Lions are devoting more than $28 million in cap space to the wide receiver position, by far the most in the NFL, they’d better have more than one guy who can act as a No. 1 receiver.

Golden Tate: Time is now for the Lions

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

The recent history of the Detroit Lions is a sad tale, overflowing with bitter losses and miserable season stacked upon miserable season.

The Lions haven’t won a playoff game since 1991 — that was pre-birth for the team’s 2015 draft picks. Detroit last won a division title in 1993, back when it was still the Central Division, kids. After being lugged to the playoffs by Barry Sanders six times in the ’90s, Detroit has gone to the postseason just twice this Millennium, as a Wild Card, and lost both times.

Oh, the woe is not finished.

Since divisional shuffling in 2002, the Lions have never gone three consecutive seasons without finding themselves in the cellar of the NFC North. Guess how many back-to-back double-digit win seasons Detroit has? Zero. You read that correctly, in the entire history of the Detroit Lions, dating back to the 1930s, they have never compiled consecutive double-digit win seasons. Since 2000, the Lions have earned more seasons with five or fewer victories than six or more triumphs.

This is a franchise whose players in 2001 boisterously celebrated a Week 14 victory that avoided a zero-win season. Seven seasons later they went 0-16. This soliloquy of woe doesn’t even touch the myriad draft picks busted and coaching fumbles plaguing the Ford-owned team.

Despite the negative history, Lions receiver Golden Tate believes all that despair can be relegated to the past by the current iteration wearing Honolulu Blue.

“I think it’s time for us to consistently, year in and year out, win ballgames,” Tate told the Detroit Free Press. “I think we have the personnel. I think we have the coach, the coaching staff. I think we have a heck of a fan base.

“It’s time. We’re trying to shake ‘the same old Lions.’ We’re trying to become — I thought we were good — I think we’re trying to become elite now. I think we’re trying to compete with the Packers and give them a run for their money and take over our division year in and year out.”

If only words were so easily acted out.

The Lions have some stellar pieces. They boast one of the top receiver combos in the NFL, rookie runner Ameer Abdullah could be a stud and it will be intriguing to watch defensive coordinator Teryl Austin tinker and scheme with a flexible unit.

But there is a long way to get over the Green Bay hump and the plucky Minnesota Vikings are clipping at their heels. The Lions have their work cut out to achieve the first back-to-back 10-plus win seasons in franchise history and dispatch that ‘same old Lions‘ moniker.

Golden Tate on improved Team

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Wide receiver Golden Tate says the offense is showing ‘night and day’ improvement from where they were at last year during OTAs.

This time last year Golden Tate and the rest of his teammates on offense were learning a whole new scheme. Last year OTAs were about the terminology, getting lined up right and learning what offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi expected from them.

Tate said it’s “night and day” in terms of where they are as an offense at the same point this year.

“I think we’re definitely ahead of where we were,” Tate said Monday before teeing off at The Charlie Sanders Foundation annual charity golf tournament at Knollwood Country Club. “We’re not totally trying to make over our team because we have what it takes to be a good team and a good team for a long time. We just want to keep building on what we did last year.

“Offensively, I feel like we know our assignments now. We know how it’s supposed to look. Now we can dial in on really understanding the coverages. What pass or what play does Matt (Stafford) really like in this coverage? Being able to know a different signal without it being too much, and being confident that we’re both going to be on the same page. Just things like that. Simple things.”

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WR Golden Tate (Photo: Detroit Lions)

The Lions’ offense was inconsistent in its first season under Lombardi, finishing the year ranked 19th overall and 22nd in scoring.

“We don’t have to do anything different,” Tate said. “We just have to be a little bit better and that’s one thing that coach (Jim) Caldwell said this offseason.

“If we just convert one or two more third downs a game, score seven more points a game, have one less penalty, whatever the case is, we will see improvements.”

Tate had a huge impact in his first season in Detroit. He caught 99 passes for 1,331 yards with four touchdowns during the regular season and earned the first Pro Bowl nod of his career.

He’s expecting an even bigger contribution in year two.

“Catch one more ball in a game or make one more block in a game or help this team win one or two more games,” Tate said of how he plans to be better in 2015. “I just want to improve any way I can.

“I had a career high year (in 2014), but for me, that’s not good enough. I want to see how many career highs I can stack on consecutive years. Never show that (I’m) losing a step.”

That’s a goal head coach Jim Caldwell said is well within Tate’s reach.

“Maybe he doesn’t catch 100 balls, but maybe he has 20 touchdowns,” Caldwell said. “You can improve in a number of different ways in our business and I know he’s committed to doing that.”

Tate has become a huge part of the Lions offense, and if that side of the ball is truly “night and day” ahead of where it was this time last year, the Lions just might be closer to being a more balanced football team.

Golden Tate: Top 100 players of 2015!

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Q & A with Golden 11/20/2012

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Send me your questions and I will do my best to answer as many as possible tomorrow (11/20)! I look forward to interacting with you guys and sharing my hobbies off the field, favorite activities, or anything else you may not have known about me!